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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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About gn4478

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  • Birthday 01/09/1964

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  • Location
    Perth Amboy, NJ
  • Interests
    Racing Bristol, coastal cruising, and chartering anywhere it is warm
  1. New Sails

    My approach would be to invite 3 different sailmakers to come out with you for a sail. Have them see the boat. Have them sail the boat. Have them come up with their recommendations for the budget and club racing that you are interested in pursuing. So many options out there.
  2. VHF Anarchy

    Simple test: Take the radio out of the boat, put it into another boat's system (power and antennae cable) and see how it works. Take a working radio from a friend and connect it to the boats system and see how it works.
  3. You sick of reading that anologue barometer??

    I agree. I have a casio pathfinder watch that has a graphing barometer page. It matches the trends of an old style weems and plath barometer on board.
  4. Stuffing Box

    Are you 100% sure the yard repacked it?
  5. Sirius Weather - anyone use it?

    I have one. Love it. I have used it in multiple Bermuda races. It has always been reliable. Great value.
  6. My newest project

    Question: How do you spec out the strength of the large windows in a pilot house? I have always been fearful of what might happen if something that large broke in a storm, and the boat flooded.
  7. Life raft Rentals for Noobs

    You sure about that? When a liferaft needs to be re packed virtually everything inside the raft gets replaced. All those $50-$100 SOLAS flares - replaced. The water packets - replaced. CO2 inflator - replaced. Then there is the inflation test. The recertification... It all adds up to nothing close to cheap. You need to figure about 1/3rd of cost of raft for repack
  8. lucky number

    Honey, did you remember to close the screen door?
  9. Figawi

    Thanks! Excellent points
  10. Figawi

    Never did this race/party before. Question: Where do most boats stay in Hyannis?
  11. Funniest Lines Heard While Racing

    During one evening half way to Bermuda during the race, I hear from the cockpit, "we have lost the rudder". I pop up from the cabin an realize they started the engine to charge the batteries while the engine was in reverse. It is now known as the Chet maneuver.
  12. Stolen Designs

    I owned hull #4478 for about 15 years. Loved that boat. Very stable. Will get up on a plane in decent wind. Sorry I ended up selling her
  13. Stolen Designs

    The Flying Scot knock offs were not sanctioned by the Flying Scot boat builder, who owns the rights. I spoke with Harry Carpenter about this years ago.
  14. Replacing Standing Rigging

    It is fairly simple to install sta-lock, norseman, etc fittings if you can follow the directions. It is more expensive than swaged fittings. You may not know the exact length, so you could order the wire with swaged fittings up top, have them made a bit long, cut them and do your own fitting on the bottom. I am a fan of https://www.secosouth.com/ They are the outfit that used to make up defender's rigging jobs.
  15. Life raft Rentals for Noobs

    I rented for my first 2 Bermuda races then purchased. I highly recommend http://www.seasafety.com/ They are active with the safety at sea program and a great resource as well. I think that if you use the raft for 2 races per yr, it pays to own it. I also wanted to pack a PLB in the raft, so that is hard to do with a rental. On my boat, I thru bolted a stainless steel cradle to the deck. This allows for a hydrostatic release.