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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. New boat didn't come with any instruments but a Velocotek Puck. So now countdown timer to use for the starts. Yeah I know we can just use our wrist watches but I seem to be the only one of my crew who brings a watch with a timer. I'd like to have a bigger timer I can Velcro somewhere on the boat. Any name make and models you've seen out there? One of my crew was going to bring an old cell phone and use the timer on it. Not a bad idea. But what else?
  2. Im thinking now I have Vang that doesnt belong on the boat. My vang has an internal spring. No cyclinder. So did Melges ever use such a vang or did the previous owner just put a generic vang on that fit. Anyone have a picture of theirs?
  3. Have some Boom vang questions. Trying to figure out if mine is worn out. Wondering how much adjustment or travel the vang has. Mine doesn't seem to have much. I've been out four times so far. All four times in wind under 12 knots but haven't once touched the vang. When do you experienced Melges 24 sailors make Vang adjustments. Any simple way I can tell if my vang is fully functional? I'd like to know when going down wind in a blow I can release the vang to dump some air.
  4. Got one for $20,000 Canadian this winter. That converts to under $15,000 US right now. Its old but in decent shape with decent sails. Is that what you are looking for? Where are you? Another one I know of in Boston that might go for cheap.
  5. I bought hull 004 from Toronto. Old boat but in good shape. Has newish sails and rigging. Previous owner had some funny things rigged up. I've discovered a missing padeye or something on the starboard side of the mast. Couldn't understand why I couldn't figure how the Cunningham was rigged. Also the fine tune of the Main halyard has me stumped. There is something missing at the bottom end of the mast support that the fine tune hooks to. Again not sure how the previous owner had it rigged. I'll figure something out.
  6. Bottom job done. Turned out pretty well. Time will tell if I got the water line right. Anyway next questions. Getting close to putting the mast up in my yard. The rigging on the mast post has me a bit perplexed. On the port side is a stainless contraption that the jib halyard hooks to? Not sure I am understanding the point of the jib halyard being the fore stay. So what is the point? Makes changing the jib a big job doesn't it? Next. How is the Main halyard run? And what else is rigged on the starboard side of the mast post? Manual doesn't show it clearly. And again I feel the previous owner had some funny rigging there.Thanks agin. 2-3 weeks til launch.
  7. Next question: How can I find the water line for the boat? Without putting it in the water. Yes I am planning on barrier coats and bottom paint. And yes I have considered all the pros and cons of doing so.
  8. So I have the Manual. That's what alerted me to the different set up. The back stay is new already. Its the flicker that looks out of place. Longer than the normal ones I think. So I think he ran it right to the tip of the mast to compensate. In fact , in doing so, it looks like he attached a wind vane to it as well since he covered up all available space for the wind vane. Maybe its the flicker I need to replace. The top of the back stay runs through a tiny little block attached to the back end of the flicker before attaching to the pin on the under side of the mast crane. This sound right?
  9. Thought Id start a new Melges thread so I can ask questions as I get to them. I am finding that the previous owner had his own unique way of rigging this boat. I was able to download a manual from Melges and clearly I have some differences in set up. So first question. The back stay set up. I have a fibreglass batten with what i am assuming is an Amsteel line. How and where does the batten attach to the mast? The manual shows it connects with two screws to the aft half of the mast crane. But it looks like mine is attached to the mast crane AND the top of the mast. And what kind of screws are used? This one had three different screws and two of them were wood screws? Are they not threaded holes? The one machine screw I found doesn't seem to fit any of the three holes I found. The pin on the under side of the crane aft does not seem to be used with this soft back stay. That likely? All for now.
  10. Well the pole and boot could not be cleaner. I have tried a few different lubricants to no avail. I think I will replace the bungy with a line. And even then I might leave the boot off unless its blowing hard.
  11. Mine has a bungy cord in that spot. Maybe I should replace that with a proper line. Although if you didnt use the line I guess why would I bother. Might try to stretch out the rubber boot and see if that helps.
  12. Yeah it's definetly too tight. I can stand out in front of the boat to push the sprit back in and the boat and trailer move before the sprit moves in. Sprit is well clean and lubed. I may just remove the gasket and leave it off. When you say you removed the pole in line do you mean the bungy cord?
  13. Just playing around with my new to me Melges. My first sport boat. Just figuring out the rigging here in my garage as I wait for summer to arrive. Noticed today that it takes a lot of effort to deploy the bowsprit. And even more effort to bring it back in. I toosened the rubber flange and that helped emensely so I assume that's the problem. So is the flange just old and too stiff? Or is it always this tough to make the sprit slide? Do you have to use the tack line to help the pole back in? Lots more questions about to come as I get closer to launch day in May. The seller has decided he doesn't want to answer any questions now that he has my money.
  14. We pull the masts every year up here in the great white north. Lots of J35's at our club. Nothing out of the ordinary about the J35. Sounds like you have all the help you need. Careful with the furler and luff track if you have one. Have someone down below until the mast exits the cabin. I usually have a couple of lines to tie up the stays a bit while the mast is airborne. Except for the forstay with furler. Have three horses ready and lay her down gently. Piece of carpet on the ground for when the mast base touches down. Go slow!
  15. I went with a dogbone. Seems like a personal preference thing to me.