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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. Why not remove the laminate on top of the core in strips? Then clean out between the strips and glue the new balsa in in sections. You will then have a fair surface to work to when you replace the removed laminate. I've never done it this way, but I always thought if I found a really big problem on my boat I would do it this way.
  2. Hopefully they won't be building multi-billion dollar hydro projects that we don't need the power from, and multi-billion dollar bridges that nobody wants except the government either. Makes those fast cats look like chump change. Dopes.......
  3. I emailed Forespar support and they got back to me right away. I have sent them the details, hoping they will be sending me a replacement. Well done so far Forespar! dash
  4. The brand new Forespar marelon seacock pictured is leaking from the valve handle when it is in the open position. No leaks when closed. I gather that these seacocks have rubber o-rings that seal the shaft for the valve handle. Are these replaceable? Are they replaceable when the boat is in the water? How do you get it apart to replace the o-rings? In the attached picture I have loosened the screw that holds the handle to the shaft, but underneath that it isn't clear how you get at the o-rings. I have googled a fair bit and found nothing, so any help is appreciated. The boat is in the water, and I gather that it is possible to get a plug that will fit in the outer side of the through-hull so the entire thing can be replaced with the boat in the water. However, I wonder if I need to go that far with it to replace the o-rings. thanks dash
  5. I'm not able to create a new topic in Fix It Anarchy. When I tried to create one, I was shown a screen with the title and the tags. I entered the title and a tag, but when I submitted it, I got an error screen that said I hadn't filled in something. There is nothing I can click on to fill in, however. Same in both FF and Chrome.
  6. Why not just trade the 40 for something smaller that will work? Or borrow one from someone? On my boat, even with a 9.9 4-stroke on the back I had to reinforce the transom with some hunks of angle iron. Heavy, but better than ripping the transom off. Max weight for most lifting brackets is around 115 lb though this monster Garelick will go higher: http://garelick.com/Aluminum-Auxiliary-Motor-Bracket-For-4-Stroke-Motors.
  7. Some rough costs for this: Yard costs on initial haulout and launch: $2000 (inflated by about $700 because the boat mover was three weeks late) Boat Haulage: $2300 (both ways) West Epoxy/Filler: $600 Interprotect: $600 Bottom Paint: $400 Tools and Abrasives: $500 (I bought a Makita RO and a cheap belt sander which I get to keep) Boat Stands: $600 (get to keep these too) Safety Gear: $200 (Suits/masks/goggles) I gave up 6 weeks of days off over a period of a year to work on the boat, though I didn't work all the time during those weeks (not physically able to). 20/20 hindsight, the best way for me to have used money better on this project would have been to buy a trailer for the boat, even if it cost $5000 or so. The best way for me to have saved labour would have been to purchase a gelplane, though I still have doubts that a peel would have been possible without destroying the super-thin laminate. Biggest mistake (other than not buying a trailer): learning to use the tools/abrasives on a curved part of the hull (the bow). Should have learned on the flat undersides. Other big mistake: tried to make my fledgling commercial website financially viable at the same time as I was working on the boat. I got it to break-even, but at the cost of critical good-weather days in the early fall. Biggest bit of bad luck: the weather this winter was the worst on record, particularly March. I was unable to do anything at all to the bottom from October 1 until late March/early April because of constant rain and cold. This could have been ameliorated by building a shelter around the boat. Had I known how bad the weather was going to be, I would have done that. I nearly had to anyway.
  8. This weekend is the Great RC Ocean Race - the most challenging RC sailboat race on the planet! It runs around Protection Island, with the start and finish line at the Dinghy Dock Pub. There are two divisions: RC Laser and "run what you brung" which usually includes IOM's, Marbleheads, wing cats and others. The RC Laser fleet is competing for the Graham Millington Mug, and everyone else competes for the Mini Barn Door trophy. http://nanaimorclaser.ca/wordpress/?page_id=15
  9. I would not put Interprotect on before the fairing compound. I would be afraid that the fairing compound would not stick to the Interprotect unless the compound was applied to a hot coat of Interprotect. This would make applying the fairing compound very difficult, because Interprotect is quite soft when it is curing and spreading fairing compound over it will just make a big mess. On my boat, I applied sealer epoxy last fall, then this spring I gave the sealer epoxy a light sanding, then I rolled on a thin coat of neat West epoxy this spring just before putting the fairing compound on, as per the West fairing instructions. This seemed to work well and made sense as the fairing compound had the neat epoxy to act as glue between the fairing and the sealer epoxy.
  10. Looks very shallow off that pier. I suspect they were just to weather of the shallows when the engine quit, bounced the boat off the bottom enough times to shear the keel off, and things went downhill from there. There but for the grace of (insert your diety here) go I. RIP to those lost.
  11. Looks like it. Still have to stuff the rig back in and have some work to do on the interior that doesn't need to be done for racing. Boat mover didn't show today - Coast Guard emergency in Victoria apparently. I have friends helping to move the boat tomorrow because I have to work. I'm pretty worried about not being here to supervise. Hope it goes ok.
  12. Thanks for all the advice and support. Without this place and the people here this job would have been a lot harder!
  13. This journey is finally coming to an end. The boat mover comes tomorrow to transfer the boat to the boatyard, where it will then go in the water. We'll step the mast at the yacht club mast tower if the wind isn't too strong from the SE. In the final analysis, I saved around 7K, got a bunch of other work done that needed doing, but spent hundred of hours and lost a year of use. If I had the $7K to spend, it would have been better to spend it. Pros with the right tools and expertise could do this job in 1/10th the time. Driveway 34: 5 Gallons of Interprotect: Smooth (don't look too closely at the black line):
  14. Fast 40? Built with vinylester at least. Offshore capable. Crawling headroom, very business-like. Not sure if you can get one near $50K.
  15. Last gallon went on tonight. I saved a little for doing under the pads. If you are OCD and rolling on IP2K make sure your final roller strokes are longitudinal. I did some coats without doing this and ended up with some nuisance transverse lap marks that will need to be sanded out. Or not, they are pretty minor and the bottom paint will be thick. Bottom paint goes on tomorrow. Going down to +4 C tonight, the stuff will still be viable for an overcoat in the AM, based on the fact that yesterday's coats were still leaving fingerprints at noon today. Now if we can just get the damn thing on the trailer without it falling over.....