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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. Yep. Odd stuff, the guy is fairly successful but really doesn't get out much beyond the circle of Hollywood sycophants and alt-right illiterati. Doesn't travel, doesn't get involved in any kind of civic projects, no hobbies... and yet he thinks he's smart enough to completely re-invent the wheel, the steam engine, electricity, and the telephone... probably sharks with frikkin' laser beams too... A couple of his partners were on the show, explaining how smart he is: "He reads deep books" followed up with a long list of philosophy explained for the layperson, not even a serious Cliff Notes type book. "He knows a lot of history" followed up with the historical fiction movies he likes to watch. Not impressive. For any President other than Trump, and without having sucked up to some deep-pockets Republican donors, he would be a fringe whacko. I could be wrong, he could be really really smart. We'll see. Results so far have not been positive. -DSK
  2. Hmm, maybe that's why so many white people are pissed off about removing them. So, you're saying that we don't know what the intentions of the people who put up the Confederate statues intended in the first place? Nor do I agree that removing the symbolism does nothing. It removes the symbol, thus removing the lesson (you spoke of "learned behavior" in post 177). You are contradicting yourself several times over here. Frankly, as I've said earlier, I think there is a heck of lot more that is honorable in the South and it's history than the Confederacy. To the South's credit, a part of the story that is not often told is that the hard-core nigger-haters and the aristocrats had a tough time getting the South to secede and start the war. It was voted down in most Southern states including Virginia. Meanwhile Robert E. Lee would certainly be disgusted with his racist hagiography. He did not own a single slave, felt it was wrong, and was extremely reluctant to accept a Confederate commission. -DSK
  3. Good write-up... thanks for the info At this price I am kinda tempted! FB- Doug
  4. It's all about the politics of feelings. As a Trump supporter, you should understand that better than most. Zackly. And do statues, monuments, convey anything about attitudes, or do they teach any behavior? Confederate idols teach us something. They teach black people something. What do you suppose a black person learns from the fact that his city or county or state spends a large amount of -his- tax money on memorializing & idolizing a person who fought to keep his gr'grandfathers as slaves? Perhaps something along the lines of "you better not make waves, boy"? The problem, from the point of view of many whites, is that it seems to be having the opposite effect lately. -DSK
  5. I'm glad I live a long ways from you. When you say things like "My position" and "reality" you are seriously courting a lightning strike -DSK
  6. West System is great stuff. I have taken to using MAS or System3 epoxies as they are just as good and 10~15% cheaper. Still using the West System fillers which do all sorts of amazing things. For the cracks, you can start by squeegeeing resin into the crack to hold & seal it; then when you decide to really do a good job (over the winter hen you can't sail anyway) you can grind out the crack, peel off the gelcoat for an inch or two all around, lay in the right filler plus a little surface cloth to bring back some strength, and refinish any way you like. There are so many good ways to do this that I'd seriously recommend just puttering around and learning how you like to approach these things and just how perfect a result will satisfy you. The bottom is not a big problem unless you are trying to win races in light air. You need a decent motor, and moneywise I'd put a priority on the sails before the bottom (although the bottom is cheaper). If you're going to put on a racing bottom then you need to peel, fill & longboard, template the foils, etc etc; then put on the barrier coat. Yep the quest for perfection can take a big chunk out of both your budget and your life! That Ericson is a seriously nice little boat, though. You done good! FB- Doug
  7. Most of them won't EVER learn. There was no logical reason for them to vote Trump and no occurence or fact will change their minds. You watch: President Trump's support will never (never ever) drop below 25% and probably won't drop below 30%. Most of his supporters love the fact that he pisses off liberals, and other than that, they don't have a clue what is happening. If they notice anything going worse in their lives, they blame liberals & minorities. If they get fucked over by the gummint, then they just hate the gummint more than they already do... and they -know- Trump hates the gummint too! The new budget plan is a sad, grammar-school level, joke. -DSK
  8. +100 Totally agree. Well, before that we had 8 years of Republican foreign policy, some of which worked out OK and some which... well, let's just say it worked out not so well. I don't think many Republicans appreciate the irony of Boehner/Ryan/McConnel declaring how their interfering with Obama's attempts to clean up the Bush/Cheney messes were "weak on terrorism". Now, we seem to be returning the pre-Buch/Cheney doctrine that the Republicans never met a militaristic dictator they didn't like. And nowadays we don't have the excuse that they help us fight Communism. -DSK
  9. +1 PB Time is your greatest asset and you seem to be getting a pretty decent rate of return. -DSK
  10. Wow. Fighting the helm is only going to drive the bow underwater in that photo. Rail meat won't be very effective at that heel angle either. What happened just after that photo was taken? Ease sheets. Actually, it doesn't look like that much fuss around the rudder to me. The stern wave is peaking just forward of the rudder post, I'd bet the boat is not moving as fast as it looks... and making plenty of leeway... but there's no big suction area above the rudder blade or big swirl off the trailing edge. FB- Doug
  11. +3 on epoxy. For one thing it's a lot easier to mix and you're less likely to end up with a brittle or foamy mass with no strength. Priorities- do you want to fix the boat up to be perfect, or do you want to sail? You don't need a Loos gage, you need a new stay. Replace all the standing rigging? Yeah that would be ideal but unless you are going to really cram the boat thru some hard conditions (which I would recommend against, to anyone with a new-to-them boat), you don't need it. Barrier coat? I'm not sure I'd ever worry about that on a 1970s boat unless I was going to do long-term cruising in the tropics, and had extra cash jingling in the pockets. Front of keel / centerboard looks pretty good. There may be an old guy at Dwyer that knows exactly what you need. Call 'em and ask, if you end up talking to somebody who just wants to sell you something quick then don't bite. FB- Doug
  12. And Trump's hair is from Tlielax? -DSK
  13. And it's got... orange! ORANGE is the new FAST! But seriously, has anybody sailed one of these? It doesn't look all that good to me, but I'm curious FB- Doug
  14. Follow the non-Fox news much? There have been a bunch of cases in a bunch of states. It pretty closely parallels the "voter fraud" issue. Republicans who have been able to work "the system" of election boards have either passed laws and/or closed polling places that prevent minorities & other likely Democratic constituencies from voting. It was a fairly big factor in Wisconsin, for example. And here in North Carolina, the segregationist Republicans in the State House have been slapped down by the conservative-leaning US Supreme Court over specifically targeting black voters, twice. Against the conservative agenda? You can go point by point if you like. Making abortion illegal (like in the good old days)? Giving the wealthiest 2% massive tax breaks? Freeing up those pesky gov't regulations that prevent businesses from dumping poison in the air and water? Making the oil & coal business more profitable? Freeing up those pesky gov't regulations that force businesses to give a fig about their employees safety? I could go on, but you've probably gotten the message by now, if you're going to at all. -DSK
  15. It's worse than you think. From the "Craigslist Finds" thread you can see, most of the dinghies offered for sale in the US (outside of one-design class circles) are junk. Overgrown by weeds in the backyard, half the fittings missing, sails & line shot, trailer at best will be a motorboat trailer. If the OP wants to SAIL he will need to buy a one-design boat, the question is can he find one that isn't too far away or too expensive, as well as fitting his physical criteria? I'd suggest the Buccaneer 18 but it's all too likely he would end up with a junker. They made somewhere approaching ten thousand of these boats (and they are good ones) but only a couple thousand are currently in sailing condition (and those are mostly being actively raced). FB- Doug