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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.

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  1. Golly! I'd sure like to see them!.... oh, wait.....
  2. Wess, trust me. With respect, I spent 15 years at sea, several as a tanker captain. "at sea" is the operative word, not merely underway, and the Chesapeake is not 'at sea' as I'm referencing. There are always exceptions but it's not the norm and I seriously doubt the container ship was lit up much beyond running lights. I am absolutely certain both crews were aware of the other's presence, it was not that they didn't know the other was there, rather, that they didn't do what normal prudent watch standers are supposed to do. It is 'possible' that the navy ship was running dark, but per my scenario, I still think the container ship 'saw' them but probably assumed/hoped that they would exercise their own responsibility to avoid collision...
  3. Exceptions. Not underway in open ocean. Not the norm. Containers ships and other deep draft, deep sea commercial vessels are dark except for a few house lights aft and running lights. At sea, it's only the cruise ships that are 'lit up like a Christmas tree'.
  4. I'm going to guess the following: Container ship sees Navy fine on port bow. Closing. CPA is varying slightly perhaps .1 or .2 miles passing close aboard but maybe unsure which side. Navy should not push things but does and chooses not to make a small course change to stbd which should have been done. Container ship has dilemma, has possibly waited too long now, Can't turn to port (what if Navy finally 'wakes up' and goes stbd?) Holding course means high speed impact. Turning to stbd to avoid or reduce impact is only remaining option. When left too long it guarantees impact. But no action or turning to port will potentially make things way worse (practically and legally) No info on whether there were radio comms prior. Typically, commercial would try. Unlikely in congested waters that the watch is sleeping or distracted. It was always my worst case right of way scenario. The only sure fire solution is for early and decisive turn to stbd by one or both vessels. Early meaning while 6-10 miles apart. In close coastal waters there are potentially other traffic considerations that work against you and you really need the other vessel to 'make it easy for you' by making a 5 or 10 degree course change to stbd. (Navy doesn't think that way) I had this happen to me but I got lucky. OOW (on tanker) called me (captain) late. (that was NOT lucky) I held course and crossed my fingers when I could see that it appeared we would miss and I prayed that the other guy wouldn't 'wake up' at the last minute and try to come to stbd.... I still get sweaty thinking about that one 30 years later.
  5. If the skipper was injured while in his cabin.... it might be reasonable to assume that the bridge watch never called him! (Not an excuse, because then it means he didn't train them correctly). Getting mashed in one's cabin may also mean that the collision alarm was either not sounded at all or far too late.
  6. ALWAYS! Always, Always, yield to the Admiral's preferences. Especially when it's a toss up!
  7. I've noticed Russell's tracker seems to update much less often than others. From what I'm seeing, it's been almost 6 hours since an update. He could be moving already.
  8. Always sad to have to drop out and early, but this is wisdom on TPSR's part. The really fantastic part about this race are all the variables that a competitor has to prepare for and have things go in their favor No wind? A good human powered design. Lot's of wind? A fast sailer. Cold, wet, windy? Shelter on going. Singlehanded? Take the rest stops strategically, but take those stops. (Russell is currently demonstrating this discipline well). Debris damage? Take spares and tools to fix it (hopefully). It's not just speed, or primary propulsion method, or total minimalism. No one team or boat is a guaranteed win-- very fascinating! I love the epic individual stories and examples of courage, perseverance and endurance. One wonders, "Could I do it?"" Would I do it?" "Should I do it?" fun to play along anyway....
  9. When you have 35 knots of wind and a flood tide, low powered boats are not going to be able to fetch Victoria. This start has, what, 36 hours time limit for this very reason. That's not lack of preparation, that's prudence and part of the strategy of surviving 750 miles to Ketchikan. Competitors must think long haul not sprint. Of course, the fast multis going for the $10k, work with a different paradigm.
  10. Webb Chiles has used a Pelagic on his Moore 24 round the world trip. Reliable but a touch noisy.
  11. I have the Jefa unit and am totally in love with it. It's likely about 500% overkill for my boat but quiet and accurate. No problems downwind either. Being a direct drive and not having a ram that can leak or collect dirt/salt/gunk is a real plus.
  12. It looks like crap on a computer screen but the 360 view capability on an iPad is kinda neat....
  13. SS ladders held in place with a pin or two rattle and vibrate at different rpms. Not a good solution--good idea but tough or impossible to implement. ( and stainless--isn't )
  14. Or a Chris Craft Apache 37
  15. My english report card once said "has difficulty expressing himself..." None of the designers gave me what I wanted. They gave me what they wanted that 'somewhat' paralleled my requests. They forgot that I was the client. I didn't ask for unsafe, or weird or ugly. Consequently, they got fired.... I spent a bunch of money learning that I needed to push back a bit harder. The only thing I'm trying not to do is name names....