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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. Commodore VIC-20 with 4k RAM and cassette tape drive. Could make that biotch sit up and beg. Now my computer is smarter than I am and treats me like the fambly dog.
  2. They've been reported plowing the sagebrush in remotest Wyoming. Ours came from Lake Michigan. Good boat for cold, choppy waters -- they were meant for the North Sea and Baltic. 47% ballast ratio, all lead at the bottom of an encapsulated keel. Not everyone's idea of a good time ... but that look still makes my heart go pitty-pat.
  3. The next forum iteration will run on a 5.25" floppy & open with
  4. And some day, we shall finish restoring our Albin Ballad....
  5. Just curious since it wasn't mentioned here: can dirty air intake filters cause similar lack of top-end power & smoking?
  6. Depressed people experience an above normal feelings of being depressed, most of the time nearly every day. They however have less frequent moment of happiness, different from the maniac experience of the bipolars, that can become reckless and extreme. Depressed people are rarely a trouble for other people (they are for their caregivers though), bipolar people can. Extreme depressed are on suicide watch and suffer from poor health. Extreme bipolars also have severe risk of suicide, they often go to jail or practice high risk activities. Or both. Mood swing is a natural psychological experience, it usually come and go like the weather. What we make of it makes the difference. A Bipolar will not reduce sail in high winds and and take riskful decisions. A depressed type will be deep reefed in a breeze because of fear of squalls or weather turns. Please take this with a grain of salt. They are just metaphors. Yes. Pirsig suffered from crippling depression, occasionally verging on catatonic. He showed little to no signs of bipolar, ranging from functional melancholia (which days can seem like a ray of sunshine) to full-on Black Dog. The disease became manifest (as it often does in males) around age 17-18 and peaked during graduate school. Wouldn't surprise me if there was some mix of schizophrenia with Pirsig, tho that can be tricky to diagnose even for clinicians. Writing, fixing motorcycles, living on boats ... these are typical ways depressives limit stimuli and put structure to a world that can seem overwhelming and pointless. You get up and wash the deck because that's what you do at 8:30 every day. You have a bagel and coffee. You write until noon, then pull yourself together enuf to go buy more bagels. Everything is hard. Everything has to broken down into understandable pieces. You don't look much past today. I would disagree a little about your "reefing in strong winds" metaphor, tho psycho. Many hardcore adventurers are depressives. It's why they seek out dangerous situations: already sort of done with life; good at enduring suffering, as physical pain's often preferred to the other kind; serious adventuring requires daily structure, discipline, 'do one thing then do the next thing' strategies (simplicity there); and the adrenaline surge from immediate danger can make a depressed person feel, if not elated, at least close to normal. You wouldn't believe the % of climbers & arctic explorers who meet the clinical criteria for depression. CLibing a big wall for days on end is kinda pointless; but if you begin with the premise everything is kinda pointless, you'll find a home there. Folks with bipolar or manic tendencies tend to be more episodic & impulsive, less relentless or expeditionary in their pursuit of risk.
  7. Logging your bilge water with each change of watch... how thorough! *knuckles forehead* "Carpenter's duty, sir. Says eight inches in the well."
  8. Might be heavy too. And cold. Your mittens would freeze to yer dinghy.
  9. Further north you go in the Sea, the thinner the data sets become. Doesn't matter what chartplotter you are using if the hydrography just doesn't exist. Here's a screen from my Garmin of a large swath of area from Penasco to Cabo Lobos: A little bit around the coasts, a few transects across open water (some of them dating back to 1910), and it doesn't get any better with magnification. That's why people like Bansmer & Breeding surveyed many harbors in their dinghy with a hand-held depth meter. Cuz official data was either absent or wrong. Think of it as part of the adventure!
  10. How is your attention to detail?
  11. BTW, the easiest way to apply a wood veneer would be paper (resin) backed PSA veneer, which uses a peel & stick 3M adhesive & is remarkably strong. My only worry would be wet environments and, again, thermal cycling. This is the product used by cabinet re-facers.
  12. Good advice from the others. But do be aware that Lexan/polycarb will never buff to perfect transparency like acrylic can. It is a much softer resin, and it doesn't 'cut' like the harder (& more brittle) Plexi. That's why it's bulletproof, that resilience, but it means Lexan will polish so far and no farther. One of them tradeoffs.
  13. Agree 2-3mm ply will be easier than veneer to work with. Some of the 2-ply veneers are fairly manageable, tho -- they have a mylar or acrylic film between the plys, which helps eliminate glue seepage. If you are a vac-bag god, you can use epoxy or urea resin for your glue; some of the high-quality contact adhesives would work too, but they tend to be more temperature sensitive than hard glues. I wouldn't be happy with them on a boat that winters at -10F and hits 100F in the summer sun.
  14. Broadly speaking, you can use (true) deep-cycle lead/acid batts for starting duty, but not starting batteries for deep-cycle. Four Group 27s should have the kick to turn over a small diesel. The risk is that house use will run the voltage down too far to turn over the engine, which is why some boaters reserve a dedicated starting batt. Two schools of thought regarding banks: some like to alternate banks, like you do; others think you should keep your house bank as large & combined as possible, limiting depth of discharge & maximizing life. It's probably within the margin of error either way. Six years is adequate for Group 27s. Tho if you are gonna split your bank, there's no good reason to replace the two functional batts; just don't mix new & old. You could look into T-105s or L-16s, too. Four G27s is getting into that territory.
  15. Bodacea lost in the end, tho.