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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. IMO, the "spirit" of The Cup is friendly competition among nations. The vision of multi-national corporate branded teams with token national sub-branding, is, I think, Bertarelli & Coutts. At any rate, once it went there it just became another boat race in spirit. I think the yachts are amazing, the sailors are great and the presentation is exceptional. So, I'm happy to watch. But, it's awfully late to worry about the niceties of the deed, the intent of the founders or the decorum of the event. For better or worse 19th century values are gone and the America's Cup died with them. There's a 21st century yacht race by the same name but it's just a product. Buy it or not as it suits on its own terms. As it stands, I can't even summon up a solid "meh" about a challenger candidate helping the defender.
  2. Is this caution from an experienced installer (not named because I'm not sure if that's allowed) still valid? Unless you want a big fat dent, where your wallet used to be, I do not believe LiFePO4 is ready for mass DIY prime time builds. Read with CAUTION!!! If you think you want LiFePO4 PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY! Once you are done reading this, and it makes sense to you, then please spend another 6-8 months reading everything you can including every single LiFePO4 white paper you can get your hands on.
  3. 1) I agree 2) this result ain't sui generis: 3) it matters more when the boats go full trebuchet at 40 knots.
  4. I wish you the very best outcome. Maybe ask the Pacific Seafarer's Net if they can put out a health and safety? FWIW, I've had fishing boats swing by for close passes or hover nearby. This can be disconcerting in the open ocean where it's easy to feel alone and vulnerable. Chances are they're just bored or curious or jerks. Sleep deprivation is par for the course, too. Sailboats don't keep to schedules. He's not very overdue yet. With a bit of luck it will turn out well.
  5. We had an S&S Pilot class in our family. It was a lovely boat.
  6. That's gonna be very annoying for the umps.
  7. You never heard Napoleon, did you? or Camerone ? read and learn before making an idiot of yourself. I'll take Valois beats Plantagenet for 100? Sadly, I think France does go home early this time.
  8. Allow me to toss out some ideas that are probably wrong. This may annoy somebody who really knows sufficiently to get them to post a correction. Both PWM and MPPT can work with 36 cell panels. In some conditions MPPT has the potential to get more power out of the panel than PWM. PWM (pulse width modulation) should be able to control a panel with any number of cells. PWM acts like a fast switch that disconnects the panel from the battery for some portion of time as needed to regulate the battery voltage. MPPT (maximum power point tracking) is intended to work where the ideal panel voltage is significantly greater than the battery voltage. MPPT uses a DC-DC converter that tries to keep the panel at its maximum power output (volts x amps) independently from the battery voltage. When the battery becomes full enough that its voltage needs to be regulated the MPPT controller will use PWM to limit the current sent to the battery. Each cell in a solar panel makes around half a volt ideally. A typical 36 cell panel in perfect conditions produces as much power as it can at about 17 volts. A MPPT controller would try to operate that panel at about 17 volts in those ideal conditions. The power output would be 17 volts times whatever amps the panel could produce. A PWM controller would operate at the panel at the battery voltage. The power output would be the battery voltage times the amps the panel produces. When the battery voltage is low and the ideal panel voltage is high MPPT may get significantly more power out of a panel than PWM. In ideal conditions a 28 cell panel's voltage would be around 28 times 0.47volts. That voltage is near the float voltage of many 12 volt batteries. In real world conditions and subtracting the voltage drop of a blocking diode, a 28 cell panel will rarely be able to raise the voltage of a 12 volt battery high enough to damage it (or to fill it completely). So, an external controller isn't required.
  9. Hmmm... At the drop of a hat I can tie a bowline one handed, behind my back, eyes closed while drinking beer. I have to look at the instructions for a diamond knot or button knot (now my fav) if I haven't tied one recently. Maybe I need more practice. I do enjoy making up a batch from time to time. They're nice to have and to give away. Much appreciate the testing and instructions that you and Allen provided.
  10. ^^^ Nice. Even better you can get a newest activity list that excludes PA (or whatever) by unchecking the "unread" status. Awesome find.
  11. Upper right corner of the post, very faint though. Becomes more visible if the post is in focus (eg. you have a cursor in the post somewhere).
  12. +1
  13. Nice. But, as nearly as I can make out there's no way to edit the markup. That's going to make responding to long quotes one section at a time hard. Doing responses inside quotes in different colors gets unreadable fast. I suppose we can cut from the quote and paste into new quotes with the new editor. That's not elegant.
  14. China shock? Anyway, plenty of good batteries come out of China. The Full River AGMs get decent reviews and, AFIK, most or all of the large Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries are Chinese products.