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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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  1. Building a spinnaker crane?

    Not a great pic, but this is a Swan 65 masthead, as designed by the master rigger himself, Rod Stephens. The cranes are separate. Spin halyards enter the mast about 6 feet down - staggered slots, one a foot or two below the other so you don't have a "tear here" set of holes.
  2. Eggshell rant

    Yup. I'll stick to the local farmers' market from now on. But the issue remains - not enough calcium in their diet.
  3. Eggshell rant

    I think I'm a good person. But certainly I'm a sailor. And I eschew assholes, and even jerks. Life's too short to put up with that crap.
  4. Eggshell rant

    Mate, I like your comment. Thanks. Actually my life really sucks right now, on multiple levels, health, wealth, business, personal. So the egg rant is a bit of a distraction. Hey, ho...
  5. Eggshell rant

    Aha.... Maybe it's all the right-handed nocturnal exercise. But wait... I use the mouse with my right hand, so if anything my left would be stronger. Quandary.
  6. Eggshell rant

    What is it with production of eggs in the USA? The shells are getting more flimsy and weak by the day. Unless picked up ever so carefully, you put your finger right through the shell. I like a medium boiled egg and a slice of toast for breakfast. I've been doing this for 50+ years. It used to require several sharp blows with the spoon the crack the shell, but no longer. You can't even eat the fucking thing without the spoon going right through the other side and giving you a load of shell shards. Free range, pasture raised (ha!) - all the same. Are egg producers so tight with their cash that they don't supply enough calcium in the birds' diet? And what's the wastage rate in handling? Or do they just develop more delicate machinery to compensate? Rant over.
  7. Boiling Atlantic - Lee and Maria

    Remember the Great Storm of 15-16 October 1987? Trashed Southern England and Northern parts of France. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Storm_of_1987 Our old house on the Isle of Wight lost a lot of roof, and 35 oak trees. 15 million trees down in England alone. Not pretty.
  8. blooper time!

    Yes, fly that thing. DDW is the only way to go with that 5ksb, and the blooper is the only way to keep it upright. But you do need 20kts of breeze, which may be a limiting factor where you are.
  9. Boiling Atlantic - Lee and Maria

    The Gulf SSTs are still very hot. I wouldn't be surprised to see Nate spin up suddenly into a Cat 2 or even 3 before he comes ashore. Not wishin'... just sayin'.
  10. A Moment of Respectful Silence...

    I saw this on FB today. Worth thinking about. "If the Mandalay Bay hotel had caught fire and 58 people died and 500+ people were injured trying to escape, America would be having a discussion about how to make hotels safer. If 58 people at the concert had died and 500+ people went to the hospital due to food poisoning, America would be having a conversation about how to make food safer. If a gas tanker accident on I-15, the freeway that runs through Las Vegas, had killed 58 people and injured 500+, there would be demands to make our roads safer. It is not "political" to demand that lawmakers take steps to reduce deaths from gun violence any more than it is "political" to demand better fire codes, stricter food inspections, and safer roads." Comments?
  11. Older well known IOR Boats

    There's a group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/140998935924116/ of old Moonduster friends who are attempting a resuscitation. I loved that old bus. I skippered her delivery back from Porto Cervo to Cork after the 1982 Sardinia Cup. What a fine ship. Bloody nightmare gale in Biscay, and a near miraculous arrival in Bayona to shelter from it. Denis and Mary were the loveliest couple of owners that I'd ever hope to meet. RIP.
  12. FP Anarchy kicked out of race

    So you royally piss someone off, ad nauseam, on the internet, and expect that they don't like that? What goes around comes around. Sorry chum, but this was so obviously coming your way.
  13. The Four Carbon Cutters project

    I think this may be designed. Once the third reef is in there's a large stack of cars at the mast, which means the third reef tack is about a foot higher than you'd otherwise like. Make the reef clew lower, so it can be ground close to the boom, and it all sorts itself out. Also you don't need a big vang excursion while reefing. My $0.02 Edit Second reef is similar, but about half the difference. Edit: Good sail design and rigging planning, IMHO
  14. Maria

    A couple of minutes ago. This is not good. Reports just received from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to 175 mph (280 km/h). The estimated minimum pressure based on data from the aircraft is 909 mb (26.84).
  15. Maria

    It's like boxing. You get knocked down by a serious punch, and get up groggy before the end of the count. The next one, which puts you out, will be a much smaller one. Pity those people in the BVI/USVI and St Martin. They may not even know that Maria is on the way, as comms are still mostly out.