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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.

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  1. Get with WD Schock and see if they've sold a boat to someone up your way where your mast thats down here could tag along?
  2. Its funny, but as someone who sails a Finn? Y'all talk about $9k being a lot for a brand new boat? For those of us in Finns, thats a gift! For us, even a good used boat is $8k-$12k. I'm not even sure any more what a new boat costs, but I'll bet its $25k all up and shipped over.
  3. I check my balls constantly..... hey, nobody else is bending over backwards to feel 'em up!
  4. Precisely! All of a sudden, they're speckly looking.
  5. I think thats the precise medicine my traveler car and traveler bar needs.... lots of soapy water, followed by one hell of a rinse!
  6. I use one drop, but be very careful only to use a tiny bit, or indeed, the balls skid. Any more, I just use lot of water to rinse everything out.
  7. Harken says lots of soap water sprayed into the slots where the balls are visible, and to also wash down the traveler bar. Worth car back and forth , then flush out everything with lots of water. I do travel with a top cover on. Car runs fine, so I'm pretty sure it just needs a good cleaning. I normally rinse off the traveler as part of the boat wash down after sailing, but next time, I'll give the bar and the car some good, old fashioned love. Oh, and thanks for a real reply, vs. the bullshit replies above.
  8. Harken says to take a squirt bottle with some very soapy water, spray into the front and rear races grooves where the balls are visible, and work the car back and forth like crazy. I'll use the same soapy water to wash down the track, and then rinse everything by flushing with lots of water. What is TriFlow?
  9. In speaking with Harken, they're recommendation is a spray bottle of soapy water, squirt into the races both front and back, work the hell out of it, and then blast it all clean with good, fresh water. I normally do hose off my traveler, but I guess next time, it'll get some extra special attention. Problem is, I can't just soak the car, because getting off the track is a major bitch! They're delrin.
  10. There's nothing that looks out of the ordinary, though I'll look again. Traveler runs smooth..... Harken says to just spray some soapy water in there and flush with fresh water. Its just wierd that they've turned speckley gray, not something I've ever run into before..
  11. Small boat Ronstan traveler on a Finn, have always had white ball bearings. Torlon? Can't recall. In any event, after racing this weekend and was putting the boat away, I noticed that my ball bearings were a speckled grey, vs. their usual white. They're all rinsed out, I hit 'em with one-drop, but they're grey with little black speckles. Any idea what might be going on? Traveler car works just fine, its just that my balls are now grey!
  12. I guess my fault for the original opening phrase about my balls, because I really was looking for advise on my traveler car, before everything started to spiral down hill.
  13. Only if they've always been white.
  14. It was a sandy beach that we were launching off of, though I've launched there plenty in the past. How do I weighten 'em back up? Just a matter of usage and time?
  15. Small boat Ronstan traveler on a Finn, have always had white ball bearings. Torlon? Can't recall. In any event, after racing this weekend and was putting the boat away, I noticed that my ball bearings were a speckled grey, vs. their usual white. They're all rinsed out, I hit 'em with one-drop, but they're grey with little black speckles. Any idea what might be going on? Traveler car works just fine, its just that my balls are now grey!