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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. Poor Kiwis, all they smell is ass. No beans allowed before sailing day.
  2. Glad they all made it off safe. Good solid boat, top team aboard who knew the boat well. Do you ever think there is a wave somewhere in the world with your name on it? Na luck boys, will miss the boat adding to the clyde sea scape. An organisation that does much good for young people, will be giving towards a replacement boat, if possible.
  3. Looking great. Kind of like a pilot cutter, surroundings to make you feel calm and relaxed, but without the waterlogged whale sailing performance. Love the ninja death star feature, one for the tiller too? Those props are going to pick up everything, I would want inspection windows in the hull, for pre start checks after a long sail. Still, always lovely to have a second backup plan.
  4. Ahhh, the 'skimming dish'
  5. I choose to wear a lifejacket when outdoors, I chose to wear a harness with 2 lifelines for effective restraint when the conditions warrant. I chose to get crew I am responsible for to do likewise. When I am crew, I see the skippers prescription on PPE as a base line, to be added to as required. PPE is the last line of defence, accepted, and is not a direct replacement for not paying attention or using best practice, but the sea is strong, I am weak, and lack gills. Why make it harder for myself. You choose whatever strategy you like, I will not judge you for it. RIP Eric
  6. Would that be cash or account sir? I like it, its stark and modern, 45 was glamour and extreme for its time, the CS42 was a bendytoy yawnfest, this seems right for a successor. Hope it goes, this bow still needs proving. Sometimes think that if you were to fill the triangle between the knuckle and the end of the sprit with 'boat', it might be an even nicer/faster/drier boat to sail.
  7. For offshore cruising, can't think of a less important upgrade. Nice to have, would upgrade to them as the winches wear out/can't get parts, but in the nice, rather than essential, list. If either of you can't sheet it in with current winches, carry less sail? Good winch handles almost make as much difference as good winches. Maybe one of those battery winch handles is another option, if you're worried about strength.
  8. It may be that the sail maker did not get it right, or the mast has more rake than the sail was designed for. You could try raising the tack with a short lashing, to make the sheet pull more down and less aft, if this fixes it, then a sailmaker should be able to change the clew hight, or put a range of different clew attachments to give you a range of sheeting positions, changing the attachment point is like moving a jib car with traditional sheets.
  9. Bingo, broken arm. Usually wait till the following day, and fast forward the interviews, postponements and procession races, but still, the number of races they get through is impressive, and some of the pairings are golden. Chicago, this is ACWS last chance for me, its just another cat race, but with the distinction that none of the competitors give a shit.
  10. 3 hours of good racing footage a day, for 5 days, showing top quality racing, in good venues, per event, for free. Versus 10 mins of dog and pony shows, where the interviews/hype have more prominence than the racing, because the racing sucks ass. Buy if you pays, you get to watch the whole tortuous mickey mouse lotto races in daft places. Don't know why am enjoying the WMRS so.
  11. Nice Shoalbuster, what does it rate?
  12. a gold coin for under the mainmast step?
  13. thanks
  14. leatherman OHT (one handed tool), the knives are on the outside, but the pliars slide out, a la gerber, with less hassle than opening a wave/surge. For when the back don't give you enough halyard, and you have to have pliars while still holding on. Leatherman quality, so you can still use them as a hammer....
  15. This is Darth Vaders catamaran. love it.