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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 it were my boat, I'd do this: http://trogear.com/ I don't want lines running everywhere.
  2. Did you used to have a Tartan 10? Umm, yeeaah...
  3. Open 50 Rule general purpose centrifugal pumps. I have 4, one for each tank. A scoop feeds two pumps individually switched depending on which tank I want to fill. Pretty cool actually: "Oh, I'm starting to heel a little too much, let me push this button." Feels like I'm driving a Mercedes or something.
  4. Hi Roleur, Solo is right about PHRF suffocating innovation - will never pay. BUT, water ballast is the bees knees. When the breeze come up, I just pump up the windward tank to maintain heel angle. It comes up more, I pump up the aft windward tank. Boat settles down and trucks upwind through any chop. Feels luxurious, especially as I age! Only then do I start reefing. Same for reaching angles as well. While I haven't been out in a gale or storm yet, I assume the boat would settle down considerably if I fill all the tanks. My boat has a really nice 3 scoop setup that works well. Two 2" scoops aft feeding large pumps, cross-connected so the leeward scoop/pump feeds the windward tank. That way the scoop is always drawing. My tanks are port-starboard connected through 4" gate valves manually operated. To tack, open the windward and leeward sides & let the water flow to leeward, then close the gate valves. Mine are the same as are on Comanche, apparently. Sight tubes on the tanks tell you when full or empty. I've short tacked through a harbor with this setup as the water transfers in maybe 60 seconds. 2" vent hoses, one on each tank on the deck, tied aft onto the lower lifelines. Only downside is the water "spits" out the windward side vent, but I'll set up a baffle to settle that. The 3rd scoop is a little larger at 3", a bit aft of the keel. This scoop is larger as it can fill the tanks to leeward using water pressure, and I spin the opening around aft to dump the tanks. While my scoops were custom made of stainless, the link Leo provided is the standard that I think all the boats are using. So while I won't win any races on corrected, I cruise around fast and comfortably, loving the ride.
  5. It would appear the Vendee Globe allows Class B AIS units. From the 2016 Vendee Globe OSR Cat 0 Exemptions, NOR Appendix 8: OSR 3.29.12) is amended as follows : A class B AIS transponder is authorised subject to the following elements : - The antenna must be on the masthead. - The installation of the AIS must be checked by an organisation that is recognised for its expertise in the installation of this type of equipment (certified organisation or an approved installer). This organisation shall check : - The cable and the antenna must have the same impedance - The TOSS must not be lower than 40% - These elements must be certified for compliance by this organisation - The certificate of installation compliance dating no further back than one year must be submitted to the chief measurer in order to obtain the IMOCA Certificate. They also require a VHF Radio masthead antenna. Therefore any Class B installation would require a splitter, something I'm not comfortable with.
  6. I learned the hard way about the risks of home-brew carbon rudders: Zimaz Then there is the story of Uncontrollable Urge. With Aluminum or stainless, you know what you have. The strength is known and understood. With a laminate, you don't really know unless you test to failure and then you don't have the part. If the layup isn't perfectly uniform, progressive failure can occur as one or a few fibers take the load first & they keep snapping until total failure.
  7. Thanks Sy. Yes - here in the US, my impression is the USCG may want to move away from the Class B/CS TDMA standard as there can be interference with other Class B/CS units & the signal will not go through. I think interference means incredibly crowded harbor areas. Also, many folks have splitters, high loss cables, lousy soldering jobs so a few more watts may push through all that. Anyway, no Class B/SO units available for now. I've decided to go Class A. Just too critical for singlehanding.
  8. Who said I wasn't going to go over 14 knots? Polars I've been given show 14 knots and up only when the wind is 20+ and angles are off the wind.
  9. Thank you gentlemen. Stumble, yes I should have more time that I was thinking with the way the alarming should work. Concerning legality of using a Class A transponder on a non-commercial vessel in U.S. waters: From the USCG AIS FAQ at http://www.navcen.us...ageName=AISFAQ: 4. Do AIS Class B devices meet current USCG AIS carriage requirements? What are the differences between AIS Class A devices and Class B devices?? Yes, a small segment of mandatory AIS users (see 33 CFR § 164.46((2)) can use a Coast Guard type-approved AIS Class B device in lieu of a Class A device—AIS Class A vs B comparison. Note, U.S. AIS carriage requirements can only be met by USCG type-approved equipment which displays a USCG 165.155/156 Approval Number. A listing of all USCG type-approved equipment can be found at the Coast Guard Maritime Information Exchange (CGMIX) [EQList Search, Select: Approval Series Name--Shipborne AIS]. Voluntary AIS users may avail themselves of either a AIS Class A or B device, but, such device must be FCC certified for its use in the United States. For a listing of FCC certified AIS equipment use the FCC OET Equipment Authorization Search Form [select: Equipment Class--AIS). The way the A vs. B rules are written, it sounds like if you go faster than 14 knots, they want you to have a Class A. I don't think I'll be spending much time that fast, but then I'm still learning the boat... Wondering if this is one of those things if I get a Class B, I'll always be thinking...I wish I had a Class A? Or maybe not. I hear there's not much traffic down South anywayz.
  10. Some weekend pondering...looking for input from the smart guys that lurk around here.... Scenario: Fitting out a singlehanded Open 50 on the open ocean, no AIS of any kind currently onboard. When out of traffic areas, my pattern is to set the timer for 60 minutes between checks, unless my 6th sense wakes me when something changes. First thought was the Vesper 850 due to low power, reliability & alarming. Then noticed Class A transceivers have come down a little in price. Key driver for even considering a Class A is the position update frequency: Class B: Fixed, every 30 s Class A: Dynamic, every 2 s >23 knots, 3.33 s @ > 5 degree course change, 6 s @ 14-23knots, 10 s@ 2-14 knots My understanding is the Class B effect of this is the Ship's radar (if the Open 50 is picked up) shows a real time position and the AIS position "jumps" every 30 seconds, which could be important to the ship if I change course. So let's do some math: ship closing at 20 knots + Open 50 at 14 knots = 34 knots closing speed. If the AIS alarm goes off at 5 miles, that gives me 8.8 minutes to respond, enough time to suit up & clip in if needed. If Class A to B update difference is 24 seconds, that's 1/4 nm. If the signal isn't received the first pass (heeling, weather) the distance doubles, but still nowhere near catastrophe. This seems to suggest Class B provides sufficient capabilities. For the HAM Expert Class guys, Class A also provides 12.5 watts of output, vs. 2 watts for Class B. While I understand power has little to do with range, seems like it would help drive a reliable signal in bad weather or when heeled over? Other differences include a more complex installation (true heading?) for the Class A and needing to enter trip information. Noticed ISAF Cat 0 Regs include a Class A transponder, and yes planning to spend some time in the Southern Ocean. Just trying to be sure for a critical application. I can't help but feel like the extra $1,000 for the Class A is worth a little insurance, although power consumption is quite a bit higher. This is all in addition to a radar guard alarm, which also needs to be sorted out. Any thoughts here appreciated.
  11. When I was in the market, I asked myself how many times in my life do I want to buy binoculars? This seemed to be the answer: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/206782-USA/Fujinon_7107507_7x50_FMTR_SX_Polaris_Binocular.html Heavy, but a joy to use. Oddly bright. I got the pair with the compass thinking at least it would be a backup. But to do it over, I'd pass on the compass as my Vion hockey puck is better for bearings. No experience with the high end Steiners, so I can't compare.
  12. Old question, but with some new hope for the 2020 edition: Tania Elias Calles (wiki) is doing some VG training in the summer. SF to Hawaii, solo, Laser Radial. Yes. Laser. Then BWR, then VG. At least that is the idea. Interesting number mentioned in this context: Required budget for boat and campaign: US$3-6 million. So no back of the fleet effort. Forgive me, but I'm struggling to connect the dots: if I sail a Laser to Hawaii, someone will give me $3-6 million to campaign an IMOCA 60 through the Southern Ocean?
  13. I run the Time Zero app by Nobeltec on my iPad with a LifeProof case. The interface is nothing short of amazing, if you prefer raster charts (I do). Makes Navionics & Plan2Nav apps look like children's toys. You can dump the Galaxy Tab and pick up a used iPad here: glyde.com
  14. A guy here in SoCal used to singlehand one. PM me & I'll get you his contact info.
  15. This is most unwelcome. I'm supposed to make a Halifax to FL run starting Saturday.