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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. Lol, not sure if you are just having fun. This is our local entrance, is it wrong to ask how a boat type will handle waves? Should I ban the kids coming out for ?6 months, ?2 years... Even then, shit happens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX7zzSjxv5I Did you buy the Masrm? As a young kid I sailed out the mouth to that river before the breakwater walls were built. Dad was on the helm and we were in a mirror dinghy. He was a champion surfboat sweep and even though the surf wasn't large his eyes were out on storks. He picked his time and then got into it. We sailed various dinghy's off Mooloolaba back in the day and we were taught to make sure we kept the boat at 90 degrees to the wave face and stayed straight all the way down the wave face, crew weight aft. Mooloolaba now has its channel dredged so that you are approaching safety pretty much beam on in big surf. Timing is everything. On my current 30 footer we have crossed the bar at Ballina and caught a big wave that broke, dad was with us again (then as an old man) he was at the bottom of the companionway with his flippers clutched under his arm and eyes again out on storks. The cheer off the end of the northern breakwater from watching fisherman and prompting from some of the crew couldn't get me to go out again and catch another wave though. We got no water in our very open transom, you could hear the white water doing its thing just behind you though. Seems some ocean waves were we sail move at about 15/17 knots depending what is driving them weather wise. Dad always reckoned it was between 17 and 20. I have crossed (come in) at southport after being dis-masted, under motor (inboard diesel). Shut the boat up, life jackets all round and tethered. Go slow enough to never catch a wave, reverse if necessary. We have come in across South Passage bar and we have come in across Wide Bay bar, (rudder broken off at the waterline and steering with a sweep oar. Air sea rescue escorted us through the last bit of that. Wickham's local knowledge is excellent advice for that crossing. Its a long scary bar. Biggest danger in catching a wave while crossing a bar (apart from broaching) is hitting the bottom with your keel as you run into shallow water at the bottom of the wave face. That could go horribly wrong if you end up with structural failure.