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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. April fools!!! I hope...
  2. Correction. You will get dinged for an oversized roach: "No mainsail at the mid-girth shall measure more than the greater of (.50E + .022P + 1.2 feet) or 0.65E. The ¾ girth shall measure no more than the greater of (.28E + .016P + .85 feet) or 0.38E. The 7/8 girth shall measure no more than .22E. Any greater dimensions shall be considered “Oversize Roach.”" When I purchased my last racing mainsail, the sailmaker asked "Do you want it to be fast, or PHRF class legal?" When quizzed he said he could cheat on the roach for significant speed gains, that it was common. I went class legal and sure enough, I observed my leech never touched the backstay when tacking but one sister one-design boat's main was definitely "roachier" by maybe 8 inches and caught on the backstay each tack. Not reported on his cert and we rated the same. Later found out the factory table, head door and stove were missing on his boat too. Nope - not necessarily. Where I race(and in most areas) "oversize roach" must be declared - but - any rating adjustment is reviewed on a case by case basis. Perhaps our boat is a special case because the "class" roach profile exceeds the PHRF standard definitions. On our new sails we went with a square top, and kept the area the same, thereby reducing the MGU, MGM, and MGL. The boat looks way faster with the new sail profile, hard to say if it actually is.
  3. I wouldn't accept a sail that is short on the luff or foot, period. That's why P and E measurements are marked on the rig on on the rating form - those are the maximums. If I were buying a new sail for PHRF I'd go with the the max dimensions possible, with a nice looking roach profile (remember looks are important! Your sail designer should know this), you might get dinged with your rating but in a light air venue the additional performance gain will be a net positive for you.
  4. Interesting. Perhaps at that moment W is staying clear. However, if L wants to luff, W has to immediately go HTW or bear-off hard to go over the top (around the bow) of L. In my experiences, the only way for W to really realistically clear is to go head to wind to gain more lateral separation as soon as the overlap is established or bear off and break the overlap. If W allows the overlap to sustain for a period of time without changing course she will likely find herself is a situation where she fouls L.
  5. I tried going through Gowrie....but in the end Geico was by far the easiest and cheapest option. The boat was insured for replacement value after a short and quite frankly pleasant phone call. Although the agent wasn't sure if racing was covered on the phone, when the policy arrived it clearly noted local sailing competition is covered. Knock on wood, haven't had any claims to date.
  6. Awesome thanks, if you can send the owner my way that would be great!
  7. Hi, We have a nice google doc setup with tuning pics and measurement numbers. Happy to share with you so you can add/compare your notes. Please PM me your email. Cheers
  8. I've used both. PM me
  9. Just make an offer. PM me.
  10. At the moment no. I'll see if I can find it. The Marblehead was Ghost #5
  11. The Harken Reflex furler works very, very well. The cable is the key here, very good torque transmission, but the furler set-up is very slick and well thought out as well. If you don't mind a little bit of extra weight and are only going to be top-down spinnaker furling stop looking at other products. For what it is, it is the best on the market. Feel free to PM me
  12. Just go fast and keep the boat flat - problem solved!! Ha! We've noticed the same phenomena on our boat (#5 Ghost) - pretty easy to power up too quickly and stall, so it's been a bit of a learning curve with the driver and main trimmer. Boat is in the water right now, I can measure the rudder when the boat is hauled in a couple of weeks. I would guess that we have identical rudders
  13. We have #5 GHOST in Guilford, CT. Picked up the boat in May and have been having A LOT of fun figuring her out, and upgrading systems. We rate 69. Our first race was in 16-18kts of wind and were racing against a pair of J109's. We held with them much better than I had expected upwind. They were a minute or so ahead at the windward mark. Downwind we were casually cruising at 14-16kts BS, topping out at 18kts. Could barely see the 109's at the leeward mark! The boat generally sails/handles way better than we had guessed with it's pretty radical design. With the boom pulled to the side and the wings extended, the boat has the biggest dancefloor of any 24ft boat I've ever seen... Just took delivery of some new sails, so the boat now looks like a proper racer under sail. Hoping to do some regattas in the future...maybe Charleston...
  14. Any sail with mylar film has a finite lifespan, due to UV degradation, so in Austin where it is always very sunny mylar sails struggle. I think x-drive is still a mylar film sail. If you went with dacron it would stay together forever but with poor shape holding. With 3Di you'll have longevity in terms of shape holding, UV resistance and don't have to worry about any kind of delamination.