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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. I found SA because of Reid Stowe. I heard about his planned "voyage" and thought is sounded a little..... offf. So I Googled "Is reid stowe a complete freakin'nut bar" or something like that. Google pointed me to SA. It has been 10 years very well wasted.
  2. I follow this thread for the huge entertainment value and the odd bits that I get to learn. But that post from SV Mom speaks of huge frustration: so much wasted time and effort to achieve so little. I really feel sorry for that guy.
  3. I know, bad form to quote myself, but 40 years on I hear his voice: On lines: "crisp". That was his singular requirement for how lines drawn with pencils were to be. Drawings with lines that were not crisp were rejected. "If you make a mistake in a drawing, and that drawing is used to make one million parts, you have not made one mistake. You have made one million mistakes." "If you make a change in one of the drawing views, you must consider the impact of that change from all perspectives." And many, many more. I don't think he was teaching drawing so much as teaching young kids how to be adults. I will always be thankful for that teaching.
  4. I took high school drafting courses from a WWII aviator (bomber command) who worked as a draftsman after the war. . He was an incredible person who set high standards and expected much from his students. He was a gifted teacher. He taught me how to produce technical drawings. I have been a practising engineer for about 30 years. I still sometimes think of him when I look at technical drawings. I can still quote him - and its now approaching 40 years since I was in his class.
  5. I will agree that the milk crate / bag / bucket idea is your solution. Don't forget that anchor lockers can quickly become dirty, stinky places that always seem to need cleaning. If you don't have one, that's one less thing on your boat that needs cleaning.
  6. I had a 15 HP 4-stroke Honda on a Garelick mount with springs on a C&C 25. That engine was too big and too heavy (but was bought and installed by the PO) The Garelick mount worked a treat. Made lifting and lowering the engine relatively easy. A well made product. I reinforced the transom with 1" plywood to support the mount. EDIT: Garelick mounts are rated for engine weight (and maybe horsepower if I recall correctly). Be sure to get a mount with the appropriate rating for your engine. .
  7. I usually pay pretty close attention to what both Mikey and and Soak_ed say. I don't always agree with them, but what they say is interesting and sometimes extremely funny. But I would never argue with either one. There is no point to that. My military service (12 years in the Navy, Gulf War I) was my ticket out of a poor single-parent home and gave me education, training and a start on a career. I will always be grateful for that. No insult (perceived or real) will take that away.
  8. +1 I recently discovered these. Very well written. Available as legal free downloads. Back to the historical fiction, I have plowed through a stack of Thomas Hardy in the past year or two: Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Far from the Madding Crowd, Mayor of Casterbridge, etc. Also legally available as free downloads.
  9. If you are a fan of the movie of play "Les Miserables", all 1500 pages of the book are very good.
  10. I was thinking about steel boats and noise transmission. My experience with steel boats is limited to the big grey ones. I have crossed both the Pacific and Atlantic and transited the Med, Red Sea and Persian Gulf in them. I found the steel could really transmit a lot of noise (not just when the big guns are firing - that is really loud). But there were times when some little part came a bit loose and starting vibrating on some part of the hull structure. For example, once a metal cover plate on an electronics panel came loose and was vibrating against a steel column. Three decks away, that little vibration sounded like a jackhammer! Have any steel boat cruisers noticed that they are substantially noisier than boats made from fibreglass (or other materials)? Also, compared to my fibreglass boat, I found the outdoor steel decks really cold (when it was cold out) and really hot (when it was hot out). Comments?
  11. Just for comparison, the estimated cost is SKR 2.7B - about $US300M. The US defence department spends about $2B per day. When you talk about increasing spending on defence - and not raising taxes - you are making a choice as to how to spend your money. The US has made their choice. Sweden is choosing how to spend their money.
  12. Beautiful child. Good to see one reading a book instead of a phone. I predict a bright future for her. +1 I will add that from the stamp on the top of the book that's likely a library book. So she reads and knows how to get books from the library. Bright future, indeed.
  13. Dr Electron / Tillerman Brent Swain This place is a magnet for all of those who have chosen to anchor outside the anchorage. It keeps me coming back.....
  14. I have very much enjoyed this thread for its humor and educational content (yes, there is plenty of that). Brent, if you have a minute, please read this: There was a time in my life (probably just after I graduated college) when I figured that people would believe whatever I said because I had been to college! In my work right after graduation I produced technical reports with the facts laid bare. Of course I didn't need to show my calculations or explain myself because I had graduated from college! Well, that lasted about five minutes. Pretty soon I learned that for anyone to take me seriously I had to provide calculations, references, etc. and build a solid and defensible basis for whatever I said. It's a pretty valuable life skill. Please learn that skill. No one will believe you just because you say something. Support your position with verifiable data, facts, calculations, documented examples, parallels and whatever you can find to make yourself convincing. Without such solid substantiation, everything you say is just words. No one will believe you. Not now. Not ever. I am a licensed and practising engineer. I have had some success in my career partly due to my careful, methodical and well-substantiated approach to my work. I offer this advice to you with the best of intentions.