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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. Edson never made folding wheels. Lewmar does. What matters with a wind and steering system is the side loads placed on the end of the pedestal's wheel shaft. Edson recommends using a pedestal with two aft bearings to support these loads.
  2. Retrofitting a carbon or composite wheel requires that you pay attention to a myriad of dimensions and sizing. Starting with the wheel hub. Not all wheel shafts are machined equally and can vary greatly from company to company, model to model even within the same brand of steerer. Not only do you need to mate the wheel shaft taper, depth, and keyway dimension to that of the wheel hub, you will also need to consider if the wheel hub is offset or centered fore and aft on the shaft taper. If your wheel is large enough to require that it sits in a well in the deck, check the width of the deck well and see if the rim will fit easily in the well. If the old wheel is dished or has a rim that is offset aft from the hub, make sure it will align on the new wheel. Trying to enlarge the width of a deck's wheel well is neither cheap or easy and will significantly increase the cost of changing to a carbon wheel or wheels.
  3. While a standard class 1 double braid splice will "hold", it doesn't retain the strength of the rope at the splice the same way the core to core splice does. Use a Class 2 splice for VPC or any other core dependent high modulus fiber ropes.
  4. Unless you plan to tension your lifelines piano wire tight, you're wasting your money buying heat set Dyneema line. Creep will not be a factor and as long as you plan to use a form of tensioning device or lashings, constructional elongation can be adjusted after the rope takes an initial set. The NER stuff designed for being used as lifeline is really the hot set up..
  5. Not sure why, but the app kept glitching and freezing throughout Saturday and Sunday. Usually I can stream Apple TV, Netflix, and crap loads of data all why my kid is playing on his XBOX with no problem using the latest and greatest Comcast web service, but the app kept citing "poor connection" while the screen froze every 30 seconds (or every close mark rounding). Me thinks the issue isn't the connection or my data capacity and rate, but is somehow a function of server capacity for the video feed for the app. Whenever the racing was over and a fluff filler piece was featured, the app ran fine. As soon as the racing began, I kept needing to hit the pause and play whenever the screen would freeze (literally every 30 seconds). Absolutely useless when it happened right as Oracle was heading out of bounds: Screen freezes with Oracle in 3rd rounding the first mark. Unfreezes with Oracle rounding the 4th mark in LAST place 2 minutes later. No replay, no explanation. Me wondering, "WTF just happened??" Anyone else experience this cluster f*** of frustration after paying for the app? grumble grouse...grrrrr..
  6. Yesterday the head of the 2024 Boston Olympic bid met the press at Fort Tabor in New Bedford along with Mayor John Mitchell and other community leaders to announce the selection of New Bedford and Buzzards Bay as the proposed sailing venue for the 2024 Olympics should Boston be awarded the Games. The location for the sailing venue had originally been proposed as Boston Harbor, but the bid was officially amended to the New Bedford venue. The proposal has drawn support from much of the local community, including the New Bedford city council and mayor's office, UMass Dartmouth which would house the athletes, and of course the large local sailing community. Its unclear how much support would come from the large commercial fishing industry that is among the top ranked fishing ports in North America.
  7. Ima gonna go racin' so I want one of them there multi-tri-hull thangs to get me around the race track pronto.. I think this here is the ticket. AND only $350 bux! http://southcoast.craigslist.org/boa/3840558174.html
  8. All manufacturers of Dyneema ropes do not heat treat or pre-stretch the rope which is why some such as Dynex have listed better resistance to creep. Langman Q1 12 Strand and Dycore X double braid from Holland are another series of products using pre-stretched heat treated UHMWPE. Q1 has 0.7 elongation at 50% of maximum load.
  9. Good place to go on Thursday and Friday when it will be snowing outside. A quick preview walk through the sale today looks like it should have some decent deals.
  10. There's more marine factory representatives at the Defender sale than at any boat show in the North East. The close out area is epic, on hand reps from all the major electronics guys, and a selection of rubber boats, trailers, and motors that is second to none. If you're looking for the boutique gear and oddball boat specific stuff, you aren't going to probably find it (they have lots of line and blocks but aren't focused specifically on one design like APS or Layline) but if you need fenders, a stern BBQ, a killer deal on a handheld VHF, or need yards of Sunbrella to build new cushions, Defender is spot on. And for those of you not in driving distance of the sale, most all deals are also online through the weekend. This is a down to earth sale for real boaters. Although it's funny how many attendees are sporting NYYC polo shirts and hats. And no, I don't work for Defender, but I'll buy there before most any other place...