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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. There will be some contortion to get it all happening through a tack, but not insurmountable. It might be worth learning to sail in front of the traveller, as that's where you will be a lot of the time in single handing breeze. Mast rotation should be more within reach too
  2. I recently found out an old friend was designing for wicked weasel for the last few years. I haven't seen her in any of the modelling shots yet, but I'm hopeful
  3. Circular section to start on most foils used for yachts.
  4. It seems tamer every time I visit. Where have all of the interesting characters been pushed to? Surely Sydney's love of hookers and blow hasn't disappeared
  5. Propspeed is the usual solution. Or one of its knock offs/competitors, like prop gold.
  6. No pets into Australia or NZ unless you like weeks-months of quarantine. It is the same even between the two countries, and we are pretty similar in biosecurity laws. From what I have heard Pacific islands vary pretty wildly on what they let in, based on who they are currently or historically owned by. If cruising might take you to this part of the world, don't bring a pet for their sake and yours.
  7. Ddw, is 20lbs all it is between string and Dacron for your main? That is much less than I would have expected.
  8. Average of under 5 knots for the trip? Sounds about right, a bit less than some of Brent's fantastical claims
  9. World's ugliest link URL?
  10. Good trim makes sailing nicer too. If you don't use any of the other depower methods, you are stuck with letting the main luff (reducing its life) or reefing, which takes effort. I would much rather crank Cunningham, vang and outhaul from the cockpit than get off my arse and reef, especially if it's a short lived squall
  11. That Dodger reminds me of a one man hiking tent in the side elevation view. Bob, would it be better to have the sliding hatch go forward, rather than back? Water is more likely to be coming from the now, and it's easier to stop driven rain and spray with a hard lip under the hatch.
  12. He wasn't the first, and I'm sure he won't be the last cruiser I meet with an almost aggressive indifference to sail trim.
  13. We did that with our racing 3dl sails. Our no4, which had been up less than 5 times, essentially aged in the bag. Hoist number 6 of its life saw plastic confetti blowing downwind. 3dl was atrocious in the tropics
  14. We took a guy that has sailed halfway around the world out with us for a race one day. He had sailed an Adams 13, far from a slug of a boat, from the USA to Australia via a bunch of Pacific islands. He didn't know what a Cunningham or vang was for, and was trying to sell his nice hydraulic vang since it was, to him, useless. He didn't know what the backstay was for. He had never adjusted his outhaul. I was a little blown away that someone could sail so far, and on a very good sailing boat, and have no desire to understand all of the lines that came with the boat. I am firmly in the full batten camp. We kept spare battens under the mattress in one of the berths, provided your foam is thick enough you never noticed them. Full battens reduce flogging so much, the major downside I see for cruising is how badly they chafe the sail on rigging when the main is eased
  15. +1 Staple or heavy plate with a hope in it, either is much better that an eyebolt sticking out of the deck