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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. One or two things not mentioned yet. I'm an NP and been there, done that with Nursing education, 8 years worth. Look at BSN program's NCLEX pass rates. Not worth looking if the school isn't passing a high percentage of grads. Look at clinical time offered. A lot of new RNs meet their first employers when they do their clinical hours, and health care facilities often scout employees by offering "student nurse" jobs that are 1/2 way between CNA and RN in scope of practice. More clinical availability, more opportunity. As far as this: ".....she's looking at being a nurse practitioner. Which means a couple extra years which also means the potential for a second school to choose At some point....." Shouldn't even be a consideration. Most (not all, and not for every student) grad programs require some minimum amount of time working as an RN before the MSN/DNP matriculation, my school was two years. Which makes the first time pass NCLEX and availability of clinical experiences even more valuable. Association with a teaching hospital is probably the best you could look for. Nursing is a great way profession, but of all the potential college majors the "where" you go has the least impact because RN students spend comparatively very little time on campus after the first year or two.
  2. Any insight? Why would Navy have punted away on 4th with so little time remaining and only 1 TO? Bummer from a squid's perspective.
  3. As already noted, that sextant is a Freiberger, the more expensive model and quite nice to use once you get used to it. Bowditch has an extensive description on sextant adjustment, my 1984 ed. vol. 1 (from my time as Navigator) has it on pp. 424-429. Nice instrument.
  4. Our 17 year old fiberglass boat has only been out of the salt water 4 times, and in the past ten years only out for a week at the times we hauled to sand and paint. It's probably gained a bit of water weight but no blisters to speak of. I think the value of keeping it in the water and avoiding lift and storage damage beats any issues, and gives us longer boating seasons to boot. Only worry I ever had was freezing, but two winters ago we had six inches of ice around the boat, enough to walk on, and the only damage was a bit of scraped bottom paint at the water line. As for fresh water, seems like fiberglass water tanks handle it fine, but there may be an osmotic difference between fresh and salt...best for a chemist to answer.
  5. Spot on re the Steiners. We've a pair of 6x30s from about that long ago, only had to replace the lens caps and eye cups and Steiner provided for nothing. Nice 7x50 here for $299, can't vouch for the vendor: http://www.sportoptics.com/steiner-marine-binoculars.aspx
  6. Not only that, tipping isn't customary or expected. So yeah, that burger in a restaurant might cost $14. But when you factor out a 20% tip and a 6-8% local tax, it's more like $11.25 or so. Then when you consider that's in Kiwibucks, that burger is more like $8.50 or so USD, which is closer to the price you see in a Chili's back stateside. Which is pretty reasonable, unless they sneak beets onto it. Or Pour Judgment at $9.50 burger and beer with fries. Prev poster left out Scratch, Mission, Franklin Spa (ok not on Broadway), Rosemary & Thyme (ditto) for those of us in town with less wallet displacement than the Newport Shipyard yacht owners. Course Newport ain't the best place in the world with winter coming on, at least till Frostbiting starts.
  7. Join the military. With a degree you're an officer. After four years your salary essentially doubles considering all the allowances, promotion pay raises, and 4 yos. Some shitty jobs in the military might even come with loan forgiveness (as much as it pains me to see fools that accrue $200k in loans get off like this...it's the deal that's at least more honorable than bankruptcy.) If the spouse is staying home anyway with the high cost of child care, it's even easier. And no more health insurance bills, moving bills, costs go way down. Otherwise suck it up and start paying it off. Too many stupid decisions to drop his debt on other's backs.
  8. Google up "Maker Lab" and you may find a place to do the job. Around here there's one by the local alt high school that's got the equipment to make up that piece. Seems a popular thing lately, even the public library now has a 3d printer.
  9. +1 this is it.
  10. Topping lift to take the strain off the leech? Works on our big catboat with single line first reef. Top up, ease the halyards, pull the reefing line, take up the halyards. Tie the pendants at your leisure.
  11. +1. Up to Ronstan today with the keiki's broken watch. Long tour in high school and now college sailing. Only question was: "What color do you want?" Ronstan stands behind the stuff it sells.
  12. Fresh gas? Our 3.5 Merc four stroke is real sensitive to the ethanol spiked gas and sometimes coughs up similar symptoms. Idles fine but dies when you give it throttle. Never happens with fresh gas. Only thing I've figured is that watery fuel settles to the bottom of the internal tank.
  13. Step by step from another forum. Works a treat, but get the recommended tube as the valve stem fits well. Hot glue gunned the valve stem in the existing hole. http://sailingforums.com/threads/diy-easy-seitech-dolly-tire-repair-inner-tube-insert.17390/
  14. Yes it is a bad thing actually. I know a few kids who were handed the world on a platter and continue to act like entitled adolescents into middle age,doing fuck all with their lives. At which point it has ceased to be cute. To paraphrase George Clooney in The Descendants, "You give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing..."
  15. Now who can argue with that? I think we're all indebted to Gabby Johnson sabray for clearly stating what needed to be said. Not only was it authentic frontier gibberish, it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age.