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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.

Evil Gnome

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    Sailing, soccer, snow skiing and surfing.
  1. They are heaps better still a bit to go so I will muck around in winter and do some more work, well worth doing.
  2. Evil Gnome finished, line honours 12 hours and first on handicap one lap dash, still had things go wrong, tramp came out of the track on one side early on, jib block attachment broke and had to be tied on but that was all. This is the hardest inshore race in Australia and even doing the 12 hour we got battered, rained on, near lightning strikes, wind squalls from the storms and at the start super hot and no wind, we had it all, the 24 hour guys just double that. Half way through the race we had to round a buoy at the southern end of the lake and down there was a nasty storm, so we had to get in quick, get around and get out, then heading north there was a westerly storm over the back of the middle part of the lake, we went east and skirted around the edge of it, there was a lot of lightning over the land but dissipated before it got to us, another moment was when we were going from Speers point to Toronto when one of those low rolling squall clouds came in with near 30 knots of wind with horizontal rain, just as we had to bear off to the mark the squall went down to 12 knots so we headed off for the dark hours where the breeze dropped back a bit so when we came to the 12 hour time we were over near Speers Point and the breeze kicked in up to 20 knots, it was then a solid work back th Wangi, just what you need after 12 hours, so we came in tired, wet and hungry after all you can only eat so many bread and chicken rolls with mayo before you need a change. So on my Raceqs log before the iphone battery died we logged 84 nm in 9.50hours which would average 106 nm in 12 hours roughly, the official point to point distance was 90nm no tacking or jibing angles included, how many tacks and jibes did we do, who knows but there is a lot which makes it very hard and challenging race, three of us are coming back next year number 4 needs some more time. I challenge more multi's next year, come and test yourself. Evil
  3. Bargain!
  4. Did you build your rudders Clive or are they recycled from a cat?Wayne They are the 85 rudders about 200mm shorter, why because the one that broke I added a bit inside the casting so the load point was not on the exit of the casting, i'll get a measurement of their length ewhen the boat gets home, it's having a short holiday in Wangi waiting for next weekends Heaven Can Wait 12 hour race, also did a bearing on the last trip home from wangi, boat stayed together, trailer broke
  5. Evil Gnome is halfway between Mad Hatters long cabin and the short day sailing one, mine is built with E glass and epoxy with carbon where the plans specify.
  6. If the people who bought the plans only knew what they have, they would be building them now. I wonder how many plan sets were sold?
  7. I had an F82r and the difference in the float volumes is larger and for the better , I can drive the F85 floats heaps harder and that is why I went to the float rudders as the main hull comes out of the water more putting more load on the centre rudder, other people would not have a problem with the centre rudder only but I push very hard, floats are easy to build, beams are NOT so easy to build but the mods are really worth it, I'd check with Ian Farrier about your current beams being used myself. Good luck
  8. My boat mast is 12.6 and all up weight fully rigged is 85 kg. I have double spreaders and a top mast stiffener for the masthead spi and backstays as well. The unlimited rig should be called the standard rig as this suits the boat well.
  9. Hi, Truly lovely boats! Truly hope I will get to start building a tri for myself in not too distant future. Two short questions on the rudders Do the rudders simply kick back for folding? And only the motor is used to steer when folded? Many thanks P I only move a short distance in flat water so the motor is ok, but if you had to go further then a temporary small rudder would be necessary, I am thinking of building a small rudder, short tiller and rudder pin all in one to slip into the existing rudder gudgeon on the transom. They will kickup but not yet, I have them bolted together now because I know the area and depths so is not a problem, but what system I am thinking about is like the of the beach cats with a s/s rod that pushes the rudder back and locks in rather than ropes and pulleys, more positive but that is the winter job, time to go sailing while I can. Had a good race yesterday at the Australia Day regatta at Wangi in 8-13 knots, boat went great except for the first spi hoist where someone tied the sheets around the spi and earlier Watty said on the beach "have you ever had your main halyard slip", well not until he mentioned it we hadn't so first work bang and dropped 6 inches and stayed, we will now tie off the halyard, minor issues but thinking now should have a checklist before a major race.
  10. I am a basic sailor as you know, I thought about it, it was two hard so went with what I know. It doesn't seem to slow down much in the tack BUT we will see. Maybe because one rudder is hardly in the water at all the effect might not be as noticeable like a cat with both hulls in the water while tacking?
  11. I know I'm stating the obvious but what a difference float rudders do on the F85, yesterday in breeze of up to 15knts at Wangi after being very anxious whether the rudder system was going to work as hoped the first sail confirmed it, nice light balanced helm, direct response to tiller and just being able to winch the main on and gain height without losing steering was fantastic, there was some lee helm on the downwind but not bad, now I can rake the mast back more as the rudders are more efficient, even though building the system was a pain in the neck and not cheap and there are some getting on and off the trailer issues it was a good move, first race this Thursday in the Australia Day regatta at Wangi, can't wait
  12. That is why I now have TWO rudders on the floats, as you can see from the hull flying photo the F85 floats are so buoyant that the main hull lifts up and the rudder is hardly in the water, putting a lot of load on the one rudder so I arrived at the decision to put two rudders on and will trial them on the boat this Sunday at Wangi. There is so much more potential to discover on this boat starting with steering it, I can't wait.
  13. IT has been a while for this post but the three boats that I know of are well and truly up and racing and finally I have some photos of the Evil Gnome at Wangi, a great boat for a fantastic place
  14. Tie your favourite hat on
  15. I have two rudders now When are you trying them out? Australia Day regatta should be the go