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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. Eben, one thing we never discussed, and we probably didn't write about it either is, backing the staysail to slow the boat down, or to get her head to turn away from the wind if you have stalled just to windward of the mooring ball. It is amazing how well that can work. We used the backed staysail and mainsail when we wanted to do what we called "stooging around" among moored boats, i.e. sailing very slowly but with complete control. When you sail up here let's go out and try some other tricks together.
  2. Eben, if I was the one working the foredeck, i always had a spare line cleated next to the anchor winch and lead correctly so that as soon as i got my hands on the mooring bouy, I fed the other end of the line through the handle and secured the line to anything strong and handy on board (shroud, lower end of the lifeline stantion). Then I could relax while I put down the boathook and the boat settled down, lost any forward motion and usually turned head to wind. O Then I could work the line forward and use the windlass if necessary to pull the line in until I had the mooring ball on board so i could secure the boat. We also had a mooring hook, similar to the one bmiller mentioned above which Larry liked to use. but instead of trying to hook the bail on the mooring ball, I found it easier, and often faster to hook the line just below the mooring ball.
  3. After a fun chat with Eben during which he commented on this forum, thought I'd take a look. Just to clear up a few inconsistencies; Taleisin was made available for 7 months before Larry and decided Eben and Annie with their youth and enthusiasm would have more fun with her than the other two people who were interested. Reason for letting go of the boat that has treated us so well - Larry has advanced Parkinson's. He was aware of the problem for the the final two years of our ocean passagemaking. As for someones comment that Larry Pardey liked patting himself on the back - I must say I am at fault for that misconception. He has always been a relatively reticent person, an amazingly competent one - but as he has also been my hero and I am the story teller in the family - I may have made him appear different than he is, emphasizing his amazing abilities (you might get a truer picture in the memoir I wrote - Bull Canyon, a Boatbuilder, A writer and Other Wildlife). And a final note - I wonder about all these so called tows one of the folks here mentioned. If you take a look at my last newsletter, you will read about the one time I chose to accept a tow into port - due to broken ribs (my own darned fault - yes, Larry did tell me to put up the lee cloth and I didn't listen.).At all other times, if Taleisin had her rig up (i..e not being refitted) we patiently figured out how to sail her where we wanted to go, or anchored until the wind changed, or sculled her except - and yes I kept records - when we were threatened with a $5000 fine for trying to sail into Victoria harbour and twice in Auckland Harbour to get to the race starting line on time when tide was flowing strongly against us. Both of us really enjoyed the challenge of sailing engine-free. In fact, looking back over our 45 years of voyaging, I doubt we would have continued so long if we'd had an engine. Reason - being without always kept us feeling adventuresome - Larry used to say it added Cheap Thrills! Someone once wrote, never complain, never explain - but couldn't resist in this case. And yes, I am enjoying being part of Eben and Annies experience. Look forward to sailing out to meet them with Felicity, my Herreshoff Bullseye sloop when next they bring Taleisin up to Kawau.