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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. Regarding the rig setup question - we sailed for years with the mast butt in the aft position, but after switching to the larger rudder we are going faster with it back in the center hole. The rudder isn't a cure-all, but it sure helps add some control and make the boat a bit more user-friendly. Arced is absolutely right though - the main trimmer is steering the boat upwind, so you need a good one...
  2. For anyone that's not on our email list, we have put together a Facebook group to chat, share info, etc. Search for Beneteau First 10r/34.7 Owners Group and ask to join. I think it has potential to be a great resource for us all.
  3. A couple more questions while we have some dialogue going: - Has anyone replaced their saildrive membrane? How hard was it? I assume the fairing plate on the outside of the hull needs to come off - is that possible without destroying it? Any tips? - How about removing the pole for recoating? How do you access the purchase inside the tube to replace the line and/or shockcord?
  4. The jib track in this picture is non-standard for example: https://www.facebook.com/Baltic.Offshore.Week#!/passione.sailing/photos/pcb.843626145657147/843624775657284/?type=1&theater
  5. No takers on my jib-reaching question? Are we alone in our plight?
  6. Those B.O.W. pictures are interesting - I noticed the multiple sets of jib tracks on the side of the coachroof most of the 34.7's have added. I presume these are in place of the standard inhaulers? Also looked like additional outboard tracks for reaching?
  7. Must be the angle - it looks much smaller than I'm used to. The Farr office recommends a max size of 102 m2. Anything over that probably isn't helping much, but shouldn't be hurting you either until the wind gets up and you start spinning out. Yeah - planing isn't gonna happen. It will move pretty good under the right conditions, but a sportboat it is not. We spent a whole day doing between 10 and 14, but it was blowing 25ish and there were decent swells to surf. The wheel gives a good shoulder workout under those conditions, and we averaged about one wipeout per hour...
  8. Nice video NOR. Two observations - you should have your trimmer get where he can see the luff of the sail by cross-sheeting to the windward secondary winch. Second - maybe it's the angle, but I don't think there's any way that sail is 110 m2. It looks like a little A3 reacher to me...?
  9. Anyone have any secrets for white-sail reaching? We consistently find that we do well in windward/leeward work, but then hemorrhage time quickly if the course has any extended close to beam reaching if it's too breezy to carry a kite. I have been wondering if the larger rudder would help with this issue as it would allow us to carry more power with better control. I have noticed that I have trouble holding a consistent course and probably carry too much weather helm. We have learned to depower quickly going upwind to balance the helm, but maybe are just not doing it as well reaching.
  10. Are you sure your instruments are reading correctly? Our's sometimes read a knot or so low when the paddle wheel is fouled even the slightest bit...
  11. [Have the, (I believe original), Harken roller headstay arrangement that can not be tuned, as far as I can find out, unfortunately. It sounds like sense to tighten the headstay in more wind to keep center of effort fwd.] Actually you can still access the turnbuckle to tighten the headstay, though it's a bit of a pain. There's a large pin at the base of the furling unit that holds it down, and some set screws that hold the foil in place at the top of the unit. If you loosen these and let the foil drop down, and pull that pin, you can lift the whole mess up enough to adjust the tension. It takes a few minutes, but it can be done...
  12. The tuning information available for the boat is somewhat sparse, but with some searching you can piece together some good tips. The boat that won Key West in '07 talked about making that specific change to better balance the helm and improve upwind speed. In addition, changing headstay tension agressively according to conditions is the biggest rig adjustment that you should be making. We never change the sidestay tension more than a turn or two, but you can go up to several inches on the headstay to pull the rig forward when it's blowing. It can take some time to get sorted, but once you get dialed in, the boat really goes well. Also, it definitely pays to depower early and to be quick on dumping the traveller. I have the main trimmer keep an eye on the helm and if I have more than a few inches of weather helm on the wheel, he's putting on backstay and easing the traveller. Dragging the rudder sideways is slow...