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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. I don't think the t-track on the rail is just plain t-track. I'm pretty sure it is t-rail. http://www.rigrite.com/Hardware/Toerail/T-Rail.php
  2. San Juan 21 The one in Altoona looks worth the drive at 650. https://southbend.craigslist.org/boa/d/san-juan/6202058080.html https://grandrapids.craigslist.org/boa/d/sailboat/6210640412.html https://altoona.craigslist.org/boa/d/san-juan-sailboat-with/6213228273.html
  3. I like the looks and layout of the Hanse 455. No idea how it sails. Yachtworld has a shoal draft version for sale in Texas. http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2016/Hanse-455-3073472/Kemah/TX/United-States#.WWp0WU1TFaQ
  4. Gbk- talk to Pete hunter in kdh about these boats. Raced one for a while. Now has wai rere.
  5. A cheap power supply for I devices. I have several, and am impressed. https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=108&cp_id=10831&cs_id=1083110&p_id=14575&seq=1&format=2
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Timex-Ironman-16-20mm-Replacement-Watchband/dp/B003OPZ5NK If one pin is knocked free the other retains the watch.
  7. A word of caution for folks thinking to try any of the glues. I was an ED nurse for a long time. We saw a lot of folks for glue-type injuries to the eye. They suck. If you are trying to glue something around your eye socket, like your forehead, nose, cheek, etc, plan ahead. Try to be prepared for additional glue being expelled from the container so there is no danger of it falling into your eye via gravity. IE, don't close a forehead lac while standing in front of a mirror. Lie down and have someone else do it. Make a dam with tape, cloth, anything. Several years ago on vacation my wife was looking for some bugspray. My daughter, trying to be helpful, ran to the 3 floor balcony of our rental house and got some for her. Incoming! My wife looked up just in time to catch the can at the hairline. Nice little crescent shaped lac about 1.5cm. Kept some superglue on the boat for fixing luff tape bits, and after some ice for swelling it was all fixed. Daily sunblock on a stick for a year and you can't even tell it was there.
  8. Yup, that's another doozy, but we were doing NCYRA off Beaufort that year. (1998?) That one had me questioning whether I wanted to do this sailing stuff anymore, being a new father and all. The awesome sail back to Washington the next day reset my priorities. I have sailed many thousands of miles since then, but that was still the worst I've ever seen.
  9. If you look at the video from on board it, there's some fine quality yelling It's on their facebook page. Link for the lazy?
  10. I was young and stupider, with a wife that largely trusts me. We bought a boat that had been a racer, but had languished for a while. Only the second owner, it was a 17yr old boat at the time. It was our first extravagance after 4 years of marriage and the sacrifices one makes to keep their head above the water. We looked at our boat,which is a Lindenberg 26 and a Tanzer 22. The broker, now a great friend, took me by the arm and said, "you want this one!". We sailed it often for 6 weeks until the fellow that runs the marine store said, "Greg, you really oughta race that boat to Ocracoke this weekend!" Well, OK, if you think I can do it?... We left on a Friday to the rendezvous area, where historically a large raft up party was held, sponsored by a Raleigh-area liquor distributor. What could go wrong with that? Just me and my wife as crew. Not confident in close in maneuvering, we anchored near the raft up. Swam over, drank some paint-remover, and swam back, right through a hundred yards of jellyfish. Awake to the sound of starting cannons, we ran around and followed the other boats. After about an hour the wind fell out completely, and we were soon being passed by crabs. We drank all of the fluids on the boat, including the warm Busch Lite, the Capri Sun juice bags, and both waters. Finally the breeze fills and we can still see some of the boats in front of us, and we persevere across the sound. My wife learned that seasickness does not abate with age, and I learned to not be downwind when she dumps the bucket as she's puking on the rail. We arrive in Ocracoke at dusk, assisted into our slip by a preppy dude stepping off a 48' DCMY. "You look like you could use a beer!" That Icehouse bottle beer (haven't had one since) was the best damn beer my wife or I have ever had. We made it to the party to meet the cleaners, and one of the club officers said, "here's your trophy". 4th place, non spinnaker. Of the many trophies that we have one in the interceding years, that's the one my wife allows to remain displayed. Back then there was a USCG station at Ocracoke. Leaving the Island and motoring out the 6 mile channel into the sound, our motor starting running rough. We had 2 6-gallon OMC metal tanks. I figured one was getting low, so I switched to the other. Motor still running very poorly, so I start pumping the bulb, thinking it wasn't getting fuel. My wife says, Oh, No... and I look back to see the slick of gasoline I have been pumping out of the fuel line from where it has pulled off the fitting at the motor. I can follow the trail right to the USCG boat following us. They took pity on us. Lost in my relief after this episode is that we probably now don't have enough fuel to make it all the way home. I realize this at about the farthest point from any land in the middle of the sound. So I call the boat passing us to see if they can spare any fuel. They patiently explained that their diesel would not help us. So, up the sails go and we hope for breeze. Hey, hon, let's head for those big tall dark clouds over there. Soon there is plenty of wind. Like straight line squall wind. My wife (smarter than me) refuses to go up to bow and get the headsail down, but is able to pull most of it in through the forward hatch. It has now become a big funnel for rain and spray. She comes out and puts two life jackets on me, and goes below, to bail and puke again. The wind abates somewhat and we see that we are up in the river and nearing home. Fuel tanks almost bone dry. The RC boat, and old wooden Chris Craft has anchored and is now getting under way. We ask if they have any gas to spare, and they have a 2 gallon tank. I head at the boat at a not very oblique angle and throw the transom right into their topsides, breaking a plank. As we enter the creek, tie up the boat, and hit the head, the sun comes out with that particularly beautiful, low angle through mist thing it does, and we were hooked. We didn't think about all the things we messed up, how bad it could have been, how unprepared we were- we were full of a sense of accomplishment and pride. We asked about racing, had a couple of experienced people come aboard and learned well from them. We have continued to learn, and sailing will always be a large part of my life.
  11. This is terrible. http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms/search/document.cfm?docID=447547&docketID=58116&mkey=92109
  12. My bad, not in a tube in this iteration, but here is the thread. http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=136411
  13. There was a thread a while back about a couple that built a big Farr for cruising. They had a solution that entailed a tube from the bow to a central location in the boat that allowed the chain and rode to live centrally. I believe the winch was even centrally located. I know your deck and bulkheads are already in, but it has always struck me as a neat option. More central weight, no pulling rode across v-berth cushions, and possible retention of the bow jacuzzi!
  14. I bought from http://www.globaltecheng.com/ It will be truck shipped in 20' lengths so having a commercial address is a big plus. I got together with some other folks in the area that needed some tubing and it was dirt cheap.
  15. Good question. Doyle built the sail that way as the very concave aft surface of my mast was chewing up the others. It's a first generation B&R rig. Also, the shorter length stainless bail plastic slides seem to bind more easily than these.