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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.

Jud - s/v Sputnik

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  1. I always admired unicyclists!! :-)
  2. Ha! I once started a thread on bilge storage - a few months ago i discovered seven year old bottle Alaskan Amber Ale tucked away in the far corner of our bilge, purchased somewhere north of Ketchikan! Most of our perishables and beer kept quite cold there. I like your "beaching" feet...reminds me I've got to make some. (We've got small brackets welded to the side of the hull by the rubrail for the the legs. I've got to admit, however, as much as I love the idea of them, I think I'd be a bit chicken to stand the boat up on only two legs!)
  3. Another aspect of this --largely unseen or perhaps unknown yo most people-- is plastic microbead pollution, the invisible plastic shit that toothpaste and cosmetics manufacturers put in their products as a mild abrasive or filler material. Washed down the drain daily by countless millions of people. I recall recently that various US states and maybe Canadian provinces bordering the Great Lakes are planning to ban the use of such microbeads in toothpaste/cosmetics...following on a scientific study that found high concentrations of micro plastics in the lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. General info on microbeads and what products contain them: http://www.beatthemicrobead.org/product-lists/ At home, as a way to avoid microbeads and other incredibly wasteful single-use plastics, we now specifically do not use any mainstream commercial (North American) brands of toothpaste (Colgate, Crest, etc.), opting instead for a local supplier of a baking soda-based toothpaste (and in refillable glass jars), and we use bamboo handle toothbrushes. Small effort, but it all basically starts with consuming way less single-use plastic. Difficult to do in many instances...but it can be done with effort and imagination. Highly worth watching - informative and very entertaining too! The Clean Bin Project. http://www.cleanbinmovie.com/.
  4. As a wannabe sextant navigator, clouds are a non-starter, as I understand it :-)
  5. Whoa - a project boat, a Nicholson 35...for lake sailing?! If you want 30-ish feet and cheap and fun to sail, get an Olson 30. Or the Santana 30 mentioned above. If you don't mind smaller, a Moore 24 (fast enough, and people have raced them to Hawaii...at least one brave soul even venturing around the world in one.) Why in gods name anything like a Camper Nicholson for simple lake sailing?
  6. I like this option way better for a "larger" dinghy on board. 11'6" Phil Bolger nesting (the two halves stow 8' long) sailing dinghy. This guy found it useful for exploring local nooks and crannies while on a circumnavigation, e.g., wknd sailing "expeditions" away from the big boat, while it was anchored/docked. http://www.riverearth.com/seabird/2003_04_01_archive.html
  7. Yes - you are Rejected. Now, fuck off.
  8. Thanks a lot for the detailed info. Yeah, I called a upholstery/furniture cleaning company today, and they referred me to a restoration company, which told me they do ozone treatment for, say, smoke-smell damaged furniture/cushions. They said a "project manager" will phone me back to discuss pricing. As soon as I heard "project manager", i thought to myself: it's going to be expensive! Fortunately, the smell isn't crazy bad (my wife actually doesn't mind it; me, the rough and tough guy, I don't like it!). So. I think I may try hand washing one with Folex to see (a) how well it deals with the smell; and ( how much work it is. Just need some consistently warm sunny days for drying. As it is the cushions are already old, over 20 years old, so may well not be worth the expense of ozone/professional treatment. Re: ozone - yes, it can be very damaging to some materials. Ozone is sometimes created around high voltage wire terminations --via corona discharge (that blue/purple arcing that's sometimes visible-- and it can really damage insulation. Just rent an ozone machine. Don't do it on the boat. The o3 will also corrode electronics. It may take so much ozone that it Rex the foam, makes it brittle and disintegrates the foam. Fabric softener is a surfactant. It lowers the surface tension of water. So that it can penetrate deeper into the material. Thanks - where would one typically rent an ozone machine? And where would you donthebozone treatment (wasn't planning to on boat)? In a separate room, basically sealed off, like a small bathroom?? But you also make it sound possibly destructive to the foam - perhaps not worth it.
  9. Thanks a lot for the detailed info. Yeah, I called a upholstery/furniture cleaning company today, and they referred me to a restoration company, which told me they do ozone treatment for, say, smoke-smell damaged furniture/cushions. They said a "project manager" will phone me back to discuss pricing. As soon as I heard "project manager", i thought to myself: it's going to be expensive! Fortunately, the smell isn't crazy bad (my wife actually doesn't mind it; me, the rough and tough guy, I don't like it!). So. I think I may try hand washing one with Folex to see (1) how well it deals with the smell; and (2) how much work it is. Just need some consistently warm sunny days for drying. As it is the cushions are already old, over 20 years old, so may well not be worth the expense of ozone/professional treatment. Re: ozone - yes, it can be very damaging to some materials. Ozone is sometimes created around high voltage wire terminations --via corona discharge (that blue/purple arcing that's sometimes visible, which ionizes surrounding air, creating ozone)-- and it can really damage insulation.
  10. I left my keel-integral fuel tank open the past few months, after cleaning out fuel tank, and now the boat cushions smell of diesel. I washed the covers - it's the foam that stinks. Has anyone here dealt with removing diesel smell from cushion foam? To be clear, this is not smell from a direct diesel spill on the cushions. I've heard that a professional steam cleaner (carpet/furniture) can deal with such an issue - but I'm curious if anyone here has dealt with this, and what you did (short of replacing cushion foam!)
  11. Best summary of the first 100 days of presidential status anxiety I've read is this Atlantic article. "Trump is a Queens-born billionaire who has spent his life chasing validation from elites who hold him in disdain. With each new benchmark he reaches, he holds out hope that it will finally quiet his chorus of haters. And when he realizes theyre still laughing at him, he acts out. Consider, now, what Trump is likely seeing these days when he turns on his TV..." https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/trump-milestones/524424/ Predictably, Trump made numerous totally ridiculous promises while on the campaign trail anout his first 100 days (obliterate ISIS, etc. etc.). And now, of course, lambasts the 100 day benchmark as ridiculous and artificial. And, predictably, craving validation, the White House has now released a bombastic press release claiming Trump has done more/signed more etc legislation than FDR, Truman, JFK, etc. (Link in the article).
  12. Does anyone use a hose assembly to be able to bypass propane solenoid in the event of failure - I.e., propane sniffer failure? (Obviously, if solenoid valve fails, replace it.) My propane control system has two sniffers - years ago, I put one above bilge and the other below stove/oven. I need to test them with a butane lighter. If gas is detected, alarm sounds and the valve automatically closes and cannot be re-opened until sniffer doesn't detect anymore gas. But I'm wondering if sniffer failure might also prevent solenoid opening? (Especially sniffer near binge.). Also, I think batts at low voltage also sends system into alarm (I recall it beeping loudly in past when batts were low, but can't remember if it disabled solenoid valve opening). So - am thinking it would be useful to have a short hose assembly onboard to be able to by pass solenoid valve to allow cooking in the event of propane control system issues. Or am I overthinking this? I somehow hadn't realized there was a possibility of stove being disabled in the event of (1) propane sniffer glitch or (2) low voltage. Imagine no hot coffee/tea in the morning :-)
  13. Me too. Here's my "one day" northern goal: Lancaster Sound, supposed to be one of the places with the most prolific marine mammal and bird wildlife in the world. Appparently it's incredible in spring/early summer when daylight hours are 20 hours or so and there is a mass profusion of feeding animals, from narwhale and beluga, to thousands of birds and seals, many of which animals migrate across Davis Strait to feed. Wow! http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/north/wwf-interactive-map-lancaster-sound-1.3577249 But I'd better get back to work on the boat now :-)
  14. Yoh Aoki in S/V Ahoudori (Crazy Bird) rounded the Horn in his homebuilt 21 foot 3/8" plywood boat. Safe length? Dunno - probably was all he could afford at the age of 22... His story: http://www.zenboat.jp/histry/47/
  15. Trump clearly says whatever comes to his mind, or whatever he thinks people want to hear. I don't think he knows or cares much at all about crime in cities, but it sounds good to talk about it. His recent interview with the AP made that clear: "People don't go around asking about NATO if I'm building a building in Manhattan, right? So they asked me, Wolf asked me about NATO, and I said two things. NATO's obsolete not knowing much about NATO, now I know a lot about NATO NATO is obsolete, and I said, "And the reason it's obsolete is because of the fact they don't focus on terrorism." You know, back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism."https://www.google.ca/amp/www.vox.com/platform/amp/policy-and-politics/2017/4/24/15405870/5-bizarre-moments-trump-associated-press He said NATO was "obsolete" because he didn't have a clue, and it's a provocative thing to say. He said he'd eradicate crime because he hasn't a clue, but it sounds good to say that.