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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. We adjust the dynema runners by what sound/resonance they are making... A good hum usually means we have enough tension in 8-12 kts. When the spin halyard is flipped around the spreaders on the port side (ready for the next hoist) and rests on the runner, the sound goes away on that tack only.
  2. I always wondered what the rivets were attached to on my Olson. Glad I never had to try and figure it out...
  3. Buy this: https://www.westmarine.com/buy/marinco--dockside-30a-to-15a-adapter-with-ground-fault-protection--10066835?recordNum=5 Plug into this: https://www.westmarine.com/buy/marinco--30a-125v-50-economy-shore-power-cordset--14272439?recordNum=4 As said above, cut small ~1" diameter notch (i.e. thickness of cable) in top corner of wash board to run cable through. Really not that difficult...
  4. At what point does friction overcome the mechanical advantage? Interesting work.
  5. I got a nearly new Raritan Head, Macerator, Holding tank and Y-valve for free, just for helping remove it from another boat (who was going composting head). Afterwards, I can say with some authority that it would have been worth paying full West Marine retail to not have experienced that... Gruesome job. However, the flip side is, after re-installing it in my own boat, I now know exactly how it works and how to fix it if it breaks. You need to hacksaw almost every hose off of each fitting. They almost never slide off if installed properly. Wear gloves and a mask...
  6. The Navisafe lights are superb. I have the tricolor for the bow and a white only for the stern. Lots of mounts and options for install. A little spendy, but compared to installing permanent would cost less. Well built, waterproof, lightweight. Highly recommended.
  7. I sailed for years on the Magic 25 "Good Vibrations" in Hong Kong. Glossy bright pink prodder, boom and carbon tiller. Looked the bomb!
  8. I have had the dehumidifier running 24/7 for the last 8 years on my boats. Drain into the bilge. Auto bilge pump overboard (as rain comes down the mast anyhow). My (clewless) crew even dropped the dehumidifier over the side packing up one day. Went straight to CanTire and bought a new one. Best thing you can do for the inside of the boat.
  9. The Hong Kong pleasure craft license is required for boats with motors >X hp and >X metres. It is not a difficult test, but you have to know all your lights, signals, safety, fire, etc. From what I remember there is a Marine and then Engine exam. The only challenge with the multiple choice test is that the English version is translated from Cantonese. 2 of the possible answers are always clearly wrong, but often the other 2 answers say basically the same thing and you end up guessing. There are reference books you can read and then challenge the test. Vic Lock taught an excellent and entertaining course on the subject out of RHKYC back in the day, but unfortunately nowadays Vic's occupying a bar stool in the Main Bar in heaven. Google or call RHKYC for more info.
  10. I've been looking but alot of places require 2 nights, anyone got some tips? Finding somewhere to stay that is walking distance from Roche is next to impossible right now. Kind of like VanIsle, but worse.
  11. You know you're a crotchedy old man when you're defending wire halyards on the Internets...
  12. Just checking in. See that "Our Hero" is still alive and well. Been busy with things and still back at post 14202, however, I'd thought I'd share this gem from FB posted to "Our Hero's" page for your perusal. I'm not sure, but think it might be significant...
  13. The new Mustang looks pretty good too. https://mustangsurvival.com//recreational/md5183kf?division=recreation
  14. Had something similar this set up on my Ross 930 originally rigged with both Frac. and Mast head kites. Low friction ring with small diameter uncovered line running to horn cleat near bottom of mast (down below) with bungee on a pulley inside mast to suck up the extra line when halyard not in use. Ran through existing Frac. Kite Shiv Box, but would work as described in pdf. System worked great as long as well secured before hoisting the Frac kite on masthead (now Frac) halyard. However, I replaced it for offshore work as system means only 1 kite halyard on boat. Spec'd the new fractional halyard length and diameter to be a replacement for masthead and main halyard should one of those break while we were out there. If was sticking to coastal/near shore would go back to 1 kite halyard with choker. As it is, have now removed Frac Kite halyard and only run a lead line to save weight aloft and leave the Frac kite in the garage. But when it's blowing over 25 kts with decent waves, the wipe outs with the Masthead Kites can be epic, whereas the lower centre of effort with the Frac Kite makes it almost drama free...
  15. "Our Hero" is all about "Safety First!"