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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. Melges 14 starting to pick up, good fit for larger guys. Have 5 boats coming to Atlanta this spring.
  2. I did four regattas on a Melges 24 last year all at least a 10 hour drive from home, for well less than $30K. Owner+Crew transport, rig, and prep boats themselves. Paid for lodging, boat transit, some food, some gear, etc... If you want to fly into every regatta, step onto a prepped boat, leave the dock, and have a chef cook meals for you then you probably need to be willing to pay a lot more. But this is not a realistic budget to use as a basis for complaining about regatta costs. Tow and rig your own boat, make your own food, and then maybe you can start complaining about costs.
  3. You have it right on the hook - into two lifting straps and the keel eye bolt. The lifting straps should connect with large strong carabiner, not shackles. 1 ton hoist / 6" beam sounds fine to me...don't hold me to it! Boat weighs couple hundred lbs less than a ton.
  4. Good luck...new ones from Melges probably won't fit your boat very well either - I redid the delrins on #125 a few years ago, and there was a pretty good chunk of refitting. You've got a project on here.
  5. I wouldn't recommend getting into the class this way, and it would depend heavily on the sail inventory, spares, etc... Guidelines can be found on the class website classifieds. The racing was awesome, not average or close to it. Thanks to the regatta management and RC for prioritizing this and making it awesome. The media coverage / european photography / etc... was all super weak. The videos were 2mins of sailing out of 5mins. The pictures were of the same 20 out of 75 boats. Half the teams having to come in from an hour long+ motor in the mornings, while the others stayed in Miami Beach was a bit tough to swallow. The trac trac stuff was great for reviewing after racing, developing starting strategy, etc... 39 Corinthian teams doing a regatta with this much commitment and challenge is great - but also 35 owners with the commitment to running a professional team to win this classes championship also needs to be lauded - those guys were a big part of the success here.
  6. Agreed - this should be a really good event. Probably have 40ish boats on the line. The top US teams are all here, FT (at home), AF1 (won last US Nats at Lake Geneva), Monsoon (own CRW). Plus all the other boats full of Olympians and World Champions (Mikey, Lucky Dog, Embarr, etc...) Robust Corinthian teams as well - the strongest should mix it up with the pros. Forecast has breeze on too. Any picks?
  7. 1) I like the standard one from Melges, or something similar. Covered for about 3 feet at the masthead for UV protection, abrasion resistance, and easy rigging to the mainsail, uncovered for running through the mast, and a thinner tail just for hoisting. The uncovered part in the mast and thin tail helps it run out pretty fast when dropping, and the thinner tail is easier to tuck out of the way. Looks like most of the shops online don't really describe their setup very well... 2) This simple knobby line is what most boats use, as it holds very well in the cam cleat at the base of the mast. I used to have a covered Excel Racing line, but it would slip whenever the breeze approached 20. You can see it here, http://www.melges.com/?p=store/details&sku=12801&cat=86, but can probably find it anywhere. 3) The ProStart is class legal, its helpful on a long starting line in the middle of the line, but I have found the accuracy pretty questionable lately. Seems to be +/- 5meters - I use it for general distance earlier on in the start...(e.g. am I 50 or 75 meters away with 2 minutes to go) 4) The most responsive speedo option is a paddlewheel. I haven't been impressed with any GPS speedo options. What are you 3D printing for the boat? I've wanted to try doing some of that myself.
  8. Great, thanks guys. Looking to see if there was any other single shingle type shops in the area as well. Appreciate the advise.
  9. Have a 19' sentimental family day sailor that needs some love to the hull paint job. Looking for recommendations of who to work with in the Kingston Ontario area... Thanks... PM me if preferred...
  10. 8 Melges 20's had at least 2 Cat 3's 20/25 had at least 1. A lot of those single pro boats are olympians making top tier money. The pros on the winning boat are some of the nicest people I've ever met at a regatta. There is so much coverage of other GP boats where money wins. The winner of the m24s at KWRW had at least two pro sailmakers on board on a brand new boat. It's hard to understand why this specific small, midwinter, regatta was singled out. If I had this kind of money, I'd put my son on the tiller of a M20 before I put him on a M24, M32 or Farr 40 - all of which have had the same thing happen.