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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. Mast or boom furling?

    If you are basing this preference on the responses here, I don't think we statistically represent the new boat buying market.
  2. Mast or boom furling?

    I've done 3 offshore passages and a week of island cruising on a 54' boat with the Leisure Furl boom. Also did a week's charter in the BVI on a 50' with in-mast. Ease of use - in mast system hands down. It furled and unfurled easily, it was easy to shorten sail, it just worked. The boom furler - not so much. Very difficult to raise the sail (scary amounts of load and friction, even using electric winches and gobs of sail lube). A challenge to get it down and furled properly, lots of load on the furling line. The lift was set for the boom angle but it's still a finicky bitch. The halyard ran free, no excess friction there, it just seems to be the nature of the beast. A later passage was done with brand new sails, and honestly the up and down experience was not much improved than the original sail. For the around the island stuff (Antigua FYI) we did the headsail only thing sometimes, just too much work to raise the main for a short sail. I suppose if I had to have one of the two, if the primary consideration was offshore I'd opt for the boom just so you can still drop the sail when it all goes Tango Uniform. If the primary use is coastal, I'd say the mast unit for convenience. I've also sailed a charter cat with a stack pack, that seemed easier to use than the boom system. My own boat (38') had the Harken battcar system, that sail went up and down nice!
  3. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    My name is Jim and I say he's dead, Jim!
  4. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    I forgot he used the broken tiller scam last year to get towed into port.
  5. Webb Chiles-Opua to Capetown 2016

    Someone sent him a couple satellite shots, Gannet is visible and looks to be OK. Nice to see a bit of good news amid all the devastation. I'm happy for Webb.
  6. Irma

    Apparently central FL is a mess: "I’m writing this from a phone hotspot, which is the only source of internet access (probably because cables are down all over) and using the fuel remaining in the generator. to power up the drained laptop. I haven’t seen a second of TV (and don’t care to) and have no idea what media is saying about storm. However, if radio talk is any indicator, these pontificating doofuses are stuck in their Vichy boxes not looking past the coastal metropolitan areas. The center of Florida is rural, farming, working class, and also lots of poor people. The coasts are more well-off. I think all the attention is going to the coasts. The center of the state is of Florida is FUBAR. Truth. Really bad. Those fine God-loving people didn’t have much and now they have less."... The unwritten stories are the people in the center of the state. Bigly. Kids with no shoes; desperate moms; no food now; the few belongings they did have washed away or blown away. The above happens to be from a political site, but it is not a political post. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/09/11/irmas-aftermath-a-ground-report/
  7. Tom Scott and UnTom

    Watching and hoping the best for an all of FL. From the TV the eye is just about to pass Naples now.
  8. Webb Chiles-Opua to Capetown 2016

    Gannet is on the hard in Marathon, which is looking like ground zero for Irma. Webb's last couple of posts discuss the possibility of losing the boat. Fortunately he returned home last week. Hoping for the best for all in Irma's path.
  9. Irma

    Might be two or three keepers in the pile of boats, ugh.
  10. Microburst Hits Santa Barbara Harbor 9/3 Reports?

    Don't be so hard on those who needed help. This is SoCal, we just don't get weather like this - ever. Certainly not in summer. I'm sure most had no idea what could happen even as they saw it approach. Something like this would create a real cluster in Prisoners or Pelican at Santa Cruz Island on a summer weekend. Would probably end up with a few boats driven ashore.
  11. Hurricane Harvey - watch out, Texas

    Filling trash cans with gasoline? That's eff'n crazy! He's probably going to put them in his garage along with the water heater and its pilot light. What could go wrong?
  12. Brand new and totally ignorant

    This is good advice. It's likely your perspective on possible "improvements" will change after a few sails and spending a couple of nights on the boat.
  13. From FP kids getting killed

    Not really much in the way of facts in the FP article from which to judge any policies or lack thereof. I remember my first sailing lesson 45 years ago - we had to jump in the bay and tread water for 10 minutes before we could get in a boat. Best thoughts and prayers for the kid and his family, hope he makes a full recovery.
  14. Hurricane Harvey - watch out, Texas

    My sister reports 2 feet of water in their home in Clear Lake Shores this morning.
  15. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Well certainly that's the right answer, if at least one boat too late. I've got no quarrel with what someone does with their money, and if they want to buy a novice sailor a boat, god bless 'em. A novice can learn. First thing they have to learn is how to depart the dock, control the boat and return to the dock. If they can't manage this, they would never be able get underway themselves and end up among the reefs of Fiji. It's a self-governing process. But towing the novice out to sea short-circuits the learning process and natural selection of who ends up offshore.