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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. Try lightly rolling with a dry(ish) foam roller to tip instead of tipping with a brush. More orange peel, but much easier. Instead of tipping with a foam brush, use a good fine bristle brush. The vertical glass thinner test is good. Getting the thinner right is very important. Use as much thinner as you can. Lower your expectations, because anyone looking at your boat that closely needs to step back from your boat.
  2. Not harder, just less forgiving. Very much worth the effort. Youtube is your friend, mostly. Perfection will show any faults in your surface. Fix them well. Or use flattening agents. After sanding, vacuum with shop vac and brush to remove dust. Tipping with a dry roller, as opposed to a brush, can work well with Perfection. A practice project is a cheep investment, especially if it's a friend's boat. 2333n brushing liquid is your friend. If you're not terrified of runs, it's too thick. Thin to win.
  3. Wait. The boat never actually sank, they had a liferaft on deck, a $30,000 tender on davits, and land was just a couple miles away? I'm thinking someone could have at least gone over the side with some duct-tape to try and patch up the hole. If you really want a ride in a helicopter, just go to Las Vegas and take the tour. I don't want to judge, but since this is Sailing Anarchy, why not.
  4. People who blindly say you should always wear a life jacket are an automatic red flag. People who have a reason for wearing a life jacket are typically just fine.
  5. 2.3mm VHB 4991 3M tape (Not the thin stuff you find locally, gotta order from McMaster Carr or similar) Dow Corning #791 silicone Here's a link: http://www.thecoastalpassage.com/windows.html
  6. After several seasons of frustrations dealing with RayM customer service on my own, I finally decided to have a RayM dealer do the talking. They sent my unit in for an "evaluation" and I was eventually offered a brand new transmitter for something around half or a third of the replacement cost of my 10+ year old head unit. None of this was offered until a dealer sent the unit in.
  7. Sailing gets in the way of my boat work. Ruining expensive sails, sun burns, losing races, yuck. Power tools = happiness.
  8. Ditto, although I had less luck with the customer service side of things.
  9. I was on a boat with Great Red Shark once, and our mast fell down. I was at the same regatta as Great Red Shark once, and our mast fell down. Crew member once mentioned the name "Great Red Shark", and the mast fell down. Once saw a boat named "Great Red Shark", there was a broken mast stub on the deck. All true.
  10. At two hours and eleven minutes it could be two hours shorter.
  11. Paint it white and tell people it's carbon fiber.
  12. Defender? http://search.defender.com/?expression=Lonseal&s=1 We used Lonseal on the interior of our boat. It's very heavy, and I've found that you can't always get it clean. But it has it's positives, too.
  13. I regularly singlehand the Schock for racing and cruising. It was dicey before adding the autopilot, roller-furler, and Tides Marine mainsail track. Now it's fine. To me a 70phrf boat is light years from a 100phrf boat, so I think that part's really up to what you enjoy.
  14. If you like the Capri 30 you'll love the Schock 35. Similar boats in design and nature, but the 35 is obviously another factor larger. A RACER/cruiser Schock or a J35 sail like laser beams compared to a CRUISER/racer C&C or similar from the 80's (IMHO). When cruising a Schock 35 leave the #1 at home and only bring the #3,. Sailboat cruising is mostly motoring with style and even on light air days the Schock is easier to sail with the #3 and hardly slower. Not to start a fight, but tillers are more fun to sail and leave more room in the cockpit for dinner. Plus a #10,000 tiller pilot works fine on a Schock for far less money and hassle than a wheel system. The interiors are spartan and many were raced hard and put away wet, but that simplicity makes them easy to rehab in a style that works for you. The mostly open layout of the Schock provides lots of space. Plan on a deck rebuild. Lack of a proper bilge sump is a pain, but it keeps you honest about deck leaks. Cruising a racing boat isn't for everyone, but it's much easier to turn an 80's racer into a cruiser than turn any cruiser into a performance sailing boat.
  15. I just make my crew do it. They'll do anything for a Bud Lite.