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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. Bareboat charter in 2nd week of May

    Early May is still ahead of Caribbean hurricane season, but it's no longer high season there. You could do the classic BVI trip via St. Thomas. Another option might be The Bahamas, and the Abacos in particular. Getting there might require the extra step of a puddle jumper from Florida (PBI, MIA, FLL) or Nassau. The Chesapeake could be nice by then too. It will still be cold for swimming, but you should have warm days and relatively empty harbors (and possibly actual wind). BWI is a fairly inexpensive destination airport and close to charter options on the bay.
  2. Sailing Books for Children

    Also for Scuppers the Sailor Dog and One Morning in Maine. Another very good one is Amos and Boris. Slightly nautical and perennially good are The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge (a personal favorite), The Little Island, and Circus Ship. And The Wind in the Willows, though not sailing per se, is a wonderful book for older kids. “There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats. Simply messing.” Those are words I live by.
  3. Mesh Lifeline netting

    All of the thoughts above are excellent, and nothing - NOTHING - can substitute for constant vigilance and a wearing good life jacket. With our daughter, we did not put nets on until she was fully mobile, and even today they are only around the cockpit and pushpit (we can close off access to the bow via the dodger). They're ugly but they offer a decent extra layer of protection. Here are a few other things we have noted: 1) PFDs. We tried a number of life jackets with her and found that the Canadian Salus brand (available via The Binnacle online) was the best for her safety and comfort. Yes, it's not USCG certified, but I trust the Canadians, and I am aware that getting foreign PFDs certified in the US is more about bureaucratic hassle than actual safety measures. 2) Swimming. We enrolled her in ISR - Infant Swim Resource - for a summer when she was 1 year old. It's great. All it does is get infants and toddlers to learn how to float and slowly make their way to the side of the pool. It's not about strokes; it's about survival. It's geared towards suburbanites with backyard pools, but the lessons impart to boating. We would have kept it up, but there are no longer any certified instructors within a reasonable commute for us. 3) When down below, she gets the enclosed cabin to herself (her "playpen"), unless mom wants to join her. We had lee cloths made to keep her enclosed as an infant and young toddler, which worked for a couple of summers. Last year (approaching her 3rd birthday) she figured out how to climb over them. We also have locks on the slats at the companionway hatch to help keep her down below at night. I often sleep in the quarter berth adjacent to the hatch as well. We're not totally there yet, and until I know that she can swim safely out of any situation I'll still be fully on guard. But it has been a fun few summers cruising with her, and just a few weeks ago she started asking about when the boat is going back in the water (she's all of 3 1/2). We all cannot wait to get back out there.
  4. Bareboat Charter in the Baltic. . .tips?

    On a serious note, read The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers before heading that way. While most of it is set along the North Sea coast, there is a noteworthy excursion through the canal to the Baltic and up to Flensburg. It's also a great sailing story and the prototype for the spy novel.
  5. Bareboat Charter in the Baltic. . .tips?

    Isn't this how VHF calls in Germany go?
  6. USS Lexington CV-2 discovered after 76 years

    I agree about the stacks, but the gun turrets belie their age - they were built when battleships, not carriers, were still believed to be the core fighting force of a navy.
  7. EC2018 Thread

    That was a fun event. DeSea was dominating the juniors at that point in time (I never caught him during those years). Great photo.
  8. USS Lexington CV-2 discovered after 76 years

    Wow! The Lady Lex was also the first US carrier to be sunk in World War II. And while the Battle of the Coral Sea tends to get short shrift versus Midway a mere month later, it was just as important in stymieing the Japanese advance. Very cool. Thanks for sharing.
  9. Worldwide Solent Alternatives?

    Looks like the column labels here are misaligned to the left by one column...
  10. Asheville, NC

    ...and in the highly unlikely event you do get bored, Charleston is a fairly quick hop down (both on the map and in elevation) I-26...
  11. Good call on mentioning Wrightsville Beach. It may be one of the most underappreciated small boat sailing venues in the entire country - where else does one get to race Lightnings or Lasers or Sunfish in open ocean swells? (Oh, and about those swells: they are crystalline blue and warmed by the nearby Gulf Stream. After racing you come back ashore and enjoy a drink from the bar on the upper deck of the Carolina YC, while the sea breeze naturally cools you down. Pure bliss. But still a 2 hour drive from the Triangle.)
  12. Sailing & Racing in/near Manchester UK

    The legendary West Kirby Sailing Club, home of the Wilson Trophy.
  13. Warren Miller, RIP

    RIP. He brought more fun to more people than just about anyone in the second half of the 20th century (save maybe the late Hobie Alter).
  14. Italy Anarchy

    Was about to say the same thing (and I even have the same opinion about Turner). Caravaggio's paintings are scattered around Rome, including in churches like at the Piazza del Popolo as well as the Vatican Museum art gallery (which is off the main path to the Sistine Chapel, but worth it). I also agree on St. Teresa in Ecstasy, as well as the Rape of Persephone in the Borghese Gallery. No one has ever made ostensibly religious sculpture as palpably erotic as Bernini did. My ideal return to Italy would look something like this: 1) Arrive in Rome, stay in a BnB in Trastevere or near the Piazza Navona. 4 days, with a day trip to Ostia Antica. Vatican museums, Borghese Galleries, churches and Roman monuments galore. Good food and a fun evening scene are to be found around Piazza Navona. 2) Rent a car, driving north through Umbria and Tuscany. Pick 2 or 3 towns to stay at BnBs and maybe an agriturismo for a couple of nights. Best if you can spend at least 2 nights at each location, day-tripping by car out during the day. You can take as long as you like during this phase, but make sure it's at least 3 or 4 days. Good day stops are Orvieto, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Castiglione del Lago (I spent 2 weeks there for Lightning Worlds 5 years ago and loved Castiglione - if you stay there, I cannot recommend Antica Gabella enough), Cortona, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Poggibonsi and San Gimignano, etc... 3) Florence. 2-3 days here. You can stay in town, but if you don't want to ditch the car, then the hilltown of Fiesole overlooking Florence is a great place to hang your hat. Michelangelo is the big guy here, but also have fun looking at Brunelleschi's structures and Masaccio's frescoes. 4) 2-3 days up from Florence to Venice. Bologna is a great place to spend the next night. Day trip through Ravenna for mosaics, then up to either Vicenza or Verona. Another pit stop has to be Padua for Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel. Don't miss the baptistery at the Padua cathedral - the roof mosaic is spectacular. Alternately, head to Lake Garda and the Dolomites, themselves worthy of trips alone. 5) Ditch the car at the Venice airport, then 3-4 days renting an apartment in Venice. Stay in a peripheral Sestiere like Santa Croce or Cannaregio - that's where the few real Venetians still live, and you won't be more than a 20 minute walk from San Marco anyway. Make sure to see the Frari church and its heavenly Titian altarpiece. The two Palladio churches opposite the Giudecca canal are worth a stop - at San Giorgio Maggiore I happened upon some monks selling exquisite woodcuts (that now hang in my dining room) for something like 10 Euros each. Dine near where you're staying and not anywhere near the Rialto or San Marco, and avoid the 'tourist menus'. You should be fine then. Look also for small standing bars or cafes where the locals might be nibbling cicchetti after work. Piazza Santa Margherita in Dorsoduro is the place to go for a nightcap after dinner. Fly home from Venice, but if you take the train to Milan for your flight home, then make sure you see Michelangelo's Pieta Rondanini in the Sforza gallery. It is his final, unfinished, raw, passionate, work, and you'll now have come full circle from his youthful Pieta at St. Peter's. And most importantly, explore! Go down that interesting alleyway. Stop your car at that vineyard or follow the signs to the random Roman monument in the field. With a phone GPS, you'll never actually be totally lost anyway.
  15. Webb Chiles buys a Condo

    Welcome Webb to the SC Lowcountry! It's not his kind of cruising per se, but gunkholing around the rivers, bays, beaches, and islands between Charleston and Hilton Head can provide weeks of interesting adventures. Beaufort (BYEW-furt) is a gem of a town. Some of the uninhabited islands and hummocks of Port Royal Sound, St. Helena Sound, the North and South Edisto Rivers, and the Stono River are great places to anchor for the night. Charleston Harbor is merely a long day's sail away.