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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. Make sure the machine screws that hold the luff feeder on the furler are the right length. We installed one that was a tiny bit too long and it tore into the luff tape when raising the genoa. However the tack set back sounds like the more likely issue. We often remove the luff feeder to drop the swivel to be able to do peels and then after a race switch back to cruising RF mode. If you loose the machine screws the ones from the local store may not be the right length. Just saying as it happened to us
  2. I need to get two more winch handles ordered up in the next day or two. The Lewmar one touch has been the standard for a few years but now I see Harken has a Carbo one touch. I have used the Lewmars they are great. I have not used the Harken Carbo one touch. Are the Harkens as good as the Lewmars? Better or worse. Boat is a J 122 Thanks for the replies in advance CWS
  3. How about a float at the top of the mast and then go sink the boat and float the mast off, now thats thinking outside the box and underwater
  4. Question for the local Chicago gang. I am from upper Michgan and am thinking about bringing my 31 Corsair tri to Chicago to be a spectator for the AC races in June. Is this feasible or a bad Idea? We would need a good place to launch from and dockage for 3 or 4 days as well as a safe place to park truck and trailer for the 3 or 4 days. That said will spectators boats be able to be close enough to have good veiwing? Will dockage and ramp fees sky rocket for the event or just be normal? What Marina and launch ramp is best to use? Cheers CWS
  5. Question for the local Chicago gang. I am from upper Michgan and am thinking about bringing my 31 Corsair tri to Chicago to be a spectator for the AC races in June. Is this feasible or a bad Idea? We would need a good place to launch from and dockage for 3 or 4 days as well as a safe place to park truck and trailer for the 3 or 4 days. That said will spectators boats be able to be close enough to have good veiwing? Will dockage and ramp fees sky rocket for the event or just be normal? What Marina and launch ramp is best to use? Cheers CWS
  6. I used west system epoxy and lined the tank with two layers of resin rich 1708 Biax. Five years now and no odor, but we use formeldahide based chemical which might make a difference. You should call West Epoxy direct and ask them. They do answer the phone. Epoxy lets way less moisture pass thru it compared to polyester so perhaps it retards odors better as well. I just do not know
  7. Bravo! Thanks! The inflatable board does sound good, but at this point it would be in addition to the new lightweight dinghy that is coming from the UK, and I won't carry both. What did you do for coldness? I'm leaning toward an ice chest thinking that I could use the melt water (if I keep it clean) for rinsing, but I do have moments where I lurch back towards the convenience of an Engel or similar. Also still mulling over lifePo4 vs carbon foam (weight savings about $10/lb for 50 lbs) and what size/type/how to mount solar panels. The biggest electrical load will be the tiller pilot, but I haven't done the spreadsheet yet. As for cold we took a 5 day coleman extremme cooler, Walmart type icebox. I glued on 2 inch blue construction grade insulation to the bottom and sides using spray foam from an aresol can. To keep the foam from flaking off I wrapped the whole ice box with clear 2 inch wide packing tape which makes the surface durable enough and if it gets torn I will just add more layers of packing tape as it weoghs next to nothing.We buy 20 or so pounds of ice and it goes 5 to 7 days if we only open it a few times a day to make meals. If we put beer in it and open and close it all day it eats the ice up.Since we cruise where its easy to buy ice this works well. For your trip I think learn to go with out cold stuff or get an engle 12 volt cold box. We have friends who run an Engle and a tiny water maker off of 200 Watts of solar using two 100 amp hour batteries. But for us this is too much weight and money. Cost of ice is way cheaper than the 2 grand or so good solar, batteries and and Engle would cost. I am thinking of adding even more foam to the sides of my cooler as ther is space to do so? With the cooler it seems to help to drain the melt water twice a day. We also put a layer of bubble wrap between the ice and the food, keeps the food dryer and ice go a bit longer. When the cooler is not full such as when the ice is half used up we add plastic grocery bags on top of the food to take up the open space and this seems to help also. We also leave a 2 inch piece of foam on the floor of the boat where the cooler sits so that adds a bit more insulation compared to letting it sit on the fiberglass botttom of the boat. If you want refrigeration check out the Engle coolers, they are the best as far as efficiency. You can buy the Engle guts and build your own ice box if you are good at that kind of stuff
  8. a few things we do for small boat cruising on a F 31 Tri that work out 1. water in 5 gallon containers 2 each kept infloats 2. Several 2 liter pop bottles full of water stashed in cubbies 3. 2 gallon water dispenser mounted over sink, we fill this from the pop bottles or sometimes direct from the 5 gallon jugs. Has a small tap on it to gravity feed the water 4. a 16 oz. coke bottle with a tiny hole drilled in the cap, use it to rinse stuff off by squeezing it. If you drill the hole small enough you get just the amount of water you want and no more,, this is a big water saver compared to just dumping water out of a faucet. Best way to rinse the toothbrush while saving water 5. ditch the solar shower, we tried them. Instead get a 1 gallon insect sprayer, add about a 6 foot vinyl hose and a garden hoze nozzle.A cheap plastic one with sevral spray patterns. This is your pressure water system with all kinds of uses from showering, cleaning the deck etc. Rinse the salt off turnbuckles etc. We set it on the mist setting to save water while showering. Leave it in the sun and it gets nearly as hot as the solar shower, Plus in a pinch you could heat water on the stove and add it to it but we have never had to do this. Painting it black helps but ours is clear and still get warm 6 We have a foot pump that brings sea water to a tap over the sink. Most places the water is clean enough to wash dishes, then we rinse with the coke bottle sprayer with a bit of fresh water 7. bath with the two towel system, use joy soap in salt water or or Walmart dandruff shampoo, both work. While still wet use the crappier salty towel to dry off getting rid if most salt before the water evaporates and leaves you extra salty. Then rinse down with about a pint of fresh water from the insect sprayer using the mist setting, then use the second cleaner salt free towel to dry the fesh water off, you are now cleaner than MR Clean. With care we can go a week on the towells before washing them. 8. Led lights only and a few led head lamps to read by and a modest solar panel will suffice. 9. Those 2 dollar fake sham wow rags are great for cleaning the deck on a dewy morning you get a clean deck with out having to use your own water 10. Inflatable paddle board, we use it all the time. We also have dinghyand 2 hp motor but on a F 24 solo sailing a paddle board might do. Ours was only $500 and is quite tuff. They are slow and if the wind is up its faster to paddle while kneeling. Thats a few of my low cost tips CWS
  9. I suppose in the old days if thats where we were to store them until needed ( below in the bow ) that was probably OK. But we tried to keep them centered and low and thats where they stayed until needed on deck
  10. quick question? Is stacking the sails into the bow of a TP 52 for light air considered movable ballast? See the Chicago Mac Race web page Blogs by Matt Knoghton. In his first blog he admits they moved the stack of sails into the bow. Been years since I did a mac but in the old days using sails as movable ballast was tabu. Just asking?????
  11. Thanks for all the input. Have not read the whole thread but there is plenty of info here Thanks for all the help To answer a few questions It was daylight, A casual beer can race, no damage, Near drifting conditions. No hails between boats. And every one still freinds. The race was an extra fun race and not included into season standings. I was just asking to help educate myself and I will try to tactfully educate the others in our fleet Cheers CWS
  12. The other night a port starboard incident happened at a down wind finish. Two boats were headed toward the starbaord finish pin downwind in light air with spinakers up. The port tack green boat was ahead and slower than the yellow boat. Green boats course would take it just inside the right hand downwind finish mark. The faster starboard tack yellow boat came in from behind on a slightly hotter angle and also was on a course that would take it just barely inside the right hand finish mark. When the lead green boat enetered the 3 boat zone there was an overlap between the two boats. It was very light air, no waves. When the bow of the port tack green boat was just a few feet from the finish line the yellow boat collided with it, hitting Green on its port side at about the mainsheet traveler. No damage was done. It was just a light tap. Green crossed the finish first and in 4 th place in the race. and yellow came in 5 th place. No hails were made, no protest flags went up and no penalty turns were made by either boat. The finish pin was an inflatable mark with deep water on all sides. Is this a classic port starboard putting green at fault? Does buoy room apply giving the inside green boat rights. What else do I need to consider.