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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. The local creatures seem to like them. Caught a bunch of rock fish this past weekend that had been feeding on those.
  2. You don't need to tap epoxy, it's a liquid! All you need to do is make sure it cures in the right shape. Thoroughly grease your fastener and deck hardware, mix up your epoxy and pour it into the hole, position the deck hardware in it's final resting place, dab some epoxy on the fasteners and push them into place, have a beer, have another beer, unscrew your fastener, degrease it and your deck hardware, countersink the hole, add caulk and tighten it all down. If the hole is not on a horizontal surface you can thicken the epoxy. If this all scares you test it with some scrap. Alternately you can partially fill the hole with epoxy, wait for it to cure, drill a pilot hole. Then grease everything up, pour in epoxy and screw it down (held in place by the pilot holes. This should be covered in chapter 7 of the West System manual.
  3. Welcome to boat ownership. The chainplates will not be the end of it. The annoying thing about boats is that there's always something that needs doing. The great thing is that there's always something that needs doing. Don't forget to punt the list and just go sailing! FWIW there's a forum specifically for asking fix-it questions, fix-it-anarchy. You'll get good advice here on CA from a very supportive crowd, feel free to keep doing it. But it's good etiquette to post these kinds of questions over there. And there are people over there who love to nerd out over fixing boats, maybe too much so ;)! You'll get great advice either way.
  4. I don't know what happened but Rock and Roll is in the yard. Maybe a coincidence.
  5. Problem is that "inopportune time" is when the head is full of stuff you don't want to deal with. Don't ask me how I know this! For me the time to swap out the pump is when you first get the "not happy" signal. If you want to save a few bucks, keep the old one as a working spare.
  6. FYI there's a tool called a "hose pick" that helps break hoses free of fittings. They can be very helpful in getting hoses loose. They come in many different angles, depending on the access you have to the hose.
  7. Last year I used the standard package for a three month cruise to Mexico, including a Baja bash, all using Iridium Go. Lots of things to dislike about the Iridium Go but PredictWind was awesome. I didn't really use the routing, I did that myself but I was really happy with the models. I found that it underpredicted heavy air by maybe 5 kts and overpredicted light air by a couple of knots. But for picking when/where to go it was fantastic. The software for mac was robust and really intuitive to use. FWIW on the Baja bash we didn't see a gust over 15 kts or a wave over 4'. We spent several days at anchor along the way when it was howling but when the model said "go" we went hard and got the hook down before the shit hit the fan.
  8. It seems like the gales are short-lived. If we have to leave a day late, or come back a day early it's no big deal. Check Sailflow a couple of days before departure. If strong NE winds are forecast, don't go. People have died. Usually NE conditions are associated with Santa Annas but they can also be generated by strong winter storms. This is a year of strong winter storms. But it's all forecast days in advance. Pay attention and you'll be fine.
  9. Once your application is completed they'll mail it to you and it should arrive in a couple of days. I would do it early in the 60 day window though. The web site to apply is a bit weird (hey it's Mexico what do you expect?). It might ask you to upload all kinds of nonsensical documents. I just repeatedly uploaded my documentation cert until it stopped asking me to upload things and presto it worked. Customs in Ensenada is a non-issue. Your marina will clear you in and out if you're only staying a couple of nights. If you plan to stay longer then you'll probably have to go through the check-out procedure. Your marina will help you with this. I recommend Cruiseport if you're going to do this. Keep whatever documents you have that show you checked out of Ensenada along with the TIP. If anyone wants to get a new TIP on your boat (say a new owner) then they'll need to cancel the existing TIP and they can't do that if they can't show that you checked out of the country. At least that's the law as of this year, who knows what it will be next year? Finally, you'll need a customs sticker to clear customs at the dock in San Diego. You can order this online. Now would be a good time to do that. If you don't have a sticker the customs guys will whine at you but probably drop it (don't ask me how I know that ).
  10. If you're in SoCal PBYC runs the Island series during the course of the summer. Three races around either Anacapa or Santa Cruz Islands. One of these, the Hardway around Santa Cruz can be fantastic. This year they're on 5/20, 7/8 and 8/19. It's pretty fun using an island as a turning mark and usually there's good wind in the channel. Probably the most fun race in that area is SB-King Harbor, also leaves Anacapa to port. More fun if you have a bigger/faster boat, the wind can shut down in the middle of the night leading to a drift-off. This year it's on 7/28. If you want to race to Mexico then N2E is the biggest and a lot of fun but it's very early in the calendar. If you'll need to leave Oregon in early April to get there which could be problematical.
  11. Non-US citizens can't register boats with the USCG, i.e. documented vessels. But they can register with the state which is probably just as good. I haven't returned from Cuba on a boat but things have changed in the past year or so. There are cruise ships doing it now, I doubt you'll have any problems.
  12. Just to clarify, he should register either with a state or document it with the Coast Guard, not both. If he's planning on getting financing then he might have to document it, speak to the lender well in advance. I don't know the relative advantage of a Florida registration over any other but I can imagine that there are tax implications. A 40+ ft cat could be into the $0.5m range and the taxes could be significant. He should speak to his accountant or find one who knows something about boats.
  13. Preferably in the Santa Barbara/Ventura area. Thanks in advance!
  14. Can you name a vendor or two? McMaster Carr sells all sizes and shapes of UHMW as well as 3M VHB tape and sheets.
  15. For future reference I found some at Ferre Mar in SJD Cabo. They're US prices but good quality and made in Canada, without the CARB "anti spill valves". I was quite surprised that they're hard to get here, tons of boats do the Baja bash every year, you'd think there would be plenty of fuel jugs available.