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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. Well, I must be a farmer since I drive a merc. Tesla? What's that? Last I looked, it was an inefficient turbine designed for agricultural manufacturing methods. And I stay away from park benches because of the proximity of bird poop and other undesirables. So is it control-K that I need to press?
  2. I bought a very inexpensive Dell XT2 XFR on ebay, which is a similar product, and is a convertible tablet form. It required a fairly major redo which was tedious, but I upped the SSD and memory at the same time. After about a year sitting in the PNW humidity in the nav table of a leaky race boat, I had to replace the keyboard and the power adapter. I now keep the pc in its own Pelican case and have routed the various feeds (power, USB, Serial NMEA, etc) through waterproof connecters through the case. I think the whole installation was about $500. It runs all the nav software, scoring software and rating software that I need. Use a projector if you want to watch movies. Use one of the low profile pelican cases specifically for tablets. You aren't ruggedising the pc, you are only keeping in its own dry environment. I use desiccant paks to keep the humidity at bay.
  3. The boom may not swing through the runners as backstay arrangement, depending on the rig design. If the boom does not swing through, the other solution is to create chain-plates at the transom corners. This changes the rig dynamic a bit, in the wrong way, unfortunately (powers up the main in heavy air), but if you are sailing with a reef in, it may not matter so much.
  4. No no no. All of this *(*&^)$ rubbsh is now ok. It falls into the definition of customary activity. If you have always been swearing at your competitors, then by the priniciple of customary law, you can continue to do so. In fact, the rule gives the shouters a tool to totally tool the tools in the morality squad who think it is their obligation to impose their view of behaviour on your customary activity. Of course, their customary activity is being total carrot in the anus types. So everyone gets to behave like idiots in the sport. Its all good...
  5. A few boats like this have been converted for "performance cruising". The basic approach is to have a cruising main that is only hoisted to the rigging point where the runners attach. Then detach the check stays and the main should swing through without having to do too much with the runners. If you do the math on this, you will probably find that the SA / D ratio of this detuned set up is still favorable as against most cruising designs. The hardest job is raising and lowering the mainsail. Other solutions are to use electric winches for the runners and mainsheet. This allows for push button control so that you can turn the boat and wind on a runner or mainsheet during a gybe, all at the same time. I don't have one of these boats, but mine is very similar, a later generation of IMS based design, and it is a great boat for cruising around. It is just a lot of work. It is fairly easy to handle with three people if you know what you are doing. Just don't bother with the mast butt slider! I think the bigger problem with these boats is that by this time in their lives, they are usually quite tired, and require a significant amount of effort to be put into standing and running rigging, and all the other mechanicals. So you can get the boat for 20K - 30K, and then the maintenance may set you back twice that. But still, 90K for a fast cruising boat seems like a good deal, Just don't get sucked back into racing, because then your costs will go through the roof again ILC 40s were never Formula 1, don't let that analogy bother you. At best, they are Group C / GTP. And yes, going hotel cruising in a Merc 291 seems a completely reasonable thing to do, especially if there is a hotty in the seat beside you.
  6. Use long flakes, 2 ft at least on each side. Good thing about boom bag is that you can keep the flake loose. Stuffing it or wadding it in the bag increases shrinkage (actually not shrinkage, just micro folding resulting in smaller overall dimensions).
  7. My guess is German Frers. The clipped transom was typical, and it looks like a hydraulic drive into the keel which was also typical. I am surprised by the build date, i would have put that design iteration at 76 or 77, although the deck/cockpit layout is more post 79 fastnet.
  8. Yes to this; boats = boys, horses = girls. What we really need is a kind of modern duathlon, with equitation and sailing in teams. Dressage and course racing on day one, cross country and coastal on day two. Shake it a bit at the end with a big party at the end of day two. Sponsored by Cartier of course...
  9. But really, I get it. I am all over the wang problem... Oh no, that didn't come out right at all.
  10. ten billion people get called a dick every day on public fora like this. what's the problem? Was that supposed to be flora? Maybe. Either way, CLEAN is a dick. No no no Its pubic flora. This place is slipping...
  11. Wanker .....You have to admit that WOXI hooning around the starting line and CQS flopping like a World Cup player was all a bit unprofessional....it was LMAO entertaining though, in a Dukes of Hazzard kind of way. If you have sailed in the harbour you might know there are 30deg shifts in that breeze it wasnt a true NE Not to mention the Pigs & the Wedding Cakes plus a shit load of fuck tards who boarder the race course Actually, yes. I did a load of racing in the Harbour. And 2 SFs. And 11 Fastnets. And a metric shed load of other racing too. Getting pinned against the port-end up the edge (Cowes start example, and here too) and having to tack onto port only works if you really know you have a clear path out. Especially in a shifty breeze. Otherwise it's risky call indeed. Stumbling around a minute early and hanging dead stopped in the middle of everything (and trying to go backwards), ditto. Sail setting problems, after thousands of dollars of good kit installed, and youuuuuge quantities of hours "practicing" is just wrong. Good programs, staffed by paid pros just shouldn't do that. My $0.02. Totally agree with this. Who would ever go into a obstruction immediately following a start and hope to pull a "water" call out of their "donkey" (as my mother made us say at christmas dinner this year)? Even if you get the first boat on "water", what about the 2nd? or the 10th? Pretty poor performance. As to all the rest of the clump copulations (knotted fornications?), well, there are passengers on board, yes? The bigger the boat, the more likely it is that the passengers can't keep up. I would think that the performance in the smaller 50+' fleet was better all around - less ego, more competence. There is a reason why the overall winners of this race are always found in the second row.
  12. Too many attributes with about the same value to be useful. There is mucking about in boats Vs the sport of sailing. If people want to compete in the sport they will find a way. Don't try to stop them. What is not in your list is the generational issues. As every sailing club knows, not enough young people are entering the sport, while the older guys are tapering off, full of the excuses you have listed. I took a couple of young girls (8 and 6) and parents on my boat last year, first time for them. After we started sailing, the youngest one came out of the companionway way and asked; "Hey mum? Can I play on the iPad now?" WTF! "No" was the answer thankfully, but the girl had a sook. She was out in the real world but wanted to play a game on a screen. She is not alone, screens are more attractive to young people than reality, when at their age we would have been sailing. There is your problem. I have actually never found this on my boat. When families with young children come out on the boat, the children get to do all the fun stuff, like sitting up at the bow and getting wet or turning winch handles or driving. I am always getting "the kids want to know when they can come back" comments from the parents. This is how I was brought into sailing at a very young age, driving an old meter boat when I was about 5. There was no way that I knew what I was doing but there were lots of others around me who did so it was all good. Interestingly, this was also how I grew up in sailing, being given fun jobs until I had developed sufficient skills to be given the hard jobs. Why is this so difficult? All that is needed is to expose them to it. Done properly, they will want to be back. Anyway, somewhere up there, it was mentioned that sailing had became an "adult day camp for 8". Now that I am in the position of providing the adult day camp, I am amazed at the generous people that provided me the day camp when I was younger. Being a boat owner who races is a exercise in generosity. You take out your expensive lump of tech, throw some fuel into the air and let a bunch of yahoos light it on fire, hoping it all doesn't come crashing down badly. At least in the corinthian divisions, it has always been like this. You start by getting hooked because some old uncle / aunt / family friend lets you drive their boat, you work your way through the day camp because someone lets you do all kinds of dangerous stuff with their equipment, and eventually you end up being the old uncle / aunt / day camp supervisor. If you fall off the wagon when you become the aunt / uncle / supervisor, then you are may just be an ingrate. OK so maybe that last bit was a bit harsh, but maybe you get my drift. I think the reason that people aren't racing as much is because we are an increasingly ungenerous society, and sailboat racing requires a very generous spirit, whether in the equipment side, or the race management side, or the racing side, or any of the other applicable sides e.g port v stbd. We won't fix participation until we fix the generosity problem, I think. Like anyone, I hate those $5,000 bad days, but I do eventually shake them off and get back out, mostly because I like to give back into the sport which has provided me with such a lot of fun over the years.
  13. Totally in agreement. I have a racing boat, but am still not that happy about racing locally. But I have sailed in other regions and boats and classes, either in my own boats or in OPB, and have enjoyed it a lot. For me at least, I think that racing is a good thing and that it can teach you a lot about handling and boats, and respect and all the rest of that good stuff. So I am quite willing to do what is necessary in my region to improve sailing, to make it attractive, not just to old dogs like me, but also to new sailors. Well managed coastal races, e.g. out-and-backs, and with a stopover in the middle, are a great way to bring the non-racing sailors back. This topic is very deep, lots to discover in it. But maybe it is also just as useful to encourage those who have stepped away to step back in and improve the situation. And yes, the star and finn classes - a total hoot. Maybe its just that big guys, like big dogs, are just plain old nicer...
  14. Of course they do. Some of those star guys are total evergreen energizer bunnies. Ideally, the runner is the domain of the driver. Maybe the tactician / strategist is useful to bring the runner in to the preset starting spot after a tack, but then it is the driver that uses the runner to work the boat through the gears. Star boats don't need a load pin because its all in the hands of the driver, with the best critic on mainsail trim in the world in the front seat. Instruments are there really for crew who are struggling with what they don't know. Up there somewhere mr longy described a little bit of the dance that some of the strings do. The argument that the load pin output allows you to move these strings to a achieve a constant load can also be made in the opposite direction, that is, trimming to the load misses the big picture that is available with a flexible string setup. Everyone ends up chasing each other around and around an idealized load pin number. Without a load pin instrument, marking the runner tail with three or five presets to reflect wind strength is useful, as noted above. I have used a big loos on the runner to get an even reading on each side. Here is my process. At the dock, jack the mast to the high wind setting (31,000 kPa on my boat), then crank a runner to where it is hard to turn on the winch (see Assymptote at the top), mark the runner tail, read the loos guage. Repeat on the other side to get the same reading on the loos, and mark the tail. After that, go sailing and work your way down from that setting to what is optimal for the conditions you are experiencing. Eliminate all trim variations - no checkstay, even breaking on the headsail, optimal angle of weather helm. Mark the runner. Back at the dock, set the jack pressure for the conditions you were in and then set the runner to your new mark. Put the loos on the runner, and then transfer the information to the other side. You now have two points on your runner tension table. Now do this in a few other wind strengths, doing exactly the same thing, starting from the high wind setting and working your way down. This is how you develop your three to five preset marks as well as your runner tension table. Note that this is iterative - after you have worked through your first four or five data points, you may find that your starting point needs to be changed, and you do it all over again. It is not a bad way to spend a few saturday or sunday afternoons with 4 or 5 friends, having a tinny. Ideally, this should be done every year. Nothing beats spending time in the boat, setting it up and pulling at strings. For me, it was very important to have the same people doing the same job all the time. A single headsail trimmer, a single mainsail trimmer, a single person in the middle to jack the mast and hoist the sails, etc. This was by far the biggest challenge I found when trying to race in the PNW.
  15. Strip planking is essentially a fore/aft (or 0 angle) unidirectional reinforcement. If you want to bright finish, use a lightweight twill or satin weave e-glass for the outer skin, but in the inner skin, lay up athwartship (90 angle) unidirectional glass and possibly +45 / -45 as well. So from the inside out, the schedule might be +-45 biaxial / 90 unidirectional / strip-plank / 3 oz satin weave. The other option, of course, is to build using foam such as divynicell or last-a-foam, using the same strip-plank method. The advantage is that the foam will not absorb water like wood does. It also goes together more quickly that wood does. You would need to add a 0 angle unidirectional reinforcement to the schedule.