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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. To followup on, Garhauer was able to make a set of these. Thanks Allen.
  2. I'm looking for info about what licenses I need and how to obtain them to charter a 30-40ft sailboat in France or Spain. I would like to do a 4 or 5 day cruise either in the Mediterranean or the English channel. I've owned, raced and cruised several keel boats over 30ft for 10+ years, but don't have a license as it's not required where I sail (Seattle, WA). I did find this: http://www.sailingcertification.net/resource-center/bareboat-chartering-in-europe It says I would need a "bare boat cruising" certificate, which can be turned into a "International Proficiency Certificate" that's accepted in many European countries. Is this a common and accepted method for bare boat charter companies? It also says courses to get the certificate can be challenged. Has anyone tried to do this? Is this difficult to do? .
  3. We were hitting 14s here. Felt like planing, but maybe it was more surfing... I don't know.
  4. I'd get a new 150 and a used symmetric. It seems like used symmetric kites are little easier to come by. Under 15knots, double handing with a symmetric shouldn't be too difficult on 26ft boat and will would probably be easier to race with from a tactical perspective (more forgiving with deeper apparent wind angles). For sail makers in Seattle, Ballard sails have a pretty good reputation. Not sure about ulman sails. A friend with 40.7 who went with them recently did not have the best experience.
  5. Been using these for over a year now in the NW. They don't really have a gator, but I like how they fit. No problems so far. I got them during visit in France. Not sure who sells them in the US. http://www.lizardfootwear.com/en-us/SPIN_16SM-11204.p.html?_col=13882#
  6. Stupidest? Is there a movie about sailing that isn't stupid?
  7. On the lights issue: Per SI: "Safety requirements US Sailing Nearshore, except that any single or double-handed crews must wear a PFD at all times." The US sailing Nearshore requirement: "A boat racing between sunset and sunrise shall carry navigation lights that meet U. S. Coast Guard or applicable government requirements mounted so that they will not be obscured by the sails nor be located below deck level."
  8. Fun race. Interesting wind conditions up until Blakely rock. At first I thought it was crazy that the RC was not going to shorten, but in the end it turned out to be good call as the wind finally filled in. We had a good time and the crew on the rail was able to catch the game on the long tack back to finish. Hearing that boats weren't running nav lights after dark kind of bugged me, especially in commercial shipping traffic.
  9. Looking for a source for these stanchion braces. I've seen similar versions (http://www.suncorstainless.com/stanchion-brace and https://garhauermarine.com/images/product/ST-32.jpg), but none with the big washer and rod that allow you to bolt it thru the deck. Maybe they are custom.
  10. Tigger will be there.
  11. I haven't used the original designed rudder, but the Betts rudder has been working great for us. It has a real articulate, responsive feel to it. I've ramp launched from the trailer many times now and have never had a problem with the keel hoist. The engine hatch is the only other minor issue I've had. It got jammed up a couple races ago. What have other owners done to fix this?
  12. I'm 6'2" and the bensons are tough on the knees when heeled. Maybe I'll add a beer-holder/middle benson thing I thought I remember seeing somebody do here or have Dan K. do something with raptor deck.
  13. Nice - great to hear you are on the right track. PM me if you Want to bounce ideas at all. We've had 8 great seasons with #71 - buoys and distance racing. It's been a great boat. Definitely a fun boat for us too, especially when we get other FT10s out. We've had some fun with Anarchy in the last couple races.
  14. Yep, already been down that road with the previous boat. It helped a little, but I've found that there are so many more priorities in making the boat fast than jumping into new sails. A big one is developing an experienced consistent crew. We've actually won quite a few club races with the current set. The main reason the jib blew up was because we should have been flying the heavy air jib.
  15. Day 2 Round the County 2016: