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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. Of your beautiful series, the footage of you using different sails and spars to get under bridges and sail way up inland with KTL, have been the most moving for me. It really has me thinking about this type of sailing.
  2. Olin Stevens is reputed to have invented the dorade ventilator box shortly after launching DORADE. I think dorade ventilators are one of those unsung brilliant ideas for a sailboat. Whether you're heading into seas for hours or days or sitting below at anchor on a dark and stormy night on the coast of Maine with all the hatches dogged down, dorade boxes provide a constant flow of sweet air below. After 56 seasons, our two main workhorse dorade boxes were showing their age. Beautiful hand cut dovetailed corners had been filled - glued - fixed too many times. Awful additional blocks to hold danforth anchors and dinghy tie downs, are no longer used. Plus I thought I could improve on the old ones a bit: All my boating is on a budget so these replacements weren't too expensive (it's the cowls that will kill you-$$$-no wonder you don't see real working dorade boxes much on new boats). The tropical hardwood mahogany look a-like is available at my local building supply (about 8.00 / board foot). I've never cut a dovetail and I'm not starting now with a few weeks to launch. A simple butt joint, well fastened with ample SS screws backed up with epoxy, are more than strong enough. Boxes the same size, same angle to the front(which follows the cabin front angle), cut precisely to the old. One trip to the boat - a few swipes with a sharp block plane - tight fit to the top. Then I went to my local glass supply. Nelson always has scrap materials. He had a couple of 1/2" polycarbonate scraps that were big enough. The trick was to cut the front angle and fit precisely, leaving about and 1/8" overhanging the other three sides. Then with it dry fit to the box, trim with a bottom roller router trim bit. Perfect and not a bad edge with the cutter. Here they are ready to disassemble, finish, and bed the plastic in silicone. Bench dog at rest. Before placing the new dorades, this was a good time to paint the cabin top (Valspar arcylic enamel @ $16/qt. - holds up better here than 'yacht' paint). I designed + built these handrails a few years ago with removal in mind (lower maintenance). I have my capable daughter, Mary Jane, home this week. Here she is putting butyl caulk on the oversized feet on the handrails. With MJ above decks aligning the handrails and me below driving the fasteners, it was a cinch to pull about 24 feet of hand rails snuggly back down-water tight. The dorade standpipes were re-bedded. Then we mounted the new boxes through the old holes, the same way-with butyl tape. We've had 2" of rain since - bone dry below. Close up, Lexan tops are a different look (not a new idea), but I like it. But the real reasons to use it: The tops of the boxes, like any horizontal surface on a bright boat like this, are brutalized by the sun. These Lexan tops will cut the maintenance in half(a single annual coat of varnish on the sides will go over a decade I bet). The second reason for using the Lexan was light. These boxes are over two darker areas below - the head and passageway between saloon and forward cabin. The 4" standpipe in the overhead used to be black holes. Now they are bright deck lights shining below. My daughter has painted the dinghy. This morning, she and I are roll and tipping the topsides of CHRISTMAS (1 part enamel, I do that about every 4 years - easy). That takes about 3-4 hours to complete. Then we're all going sailing on our sons dollar boat.
  3. Stepping the mast on our sons 1 dollar boat. Last season we tried to step it with a gin pole set up for J24 sticks. I thought I might kill my whole family. His O'Day Outlaw is the tall rig and a much heavier section than the j24. We had to figure this out, these kids (a few friends with similar boats) don't have the $ for mast stepping. We designed a crane that was cheap and safe to take advantage of our tidal range (10') and the harbor wall. I was looking for fool proof. The wheel is a V-belt pulley with the shoulder sawed off. Housed in the 2x4 on a 1/2" SS bolt, even if it failed, the line would be held. Then we added stiffeners to each 2x and doubled up in the winch and cleat area: Each through bolted - 3". The winch was disassembled, cleaned and greased. Designing with skil-saw,... Then we tested it in the driveway. In fact I hoisted my son who weighs 180. He was a load! But every component seemed up to that. The truck bumper would be our fixed point to guy the crane. Lines, huge - bowlines, the connections. Best of all, the legs close (temporary base for testing), for a small package for the truck rack or storage. For a closer simulation, we hoisted my daughter at about the same weight as the spar. The dogs were confused. "Piece of cake" as she says in the video I had no idea was being shot. My kids are addicted to downeast Maine dialect. They're actually native Vermonters. Testing done, we headed for the harbor at about 1/4 down from HW. Worked the trick! Here my daughter is tailing and taking pics with her phone. The kids -from raising bosuns- understand the imperatives of tailing. We kept the guys out of the fall zone as much as possible. Cleated off with some slack, it was good to see we had room to spare for spar movement and a sure hold if a boat wake roared through. There's always some fiddling at this point(dropped pins, loosening stays etc.). An hour later, we had them rigged and the sails bent on. My two kids insisted on heading out into the rain for a sail. They sent me this video a few minutes later:
  4. For some dogs, sailing is soothing. Ours find a cool spot on the low side of the cockpit well, and tend to fall asleep under sail. Our biggest problem are other boats approaching under power. They don't seem to be bothered by a paddler or a sailing dinghy approaching, but add a motor and all hell breaks loose. We don't have many raft ups.
  5. I was impressed by the collection of boats on your river. Interesting designs, many of which are not familiar to me. Well suited to the locale. Sailing in such a strong flow is foreign as well. It would take a little courage (from me), until I got used to it. Then the extra motion adds to it all.
  6. Ah, bait I'm inclined to click. Thanks, Dylan. Lovely footage and sounds. Just a few minutes of sailing I needed to see. With a few more tasks to get my boat ready to launch, I was getting a little tired. Your footage reminds me, there is a reward at the end. I'm eager, once again.
  7. I remember this boat (I'm not sure the design) getting hauled a few years ago during the height of summer. I was taking photos, and then I noticed that everyone walking by - sailors, tourists, dog walkers, you name it - detoured and walked over to this boat hanging in the slings. Not a passerby could resist getting a closer look at such a lovely thing.
  8. Maybe, Ishmael, but they could be sundogs in the lens.
  9. That is VINST. One of those boats, on the hard or in the water, that people detour and take a look at.
  10. Skinny.
  11. On your B40, I think the ports are all the smaller version? In that case, I'd use automotive glass that's easily cut at a local glass supplier. That glass has a plastic film between two sheets to hold it together in the event of breakage. Not that you need that but my local glass guy cuts it regularly for boats of all kinds - fishing to yachts. You can get it in various shades or tints. The drawback is it isn't any stronger than the same thickness or regular glass. Not a problem if the ports are small. Tempered glass, which is likely what's used in the bigger B40 ports, is much stronger and much more expensive. It usually has to be cut/shaped then sent to another biz that fires it. Once it's fired, tempered glass can't be cut or shaped again but it's almost indestructable.
  12. I've owned, and my family has owned a lot of dogs in my lifetime. When we lost our last dog, a beloved Springer Spaniel (that was a great boat dog), I said to my family when they wanted to get the next dog, "I'm all for it but could we get a small dog (our first) that's easy on the boat?" My wife and kids came home with a Jack Russell. We're now on our third JRT(we own two right now). Each of the three JRT's we own (one is gone), is almost entirely different. They have their traits like any breed, but your much more likely to own two similar Springer Spaniels, or two Goldens, than you are to own twin JRT's. I don't think JRT's are good entry level dogs,... I love them but you have to be more vigilant with some JRT's than the typical popular big dog breeds. This one is 'mine'. He's as dedicated to me as any big breed. But he'll show me his teeth if he feels like it. That's the terrier. Easy size JRT's, but not easy dogs.
  13. Jack Russell terrier. Big dog in a small package(lighter than a 12 pack). Great on boats if you start them young. This one swims like a fish but you can wring him out like a hand towel.
  14. That's it! Junk on the boat seems inevitable when a too small boat, becomes your home. Junk on the trunk reminds me of the back steps to a small apartment. The owners can't be faulted for storing their bicycle, recyclables, boots, storage containers, etc. if they don't have room to put the stuff. There has been a trend I've noticed in the last two decades, to make boats dwellings. Nothing wrong with that except the boats aren't very big, when it comes to dwellings. Serious cruisers seem to keep their boats - that are sailed primarily - as live-aboards, second . Makes sense, you can't sail a small apartment, a boat can only lug so much and still be a boat. The solution is easy: turn the dwelling back into a sailboat. Maybe get a storage unit on shore?
  15. That deck is a work of art. Strip decking is a wonderful element as it follows the hull shape. Reminds me of sound waves (if you could see them).