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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. Sweet new lid for the locker! I was able to rebuild mine and get it up to snuff, but they live a hard life - especially racing.
  2. We did very well in 2-6.5 knot conditions in an M24. 6.5-12, and the big genoa boats power up and can take off, water lining your ass. Like others said, you can tack very efficiently, and accelerate quickly in light air, giving a tactical boost - lots more options.
  3. We race PHRF, and our rating has moved between 72 and 85
  4. We race my Swede 55 here on Lake Champlain, and have had some success. It really depends on the conditions. Heavy wind, downwind and we fly. I have many videos showing us first around the mark on a long downwind leg - beating J-122, J-111, 36.7's, J-109's, etc. We have won our fair share of races... In reality we are just a bit slower on our light wind lake than the J-109, and generally can beat the 36.7 often boat for boat. This is short course, W/L light wind racing - not the strongest for the Swede. Like I said earlier - the Swede can be very fast, and sometimes slow against modern race boats. Anything with a reach or downwind and we are gone - even against very fast modern boats. Upwind in light air can be very challenging. Changing directions and getting back up to speed is challenging, so sometimes your options are limited.
  5. No! They couldn't be more different. The Swede 55 has a classic design heritage dating back to the 20's, and was very well built in Sweden. It is long and narrow, but has a deep hull. The Mc65, not so much...
  6. Interesting - I have a very stable boat, but have had no problem with the Nexus autopilot driving to AWA. The boat doesn't lose control, but there can be some pretty big shifts in AWA in flukey conditions - especially on a reach with changes in wind velocity. The pilot corrects for those properly, but it often isn't what you would do if you were driving the boat - you would hold course. Upwind AWA changes tend to be much smaller due to velocity, so the mode seems better.
  7. I was sick this weekend, but I will try to measure my wheel - it is a great size, and larger than standard. I had a great last sail alone in 20 knots and snow, and then we hauled Rosina.
  8. We had a great season last year on the Swede and are gearing up for another. Downwind boat speed continues to be great, and we are getting faster upwind. Downwind run:
  9. As an owner of a Swede 55, and having followed your project closely, it is great to see them side by side. The low freeboard on the Swede always makes her look small. You get a 37' cabin, but tons of storage which is nice. Thanks, Noah
  10. As stated, I have a horse in this race (so to speak), but there are many trade offs with an asymmetric kite, not just the j dimension. Reaching it is great...dead down wind on a 40 year old design it sucks. We do terrible in W/L races, and great on P-P races. I think that the PHRF committee should be thinking about two rating systems. The racing we do is so different on Wednesday nights and weekends. Just look at our record to back that up.
  11. Come on guys, tell them it doesn't matter at all...(I'm assuming my boat is the one that is bringing up this question...)
  12. I sold one on ebay from a TracVision for $10-15 I wish I could have supplied this info with it!
  13. 3 cyl! Imagine the power!
  14. Vortex looks amazing! The big projects this year on Rosina are rebuilding the icebox, and replumbing the head. I'm making the icebox larger & better insulated. I'm also replacing the Norcold compressor with a new one...should be a sailing season with cold beer!
  15. We are finally up to speed this year, and having a great time with Rosina. We managed a 3rd last night, but it was in puffy 10-18 knot conditions. We went with the #2 and a full main. At times we had great speed, other times we were a bit over powered: We have had better luck in our Weekend distance races. Currently first in our class (A-Class), and 3rd overall in the Spinnaker division.