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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. It isn't my keel. I do have a 35-III, and put in a garboard plug - but thank god it looks a hell of a lot better than that!!!
  2. I owned a boat with a Volvo saildrive installed in it, for years 25-30 of the saildrive's life - and it left my care still looking great and running great. Change the oil, change the anode, no problemo. Hey Brent, doesn't your rant count as uninformed advice from someone with no practical experience in the subject he is talking about? As someone with years of experience I say you are a charlatan...
  3. What I wonder is this - if Brent is such a craftsman and master designer, how come his boat is not the queen of the fleet? It should be the showcase boat, but it is not...
  4. When we are talking about design why would this be a real factor, Brent? Seriously. When I'm looking for an expert I don't need some renaissance man who does it all, I need the expert. The engineer who designed the engine in your boat sure as hell didn't put it together, and doesn't likely live with one. The pilot who flew your airplane to Cuba sure as hell didn't build the plane. If I need a cardiologist I don't care if s/he has had a heart attack, I care if they are well trained experts. If I hired a yacht designer to design me a boat I wouldn't give a rat's ass if they knew how to weld, paint, mix gelcoat, or any other building skills. I'd be looking for an expert in the activity of design. If I happen to be trapped on an island with a pile of sheet steel, welding gear, and you - then we might talk. I suspect I'd just wing it on my own though. So give it a rest. If you can't talk knowledgeably about your design then you are a poor excuse for a designer.
  5. Just curious, when you make up these "client" quotes do you put a sock puppet on your hand and pretend, or is it just in your head???
  6. Well paint a target on my head, Bob! I haven't seen a Brentboat yet either. Every time I see a squat, crude metal rustbucket in an anchorage I surreptitiously check it for solid lifelines, a home made windlass, a tiller that you can only use while sitting on a milk crate, and a whacking huge bollard-thing on the bow. No joy so far. Of course, without Will on board I am much hampered at identifying other boats so well. I don't have anything like his eye. And don't H-Rs come with oscilloscopes, factory equipped? (I'll get my coat...)
  7. Wouldn't it be easier to add a bypass wire for the sniffer?
  8. You don't need a squall to put the decks of a BS Yacht under. 15 knots will do it. I now understand why he want the rails so high. Those are obviously dangerous boats at sea. Also, note the radar reflector. Ahm, Brent, really? The radar reflector has been on my masthead for many years now. Why? Does several tons of angular steel hull provide less of a radar return than a small piece of aluminum? I can understand it on a glass boat (I have one) - but on steel? Are you sure you know what those reflectors are for? In any case, the fact that your boats are ridiculously tender has been shown by other owners as well - I copied the comment from one of your site members above talking about having to reef in 10 knots. Definitely not good offshore boats. But like I said, I now understand why you want the ridiculously high liferail. Half that rail is underwater in just a fresh breeze! You're boats are dangerous Brent. Look at Bob's boats above - how they are sailing proudly with speed and stability. None of them are underwater like yours is, even with full sails. Try, for once in your life, to learn something. In a big ocean swell, the hull is often in the trough, so getting a radar reflector much higher up, increases your chance of showing up on radar. Not an issue in the intercoastal waterway , where you do your cruising. So how would you know that? It also looks like your radar reflector is in the edge-on position, not the preferred double catch rain position, and thus it is almost useless. Citation here.
  9. Always have a plan B, Bob. Have a design all finished, ready to go, but unreleased. Like Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay". Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The Sky Is Crying". Or Joy Division's "Closer"... Hopefully you (or your estate) won't need it for a very long time!
  10. Evans, I'm all about DIY. Glass work needs doing, I do it. Splicing rope, re-wiring, etc... Published twice in Good Old Boat. And have participated in one home-built boat. But to be told that I'm a chump because I don't want to sail a butt ugly half built slow as shit boat, by someone who is arguably sponging off a financial system that I (as a Canadian) support with my taxes, is a bit hard to take. And as an engineer - to see someone claim to be a superior boat designer, with no backup for those claims, is a bit hard to take. The fact that only a few very talented people have managed to build presentable boats to the "plans" provided by Brent is a testimony to their ability to "wing it", not any proof of great documentation. Hell, as a kid I built an A frame fort in my back yard - if I draw it for you does that make me an architect? If this attitude of mine makes me an ass then so be it, I will happily remain so.
  11. Fixed that for you...
  12. Dank? Bob, your office rules.
  13. Nah. Just because he's given upon ever getting laid again doesn't mean he's lost his yachting cred. Wait, when did Ish get cred???
  14. You need to go down under, down under? I'll get my coat...
  15. That was the best Star Trek movie by far. "Cap'n, Thar be Whales!" Fair winds, James. Yah, but the question is why did they need plexiglass for the tanks? It isn't like the whales needed to see the inside of a shitty old Klingon ship, it would be like viewing the inside of a Brentboat...