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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. Have cleared in and out of Hillsborough (4x) and in at Tyrell(1x). These are always individual experiences, but found Hillsborough a much better experience, and have never been told they preferred "yachties" to go to Tyrell. They were happy to see me, handled the check in out efficiently, and were quite accommodating each time - once on a Sunday. What has happened to Tyrell in the last several years is a shame, it's become a pit of an anchorage, whereas Sandy is a great stop, good place to go ashore, clear clean water and good spot to swim. We stayed for two days last time we were there, on a ball. No fee was collected, but even if it had been, it is so much nicer than Tyrell is its worth it in my humble opinion. But that's what makes a horse race - opinions, you pick your spot and takes your chances.
  2. To save time and limit the "punishment" it would be best to sail out of St Vincent on a one way to Carriacou or Grenada, as others have noted. While St Lucia is an option it is a full day sail from there to Bequia, (you may be tempted to stop on one of the St Vincent backside anchorages, just look into the issues at each of them, and I think you will want to press on the either Young Island Anchorage or better yet Bequia) Grenada is gorgeous, but there are few places to anchor north of St Georges and the South coast. Dream has a base in Blue Lagoon, its about 9 miles from there to Admiralty Bay, Bequia. They also have a base in Grenada. If you use eSeaClear, clearing into Grenada at Hillsborough is very easy. Go to eSeaClear.com, as you can pre-complete the forms and trip. Not sure about slipping down wind, even in the winter with the wind in the northeast, but it will certainly be on the beam or at worst close reaching (except if/when you sail to Mustique, that is on the wind out of Bequia, but is as far east as you will go). The Grenadines are a great place to sail, but as distances are greater and the area more exposed, they are an adventure compared to the BVI. Bequia, Mustique, Canouan (?), Tobago Cays (have dinner ashore with Glen), Palm/Union, PSV/Petite Martinique, and Carriacou (Sandy Cay/Hillsborough) are all good stops. Have been to Saltwhistle, you need to be able to tuck completely up into the bay or you will roll your guts out all night, and we had trouble finding any of the three small local bars that could pour a rum and diet coke, and they were all that was there). Have not been into Saline, it looks interesting, and perhaps a better anchorage. Chatham is a good anchorage but it's been awhile since we were there, not sure what if anything there is ashore. Have fun. Oh by the way charter cats sail like other cats, they do not point.
  3. I saw this when I renewed in December. It sure looked like the CG website. Could not figure out why it cost $50 extra to renew "online." So I just mailed back my renewal and saved the $50.
  4. All of the ATM's in Antigua dispense EC $. The locals we have met in three years of sailing there tend to exchange at $10 USD to 25 ED$, pretty close and easy to calculate. You will need dollars, if for no other reason none of the cabbies take cards. When you catch the cab at the airport they will give you a slip with the fare, and place you in a cab with other folks going to English Harbor/Falmouth. The fare is per person, no matter how many are in the cab. So if you want to "split the fare" you will have to negotiate with the cabbie. The fare to Jolly Harbor, where we have left our boat is generally $25 USD for the two of us. English Harbor should be approximately the same.
  5. We have "towed" our 46' sailboat with our 11' RIB with a 15 horsepower outboard. In calm conditions it gets the boat up to 3 knots with no problem. There is no way that you need more than 9 or so knots to push a 26' boat. Here is a good article on how to do it. http://www.cruisingworld.com/how/towing-your-tender. The 40 hp outboard is a really bad idea.
  6. Have it and have used it moving the boat north and south on the east coast. The two features we found handy are the ability to look ahead at the text forecasts for where you will be tomorrow and the next day, etc, and the radar, especially showing thunderstorm and lightning activity, which allow you to adjust course in time to avoid hot spots, or at least try to do so.
  7. Certainly could not hold its rating against an O30 in light air (under 10), but still fun to race.
  8. If the windlass worked well for your needs, then I would lean toward having it fixed. Not sure where you are in FL, but they can rebuild almost anything, in my experience, in FLL. I would want to know the cost to rebuild compared to the cost of the HRC. We have an HRW 2500 on our boat, its been a good windlass, and has seen a lot of use, no firect experience with the HRC's. But see that it will do rope chain which is nice. As for the ability to use the windlass manually, have never seen one that worked that well, usually very slow. Easier to pull the anchor up by hand over hand, or use one of your winches in case the windlass fails, especially in the Bahamas where it's not that deep.
  9. +1 on the stand up shackle - better than springs IMHO, have used both, especially on larger boats. I also agree you should change out the cleats with new Harken 150's after you install the standup shackle.
  10. We cruised the Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean in 1989/90 with our two daughters, 7 and 11. BJ is right about not being bashful about approaching other boats - my oldest and I would get in the dinghy at each anchorage and go say hi to the other boats. In the Bahamas the other boats were always cruisers, and so there was no Id issue, and there were a number of boats with kids, especially in Georgetown. We jumped offshore to the VI, and it became very difficult to distinguish the cruisers from non cruisers, but we still managed to meet a few, as well as reconnect with some of the boats we met in the Bahamas. But no kids, none. As we traveled down the chain we bumped into boats we knew and met new boats. Meeting boats became a pyramid almost - you met some boats no one new, but other you were introduced to by boats you already knew. But still no kids. In Tobago Cays we saw a boat with a kid, and grabbed ours and got together. A granddaughter of the owners, about the same age as our oldest. But that was it for kids. We sailed back to Florida via the Bahamas and again started to run into kids. That seems to have changed on our latest trip to the Eastern Caribbean 2013-present we have seen a number of kids, but then ours are now in the 30's. As for watch standing. The wife does not do more than overnighters, so she, and as we got into the trip, our oldest would stand watch with me on longer trips. Our oldest sailed back with me and a couple of friends when were sailed back to the Bahamas, still 11, and would stand watch with me if it was a 9-12 watch, for at least part of it, and helped out with cooking and clean up, and would help me when I was working on the boat or looking for parts - a bit of challenge down island in 1989/90 - spent an entire day looking unsuccessfully for a 1/2" left hand thread nut in Martinique. The search cost me $90 in cab fare.
  11. Agree it is boat dependent, but actually if properly sized they are tensioned when they are hooked over the reef hooks, no need to do any tensioning at the end of the boom or elsewhere. You are correct that if the end of the boom is off the boat you have to wait to deploy them until you come head to wind for the drop, but I have found that takes just a few seconds, and the whole process lasts less than a minute (deploy and drop, tie a couple of ties on until you can properly stow the main ehile waiting for the bridge to open, going to or in the slip or once you have anchored). Was just responding to your PITA comment. Also not asserting one way is inherently better than another for all boats. I have friends who have done it your way.
  12. Why? Have never found it to be an issue in 15 years of using them in that position. And there are advantages to this placement - less line needed and less line (one line as opposed to two lines against the mast) when retracted.
  13. They are not a PITA, have had them since 2002, boat has traveled extensively in the Caribbean and up and down the East Coast, they are easy to use, and we have never had an issue. There is no tail when they are not deployed, they are cut to fit, and so end at the cleat when withdrawn. When deployed the tail is either flaked on deck (as are yours I assume) or coiled and placed between the jacks and the boom, (yours would be coiled and stored on the cleats?) until the main is put away. So where do you see the PITA?
  14. +1 on the Doyle's Guide. If that is all you want to see, then charter a boat out of St Vincent. Do Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Tobago Cays, and PSV/PM. I would give Union and Mayreau a skip. The best anchorage in Union is Chatham, but not much there, and on Mayreau either Saline or Saltwhistle, but almost nothing at either, and Saltwhistle can be rolly. Bequia is great to wander, and it has good restaurants/cafes along the South side of the harbor. Tobago is a good snorkel stop and dinner on the beach with Glen is great. PSV has a very high end resort. SM is very local - Palm Beach is a good, casual local restaurant. If you want to extend I would suggest that you go south to Carriacou and Grenada. Sandy Island and Hillsborough are good, and the back side of Grenada down to St George's is gorgeous, but very few places to stop. The problem with going north to St Lucia (which is a great spot) is the aforementioned issue with staying overnight at any of the leeward side anchorages on St Vincent. You will probably be okay, but every so often there are armed robberies and yachties get killed, and there is little or nothing there to attract boats except to cut up the trip. Its long 70+, so if you decide to do it leave Bequia early (0600) and keep your speed up (7+). And watch out/be prepared for the north end of St Vincent it's always "fun."
  15. We use 1/4" three strand, white. The boat is 45' LOA. We have had the boat 15 years, we are on our second set. We use small blocks, but do not have an issue with them "banging" against the mast, as they gather up at the base of the boom, when the lazy jacks are retracted and lead under the reef hooks. Ours cleat at the back of the boom using small nylon horn cleats - on our second set of these, and will probably replace them again in the next few months. The first set used line through splices, but we found this slow to deploy and retract, the small blocks are easier. The lazy jacks are lead to the lower spreader, and are attached about a foot from the mast, creating a bit of a "basket." So if you must ,you have a little more leeway when raising the sail. The system has worked well, and I estimate that we have less than $75 in both sets. With the smaller line, and our size mail, we find it better to drop with the boat facing into the wind. We have a Strong Track, and the sail comes down quickly with no effort on our part other than making sure the halyard is free to run.