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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. If Master and Commander qualifies, so should Damn the Defiant with Alec Guiness and Dirk Bogarde.
  2. Provincetown is also great. I might confess that one of the gaudiest and tackiest looking tourist-trap seeming restaurants there is one of my favorite places to go for lobster. It looks like it would be an overpriced nightmare; it's not cheap, but the food was really good. It's a fun place. We generally took moorings, not for fear of anchoring, but because the only protected anchorage we could see from the charts was WAY across the harbor and would be no fun at all getting to or from if the wind picked up. So I see you are back in NE. Hope you and family are well. We spent much of last year on a trip to the Bahamas but Kristina is now back in RI. IMHO the best spot in the Vineyard is Lake Tashmoo if you draw 6 ft or less and can get in. It's a 15 minute walk from the dinghy dock into Vineyard Haven. Second best place is Oak Bluffs because it's funky and you can buy booze. Edgartown is ok if you want to experience Nantucket without actually going there. Cuttyhunk is fun once or twice. Not much to do there. Hadley Harbor is a nice anchorage, and if you go up Buzzards Bay, there is another great little anchorage on the North side of Scraggy Neck. The channel winds around, but it's well marked.
  3. I recently had surgery and they glued me together with "dermabond" which is just gorilla glue with a medical name so that it costs alot more. No sutures. My niece, an orthopedic surgeon, told me to keep superglue in all of my first aid kits, especially the ones on my boat. No need to get the medically-branded version, which costs 10 times as much. She said that the risk of infection was a bit higher with glue off the shelf from the hardware store, but still low.
  4. Plan to keep the boat in Turkey, a non-Shengen country. The sailing is great, and a 3-month visa costs 20 euros (there is also a multiple entry visa, but I don't know about those). You can shuttle back and forth between Turkey and a Shengen country (e.g. Greece) every 3 months. You really want to be in the Med, not the Baltic.
  5. Budget? If the liquor business is lucrative, I'd suggest a Morris 34. Lovely boat. 28 feet is too small, even for a couple. Been there, done that.
  6. You said "self-steering." You don't have an autopilot? The hardest thing will be picking up the mooring IMHO. I have my methods for doing this single handed, and I'm sure others do as well.
  7. I'm just finishing a two-week charter out of Marmaris. We'll be returning the boat (a Jeanneau 409) tomorrow. The sailing is fabulous here. There is plenty of wind (the "Meltemmi") and the gusts can be pretty fierce, since the topography is uniformly mountainous. There are literally dozens of beautiful bays to duck into and many have nice restaurants where the dockage is free if you patronize the restaurant. Anchoring is not a problem so long as you have lots of chain and a line to run ashore. It's deep here, and if you can find a spot with less than 10 meters of water you grab it. There are lots of ancient ruins (Greek, Roman, Hellenistic, Ottoman) to visit. Folks are friendly,(most speak at least some English) and the food is excellent. In particular the local beer (Efes) is first rate, there are good local dry red wines and, of course, raki. We didn't see too many other Americans or Canadians, although we did run into one couple from Newport who had their boat (a Swan) shipped to Istanbul ten years ago. They keep it in Marmaris when it's not in use. We have met lots of Brits, Germans and some obnoxious Russians who insisted on anchoring about 15 ft from us but then were forced to more when they couldn't keep their boat from swinging into other boats. I will definitely return here, finances permitting. Even with the airfare it's no more expensive than the Carribean and way more interesting.
  8. Something very mac26 about that boat Nah. Where's the outboard motor?
  9. Similar concept: Allures 45. But there are about a dozen boats that make me dream.
  10. Why does everyone assume that the two hands are spouses and that one is less able to handle the boat than the other?
  11. Don't know much about the racing scene, but the cruising in that area is meh. I was in the Southport area from Labor Day through early December and my boat is currently on the hard at Bennett Brothers, so I'm familiar with Wilmington, Southport and Wrightsville Beach. Except for Charleston (an overnight trip), there aren't many places to cruise. The trip to Wrightsville beach from Wilmington is river sailing, and you have to time the current through Snow's cut. Southport is about 2 1/2 hours down the river from Wilmington by sailboat, assuming you go down the Cape Fear River on the ebb. Having said that, Wilmington is a nice town with some good restaurants, an interesting waterfront, some history and a Trader Joes. We know a couple that live on their boat in downtown Wilmington, and both of them can easily walk to work from the marina.
  12. Here's my Dyer Midget. I bought mine new in 2005. They're still making them customized just how you want them. In my case I used teak for the interior bits, had them put in a sculling notch, and asked them to make a lifting bridle for me. The rig, centerboard and rudder stow easily inside the boat when it's on my foredeck. Call Anna at The Anchorage. Love that shot of the St. Georges School above third beach in Newport. Curm, you might remember that morning Adele and I visited you guys in that boat at that place! Yes, I remember it well.
  13. Here's my Dyer Midget. I bought mine new in 2005. They're still making them customized just how you want them. In my case I used teak for the interior bits, had them put in a sculling notch, and asked them to make a lifting bridle for me. The rig, centerboard and rudder stow easily inside the boat when it's on my foredeck. Call Anna at The Anchorage. Love that shot of the St. Georges School above third beach in Newport.
  14. The Cape Dory 28 is an excellent boat, and so are the Cape Dory 25D and Norsea 27 (a Lyle Hess design). But I don't think they are the kind of boats that bmiller is looking for. For starters, the Norsea is probably out of his price range. The practical solution is probably something like a Catalina 27. The made a zillion of them and at least one has circumnavigated (after being beefed up).