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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.


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  1. Congrats TIM. Plane Ride looks great. Kevin.
  2. Hard to answer specifically without knowing what you are starting with. And how you want to change it. Typical carbon spar these days is made with epoxy pre-preg carbon. It's assembled and then heat is used to fire off the epoxy. Then a clear coat or something else is added to add some UV protection. Basic repair/tweaking process would be to sand through the clear coat, add your desired additional material wet out with epoxy resin of your choice. I would use a strip of nylon and some knit absorber fabric next. Then wrap with poly stretch film as evenly as possible. Once you get the results you are looking for, add fresh clear coat, automotive clear coat works well for this. Good luck.
  3. I'm special too. I got the same super special email. Anyone pursue the special price only good until the end of this sailing season for a boat you won't see until after that and can't get wet in the mid-west until May 15, 2016 at the earliest cause that's when the water will be survivable? Strictly sail price was 7.5K as I recall. I'm also curious what it weights in at. Aero is interesting too. both are basically the same price. Cost of upkeep would be an interesting comparison. How much for a North main for the melges versus a dacron main for the aero?
  4. Let's see... He worked hard to make the hull work in low riding mode. Volume down low in the bow to minimize the digging in and chines aft so you could go to the back and put the rudder down. The test sails today for the waszp show that the design ideas are working in reality. The bow doesn't dig like a mach2, instead the bow cuts through and pops back up. Result, better low riding and better recover when coming off the foils. AMac also wants a wind limit for the foils. So in light wind you would just be in low riding mode without the foils and everyone would be out with the same setup. The prototype at the event hasn't been on the water yet. It was the first boat out of the production molds I think he said. He said it's not fully sorted yet so it wouldn't be out during the foiling week event. The foil tips are a work in process. He falls back to the simple end cap idea but doesn't want to give up on the "feather" tips yet. The wishbone boom was working well in testing. It allows the bottom of the sail to get closer to the deck because it's easier to duck a soft sail than a low boom, a un-intended consequence. The current boat is the 4th redesign in 5 years. Advances in the mach2 effect the waszp, like the low speed foils for the mach2 are the same profile being used here in aluminum form. Seems like there was something else, but it's been a few days since I watched it. Simpler, safer and less twitchy moth seems to be what this boat is all about. I go back in forth between, wow would that be cool, and I must be crazy to think I'll ever get it on it's foils. As of 7/24 they have 10 weeks of pre-orders. Cheers, Kevin.
  5. What on earth is the problem. If its better than a Whisper Cat or a 505 what's the big deal. You might as well complain that a racing motorcyle costs more than a Harley Davidson... Agreed. People spend more for jib then one of these boats all up. And the Waszp is $11,600 U.S. delivered. ½ the cost of a Mach 2 is the planned price. That's the real number. Production is supposed to start by the end of the year and they have 8 weeks booked as of 7/15.
  6. I'd beg to differ on the "ease of maintenance" of carbon/epoxy boat parts compared to hard anodized aluminum. I've built my own i550 and lots of carbon parts for it, including a carbon rudder and cassette. Carbon parts wear differently then aluminum parts, but they certainly have to be watched and checked just like every other part of your boat. Ignore it at your own risk, and over build it or plan to fix it. The moth guys are pushing the limits constantly to go faster so they keep taking away from a part until it breaks. If I had a mach 2, I sure I would have a punch list of things to change every time I came off the water. I know I do every I come in on the i550. I'm seriously considering the waszp as my next boat. The beach launching ability and getting past the sand bars before dropping the foils is perfect for my local sailing beach. Simple sail control systems and no stays to run into during a crash are a bonus. The possibility of learning to foil seal the deal. If (When) I send in my $300 AUS build spot reservation, I'll be banking on the waszp to deliver a robust package that I can handle and enjoy. Either I'll be loving it out of the gate and will never want to sail a sunfish again, or I'll be looking up atefooterz to sell him my boat. A refundable build spot in the low 100's (they are already at 8 weeks production reserved) seems like a good place to jump in. Cheers. Kevin.
  7. I've found that balance goes out the window as the boat heels excessively. The leeward chine digs in and starts to take over driving the boat to weather. Solutions are to hike it flat or deal with weather helm. This is the #1 cause of rudder failures. Big gust, not enough hike or slow on the ease, heel too much, load up the rudder to fight the chine, crack or snap (depending on hardware). In general, balance has been much better since I got a better handle on my rig tune. Enjoy the build.
  8. The CobWeb regatta was held in Brookville IN June 29,30. It was a stormy weekend with only light winds and plenty of thundershowers where we only got off one "race" that was too light and shifty to be called a race. One boat had technical issues so only 2 were out sailing with the Brookville Lake Sailing Association. We are planning another event later this summer to give it another go. Cheers to all.
  9. That's what I'm hoping for. :-) My massive 160 sqft main looks tiny next to Chad's. So far, he's made the right call for the mid-west as both events turned out to be in shifty light conditions (both Madison and Brookville). We have 2 boats at Montrose Harbor in Chicago this summer so we should be able to figure some more of that stuff out soon. And give a holler if you want to check out an i550 in person if you are in the area.
  10. Very nice to see #412 being flipped down in Tazmania. That pit area is even wider than mine which I thought to be plenty wide. Should let the forward crew really hike out if they so desire. I recall a chat with those guys and there are some boats in that fleet going with fixed and others with articulation bow prods. The boat should be a lot of fun down in that neck of the woods. Can't wait to see some sailing pics. Cheers, Kevin.
  11. I thought the Aussie boats were building the short cockpit version (cabin back to 124) to have enough internal volume for the trailer sailor rule that they are sailing/racing under. That's the reason I recall anyway. As for the keel begin in the cockpit or the cabin it doesn't matter at all. Whey you are sailing it's down and a non issue. When it's on the trailer it blocks the entrance to the guts of the boat. I think being in the cabin would be even more challenging, then behind the companionway but it's as tight a squeeze either way. For practical purposes getting weight forward is good for the i550, especially in the light stuff, so having the forward crew at 110 legs in instead of 124 legs in is a good thing. And putting the fat builer/captain (me) forward and letting someone else drive helps too. I wouldn't hike legs out with out something to keep you in and my boat is sans life lines. Cheers, Kevin.
  12. If your are looking for intricate rigging then Chad takes the cake. He has had way too much time to think of really cool ideas and then make them happen. I've been bitten by the adjust-ability bug a little bit this winter myself. I'm adding an adjustable forestay and jib cunningham as well as a much more efficient gnav in place of my traditional vang. The goal is more control when conditions pipe up. Looking forward to getting back on the water.
  13. Hi Timbo, Long time not chat. I don't think we've had the pleasure of a direct meeting yet. My guess is that they will be pretty close. i550 has a narrower waterline and a larger spin. The open has a bigger main and rotating mast. Looking forward to seeing it when it happens. Ben in carbon offset is in the bay area. He will probably be the first with an opportunity to face off. Might not be a completely fair comparison because his boat has added ballast and a stern scoop to satisfy local pHRF committee rules. No open's in the great lakes that I know of. I don't think they like the chop much, and we get plenty of that here. Cheers, Kevin.
  14. Having gone over into sub 50 degree water, I assure you that's not something you want to have happen without a PFD on. And the water doesn't care about how hard the wind is blowing. I'd rather play it on the safe side personally. Jeff, Too bad the wind forecast for this weekend isn't nearly as nice as the temperature forecast here in Chicago. Looks like light and variable. k.
  15. Using my highly accurate weight watchers scale I got the following weights for my fully rigged spars. Boom 5.7lb Mast, spreaders, hinged maststep 29.5lb Wire and turnbuckles 4.5lb. Ron in MN weighted his bare mast and spreaders and came up with 21.5lb. My Hinged step is way overkill and weights close to a pound on it's own. I have 1/4" halyards for spin, jib and 2:1 for main. That includes all shackles, blocks and sheaves ready to go sailing this weekend. Cheers, Kevin. Kevin.