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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. After impaling another boat early season last year, I was still finding pieces of the other boat in October... The rest of the ring is probably still in place. Roller reefing boom?
  2. My Soverel 27 only has a 5HP Tohatsu, if you really want to go bigger, maybe use an 8HP. No need for more. Small enough that I keep it in the cabin when we're racing and not at the boat.
  3. My Soverel 27 also took a 6 sec hit for the outboard. But I am in the camp that says not all outboard retrofits are better. I love having only one hole in the hull for my speed sensor, but in anything over 12-15kn chop it misses that weight down low. I have an excellent open transom, and it is very easy to remove the outboard, the original 88 Tohatsu 5hp long shaft. The first year I did aerate the prop a few times, but I have not in the last 2 years except once when someone else was driving in 4ft steep chop to take the main down.
  4. Love the Ronstan handles. We've been using them for 2-3 years now, and love them. Just bought another yesterday. Not only are they self-loading, but the release is right near the center of gravity for when you pick them up. My old one is just as good as new, too. The other old one is taking a long salty bath.
  5. Looked great out there. That was a fun day. I keep pointing out your boat to my wife as a potential upgrade, but she wants more freeboard to try and stay dry.
  6. That rule was written a long time ago to allow the TacTic Micro to be used. No wind instruments required.
  7. ‚ÄčThat's why I was interested in the 30 as well. I understand the Soverel bug, but the 27 has the best deck layout. I meant to post this old pic with my wife (she was doing bow in the first post):
  8. What's your goal? For double-handed, light-air, and racing, you can't go wrong with the 27. Though I have taken a couple looks at ads for the 30 as a bigger cruising boat. My wife and I love it for sailing together, and weekend cruising a few times a year.
  9. I did miss the original thread, but this is the shit that scares the crap out of me. 2-3 times a year I transit from Mystic back to Westbrook in very dense fog, so could have been within 5-6 miles of this. Last trip, I was doing 1-2kn off the CT river in the thickest fog I'd ever seen. Constantly watching in circles and suddenly a stationary fishing boat appeared directly off my bow. I managed to avoid him because I was going slow, but many powerboats were flying by that i only knew about from their noise and wake. Fog is no joke, and can get bad enough here to cut visibility down below 30' with no warning.
  10. When I had an Etchells, mine was a different size from the rest of the fleet. It was 3/8 vs 1/2in and had a standard thread vs pipe thread. The good thing about that was I could use large set screws and an allen head. I could also jam a brass square had pipe plug in there if that was all I had. Go to the hardware store and buy a selection of assorted bolts and plumbing fittings. If a bolt works, cut it to size and dremel an assembly notch in the end. Much easier than having to bail by hand when on land.
  11. I had spool shackles on my sheets for a little over a year. I liked them somewhat, and still have them on my spin for now. I did not like normal soft shackles for short course bouy racing. I changed over to Allen's "better" soft shackle, and absolutely love them. It's almost one handed operation, and my next ones will be. http://l-36.com/soft_shackle_9.php
  12. And Eastern LIS? Billy, We're on the big comfy bus with drink service. The more, the better. Why waste a boat like that with Rumor weather?
  13. I often have other crew rig the bow on the way out if we have the time, preferably whoever's doing pit, sheets and guys. Then I review and have them fix any snafus. Makes them better at their jobs if they learn the "why" of things, and maybe they'll become interested in doing bow themselves someday. No, No, No!! Then they think they can help you touch the lines later, and get in your way. But we usually sail with 3-4 bowmen & 2-3 pitwomen out of 6 or 7. Come to think of it, maybe thats why our tactics are off??
  14. There's short, deep, forward, aft, deep-aft, and more. I wouldn't waste your time in a good boat to join the class. Get a mid-range beater to put your scratches in, then move up in a couple years. Your boat will sell for what you bought it for, and the newer ones will be that much cheaper. Over the course of your time in the fleet, you will pick up which series were fast, and fit your target price range. Edit- Billy: Deeper tended to go upwind better, shorter better downwind, more or less. It's not a big difference at all, but noticable in a competitive fleet.
  15. Which means your boat is set up wrong for racing.. Use a dual luff foil and the spinnaker halyard.