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      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  

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  1. The tanks, of course. They are supposedly narrow enough not to count as a double floor.
  2. They'll make them open and self draining. i.e. not a tank . They explained this when they presented the boat at the worlds in Kiel.
  3. Not quite what I meant (but what I wrote ). My point was to get the best boat that you can afford, and that it is usually better to get a boat that might be a bit older but upgraded and maintained with well functioning systems. Try to get a test sail in any boat you are thinking of buying. At least see it rigged and try to use the controls. This will reveal much. The most important piece of advice is to take an expirienced person along to look at any boat you are thinking of buying. And if you have to travel far to buy the boat, have more than one to choose between, be prepared to walk away if you are not happy.
  4. It really doesn't matter how your first boat is set up. What is really important is that all the systems work, so you don't have to spend a lot of time re-rigging the boat instead of sailing. As newcomers to the class, it is very easy to try and re-invent the wheel. If you can afford to get a boat that has had the upgrades to twin pole and carbon boom, you should be in good shape. This is an expensive upgrade, but worth every penny. The mistakes you make on the racecourse will cost you a lot more than the gains by having the newest kit. Boats from the late 90's and forward are pretty solid, so you can't really go wrong there, but ask around once you have a boat in mind. Most 505 sailors are more than happy to give advice. Once you reach the point where it is the boat that is keeping you back, then it is time to trade up. -Mads DEN 8440