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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. samc99us: Than you for your response. I do have downhaul, traveler, main sheet, and jib sheet available from the wire, but not mast rotation. With the jib, it can only go so far, so now I just set it and forget it anyway. The mainsheet does not require as much attention (or tension) as on my other boats. Don't know why. I've experimented with a cleated main sheet and foiled extensively both upwind and down, adjusting only with steering and weight, with pretty good results. That was not an easy thing to do, mentally - 40 years of sawing a mainsheet is a hard habit to break. Fair winds, Charlie
  2. Waynemarlow: yes, short, curved traveler. Self-tending most of the time. Slight release of sheet from upwind to downwind. Jib traveler has a limiter - but I find it works best all the way out, so I removed the limiter. Anything inboard seemed to choke the main. Mast rotation is limited with the jib - spreaders. The jib can add power when you don't want it - like coming ashore, killing time before the start, etc., so you have to plan ahead. Impossible to blow a tack with the jib, and it totally eliminates any rudder cavitation at high speed. Simplest jib arrangement I have seen - once you learn to leave it alone. No, don't know how to release far side cleat - line is continuous so hasn't been a problem - yet. Will post pics - more detail than words - would appreciate same. Thank you, Charlie
  3. Hi everybody, I do understand the A-cat concept. This is a no-compromise racing weapon for all-out racers. The complexity displayed here tells the story: http://www.a-cat.org/?q=node/825 (wow!!) That's not what the S9 is intended to be. This is a recreational boat - low price point, durable, very simple, much more fun than work. I'm pretty sure this is what Michele intended to create - not a rival to the A-cat. I really enjoy trying new things on the boat - please don't stop sending your suggestions! I'll give some of your suggestions a try, but I doubt I'll stick to anything that lowers the fun/hassle ratio. The most fun on the S9 so far is high wind with the unirig - still evaluating the jib. Charlie
  4. samc99us: jib sheet runs: from 240 cleat around nearest shroud, across (or under) the tramp to other shroud, to other 240 cleat, plus a little slack, will have to measure that. To cleat far side, just release near cleat (don't dump it - just release it) then pull the line to far shroud a few inches while easing near side. This lets a few inches to go through the far side, allowing it to grab. I'll try to send you a short video. Easier than it sounds - takes only a second or two. Charlie
  5. A Class Sailor and Waynemarlow: thank you, I'll give it aa try! Charlie
  6. A Class Sailor: would you please send pics or diagrams on the two-sided traveler? Especially interested in how to keep it within reach while on the wire. Please include cleat locations! We altered the jib sheet to a continuous two-sided system as you describe by adding two swivel cleats on the front beam. The sheet is run in a way that you can cleat the leeward side from the windward wire a la F-18 and Phantom (I think). Not sure how to make the traveler do that. Thank you, Charlie ps - foot straps: we have to step back and forth on the hull to keep the bow at a proper angle. Not sure how that footwork would meld with foot straps. We'll see, I guess. The S9 and the A have some common points, but perhaps the current sailing characteristics are quite different. Michele is the only one I know who has sailed both, nobody I know of over here. Maybe we can convince one of the Houston A cat sailors to come sail with us for a comparison - hope they read this.
  7. Thank you Michele. Please, how can I get a copy of the class rules? Waynemarlow, the sheet load is pretty light, so I try to always use my back hand for steering, front for sheeting. The forward sheeting might make it easier for me to cross the tramp without getting tangled - I get embarrassed when I see that in the videos. I've made several rigging changes on the boat over the last 15 months, trying to make things easier or more personal, much to Michele's consternation. I've gone back to Michele's factory-stock setup on almost everything - but I still enjoy the experimentation. Michele is right: we sometimes experience sudden deceleration - like when we outrun a gust or we get caught in a deep shift or if we stall the main or a foil. This tries to toss us forward, but if you survive the splash you're ok. If you hang on, stay calm, and don't panic, you usually pop right back up. I've considered adding foot straps, but I hate to put holes in my boats . Appreciate the tips and hints - hope to be back on the water soon - I miss the fun.
  8. A Class Sailor: we'll give the mid-tramp sheeting a try. We don't often get pitched off these days - when we learned better footwork that seemed to go away. I might best appreciate the central sheeting during a foiling bear-away while the traveler or sheet gets adjusted, and while coming in off the wire while foiling downwind. It is difficult for me to stay in control in those transitions - need more practice. The S9 is very short: boom-ducking may be a little more difficult, but worth a try. In the other thread you mentioned our learning curve. We made more progress in the higher winds in late fall and early spring than we did all summer last year. Best learning is steady wind at least 12 knots - with a chase boat and a coach. We don't get that here too often. Pretty rare in summer. I don't think we learn anything in non-foiling or intermittent-foiling winds. The classic floaters just kill us. Frustrating. My conclusion: no white caps - no foiling. More fun to just jump on a Sprint or Weta.
  9. Weta - best fun/hassle ratio around. Holo Nui: I am ready to help next time - maybe get it set up and ready a day early?
  10. Not typical.
  11. Hatches are not an issue - not perfect but they work well enough. GC Sailor: I have no experience with a Viva, but you are right on the rest.
  12. I owned a Stiletto 27 and I sailed on a Warrior many times in south Texas. I did not like the Stiletto 27's dagger board setup. Board was always hard to raise and lower. Don't know why. The boat had terrible weather helm in a breeze. Never could determine why. I would recommend inshore or near-shore sailing. I bought a Stiletto 23 and liked it much better. The Warrior is a much more robust design - sailed well, but it did seem much heavier than the Stiletto 27. I think the brothers in Florida may still be refurbishing older Stilettos - worth a call anyway. Never seen a Viva. S27 may work fine for you - good luck, please send pics! Charlie
  13. Holo Nui: nice racing out there with you. Perhaps we can do the boat swap in the next race. RT: are ever coming back to race?
  14. Very happy I bought two.
  15. Same rule applies to my S9 catamarans - we broke 5 sticks in six months. They make an impressive "crack!" when they wrap around the shroud and exceed their limit. I don't have a delivery date for my UFO, but I think it's pretty close.