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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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    Near the Cape...you choose which one.
  1. If you are not a great mechanic have the shaft alignment done by a professional. I have rebuilt and re-powered engines (all except block) and leave that bit of voodoo to those who do that so well. Starter rebuilt? Do it now and do not send to a marine rebuilder. Starters are simple beasts that can be rebuilt by land-oriented shops for $200 or so. Cheap insurance to make sure your new engine actually starts. In that same vein...has the alternator been looked at? The fuel injectors? While you are at it and not big bucks to make sure all is well. And as mentioned...if you can remove all fuel, scrub out tank that would be a bonus. After all of the money already spent...cheap insurance for a smooth and starting runner.
  2. Good on you and your jumping in with both feet. Your boat is a rather simple affair and with a little mechanical and google research acumen you should be able to muddle your way through most of what needs to be done. Part of the fun is learning new skills that will be useful in the future. There may be a Clipper owners group that would helpful to you in specifics.
  3. RIB is the way to go. And my back is not worth the risk of humping around a 4 cycle 8 hp. Only on passages where weather exposure is imminent will I bother. Never had a problem with the RIBs towing with the engine in coastal cruising. Soft bottoms OTOH...smaller 4 hp 2 cycle is the largest I go. An inflatable repair center said tow the inflatable via the transom. Two eye/U bolts on transom with painters coming forward through a guide loop to keep the bow centered. Tried it and it worked but got the RIB before I had time to experiment and see if it made a real difference in snotty conditions. My dinghy's gear (fuel tanks, jackets etc) are all secured so if she did flip its the least of my worries.
  4. Re-watching Frasier from start to finish. Smart and and laugh out loud funny .
  5. As a certified teacher you would presume these are not dumb women. But Holy Mother of God...trusting your career/life to a knucklehead testosterone filled kid to not spill the beans/get caught is just ludicrous. What dumb-asses. Especially since most of women can get laid anywhere anytime. Gotta be a power trip. And a lame one at that. That being said from 18 years old on I regularly "dated" women 2-15 years older than I. All good.
  6. I am a big fan of Schaefer Marine. Bullet proof, self installing and reasonably priced Had on on my Bristol 30.
  7. I believe it was his MBA thesis...he based the business and the design of boats on maximizing how many he could fit on a shipping trailer and thereby keeping the costs down.
  8. My 1981 C & C 40 was built with a Yanmar 3QM30...the Atomics were phased out in the late 70's
  9. Nope...its actually very comfortable here in Buzzards-Bay-land. We get humidity but not to the same extent as others. Haze? No more than anywhere else and I would say less so. All anecdotal of course. But I have lived and sailed here for over 25 years and have no desire to move for better climes Not anecdotal is that Smokin' S'Wester refers to wind. Every afternoon around 1ish (plus or minus) it (15 knots +) comes in. And depending on the current and where you are its a lot more than 1' wave/chop. Annoying at times..a pain in the a_ _ other times. An example of dangerous is when in the afternoon you exit out of the Cape Cod Canal into the bay with an ebbing canal current. Standing 5' (measurement was never a priority when going through so I can stand corrected) breakers that slow most everyone to a crawl. Solid water from bow to dodge etc. That all being said. Time your passages and you have some of the greatest cruising grounds within a days sail.
  10. Had a Honda Accord that went over 400k...but my wife's Mazda 6 is as good, more driving fun, cheaper used and just as reliable. 150k and nothing ever wrong with it.
  11. I am by no means any kind of expert but I tried roll and tip (brush) with one part (Brightside) and got the same result on my wateline stripes. By accident I found that a good foam roller lightly skimming the surface to remove bubbles instead of a brush worked wonders. And using 10% thinner.
  12. "knowing the chop of Buzzard's Bay in the prevailing southwesterly breeze, I'm reasonably convinced that a full-keel (or, technically, modified fin with attached rudder) vessel is the right choice for me in terms of seaworthiness and fool-proof-ness" Having sailed in this area for over 20 years... The ability to reduce sail and/or a stable boat in this area is a must...although I differ with favoring a full keel/attached rudder vs a full fin/spade. I had a Bristol 30 and thought it...well ...a pig. Could not go to weather in a chop and it liked to heel right over. I now happily cruise a fin/spade combo. As to outboard/inboard and the ability to punch through the notorious BB/Natucket/Vineyard Sound washing machines. Those bodies of water can combine current and wind that can stop/slow many a larger boat in their tracks with inboards in situations in which sail is not the best option. There is nothing worse, or perhaps unsafe, than hearing that spinning prop noise (to say nothing of its ill effect on the outboard) every few seconds when you are trying to get from point A to point B at maybe 1 knot. Find a boat with a outboard well (as earlier suggested) with a long shaft and a properly pitched prop (for torque) or get an inboard (and suck up the maintenance) and you will have much less stress (getting to where you need to be with skittish guest/girlfriends) and have fun while using it during the all too short season.
  13. We won our class in the Bermuda 1-2 in 1999 which included a light air 6 1/2 day return. People were shocked it could actually move in light air. I liked it. Lots of room down below and its posture was all business. Good choice and good luck!
  14. We won the ugly spinnaker award with this 1980s work of art.
  15. Look for boats in the 15k - 20k range. You like it. Tell them you do and offer 10k because it's all ya got. They say no. You walk and probably get a call within a month or two asking you to take it. That is, of course, dependent of known or unknown motivating factors: how long boat on market, divorce, second boat etc etc.. Some folks rather see their beloved boat used and loved than sitting around. Not always a money issue. Geez...some owner in a neighboring town was giving away a nice 1970s vintage C & C 30 advertised in the local paper...as long as it went to a deserving caretaker...