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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. It is with great sadness that I report "Bumps" Eberwine passed in his sleep this morning, at the age of 91. A true legend of the Southern Chesapeake, his presence at the tiller of "Seas Star" and "Spray" will be missed.
  2. Late to the conversation, but I also am impressed with the Vesper XB8000.
  3. Excellent race all around. Triage was second to finish, and took 3rd in A fleet. We spent the weekend making a few repairs, and she is heading out for the delivery to Newport this afternoon. Sitella looked amazing on the water, and is going to be a weapon. It will be interesting to see how she does this weekend at SBRW.
  4. We are hopeful as well, but the vibe we were getting is that next year is doubtful.
  5. We do use an Iridium Go, and I would have to agree. The unlimited plan is the way to go. And if you are looking for grib downloads, the PredictWind solution is pretty good. The biggest headache with the Go is integration on the laptop. PredictWind is integrated, so it removes that headache.
  6. As of today, the Ocean Race North has been cancelled for this year. Following years look doubtful. Just an update for anyone who might have been interested. Final numbers were three boats: Privateer, Teasing Machine and Triage.
  7. Some of the more popular items on Triage are mini meatloaves that are precooked and frozen, hot pockets, different casserole type dishes, and Dinty Moore over biscuits. Dinty Moore over biscuits on a cold night is fantastic.....
  8. Ive used PW Offshore App with an SSB and SailMail with some success. Does any know if using PredictWind through Iridium Go!, even just downloading Gribs using the PW Offshore App, is race legal? I've been assuming it's not because it requires a subscription. Depends on the race. Some identify that anything subscription based is not permitted. Others indicate that subs are permitted, so long as the data is not boat specific. Where there is a restriction, you can still use PW to pull GFS and CMC gribs, but you cannot use the PWG and PWC gribs.
  9. What didn't you like? Hard to pass up on the unlimited data vs. the phone handsets. Specifically, I would like the ability to connect natively to the Go, without having to use SailMail or OCENS as a go between. Being able to pull race schedules, gribs, etc into Expedition would be a big plus for me. It provides the functionality through a workaround, but I find unnecessary workarounds annoying.
  10. There are lots of sources, but if you are just diving in, I would strongly suggest starting here: http://bermudarace.com/resources/gulf-stream-and-weather/gulf-stream-tutorials/ Specifically, start with the primer: http://bermudarace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/A-Gulf-Stream-Primer2_updated2012_.pdf
  11. We used the OCENS software last year, while connecting over an Iridium Go. I was quite happy with OCENS, but far less happy with the Iridium Go's limitations. As an FYI, OCENS uses the GMN gateway servers. I can't speak to the email servers themselves. Clearly, they are ocens domains, and they route through the xgate gateways, but I don't know the details behind the structure. I imagine Luis could answer that pretty quickly.
  12. The ribbon is one of those quirks I have gotten used to. At this point, I am so used to it, that I don't notice it. Good to hear it was addressed for your daughter. All in all, I have been pretty satisfied with Lenovo.
  13. A bigger screen would always be preferable, but it hasn't been a hindrance either.
  14. We discussed a number of approaches, but wanted to reduce the number of electronics drawing power (display), as well as maintaining the usability of the nav table for storing ship's log, compasses, dividers, parallel rules and all of the other bits and pieces that live there. We don't allow extraneous stuff, but we do use that space. We also store the keyboard and mouse there when not in use, allowing the nav station to also serve as a chart table, as we do not have a separate area for doing so.
  15. We went a different route. We currently use a pair of Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 ultrabooks. One is active, and the second is kept in a waterproof cushioned pouch, stored separately. We made a frame for the Yoga that allows it to be mounted vertically on the bulkhead above the (rear facing) nav station. For interaction, we use a wireless mouse primarily. We have experimented with wired and wireless keyboards, as well as using the vertical keyboard on the laptop itself. So far I prefer the wired keyboard with 3M Command strips to lock it in place on the nav station surface, but the jury is still out on keyboard. For better or for worse, we went the route of commodity level hardware that is easily replaced rather than going with a Toughbook or its equivalent. Our arrangement does not interfere with using the nav station as a chart table, nor does it interfere with opening the nav station for access. On port tack, the nav station does get wet during less than ideal conditions, but the vertical mount on the bulkhead has kept the laptop from getting even a drop over the last 18 months or so, in this configuration.