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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. Actually... I know of an Australian company that builds rectangular LPG bottles for cars.....in aluminium. Of course, don't try this at home kids, on accocunt of engineering, explosions, people dying and stuff.... google it if you must... they exist...
  2. I bet your pos race boat wasn't borrowed from the local club med....
  3. So now you are telling me there are rules in this place? Half the posts in CA are arguments about how fast their 4kntsb is... If it counts, I haven't been on a start line in a few years
  4. The reviews of this book are much better that the one above. The title of the book also seems relevant for this thread...... https://www.amazon.com/Avoid-Huge-Ships-John-Trimmer/product-reviews/0870334336
  5. A slapped together, weather beaten, ill treated, sun damaged, poorly setup, always left salty resort cat with its soft coloured sails will always be disappointing compared to a tuned well maintained race boat. Always. The last resort cat I tried dropped its rig.
  6. I remember the number on the transom. My memory says it was just above the lower pintle. Google suggests that there were a couple of locations. I just don't remember the number having a hin format.. But I am older than some.... There used to be a lot of old lasers with timber rails and boards sitting on the racks unused at my club. No doubt they eventually went as landfill.
  7. I don't remember my laser having a hin. Thought the sail number was stamped on the transom not a hin, but it was aussie built. could be wrong. In any case a 40 year old laser would have had timber rails and boards if I am not mistaken.
  8. Are you sure its 40 years old? Its got plastic grab rails???? Whats the sail # I once lived the student life and the budget that went with it. During my yard/work experience I found it pretty easy to rock up to the local yacht club and get fill in sports on dinghies and keelboats (mostly 505's and etchells) without too much trouble. Last sail? throw in the bin when yer done, and it might end up supplying fittings to a steely world beater! I have no idea how a portland pudgy sails, but the name suggests.....
  9. I did say for nil cost..... Blame my former competitive life if you like, but I cannot see any laser sailor rigging a boat like that and enjoying it whether its a $300 dollar beater boat or not. How much competitive sailing have you done? 170lbs is probably right in the sweet zone for a radial. I only ever raced the full and will tell anyone that listens that the laser is a basic boat that sails well if you are in pain. As a class they are exceptional though and thats why people sail them.
  10. looks like a suckwerth.
  11. TO DO LIST!!!! 10 Class legal Things that will make that laser 1000% better to sail than it is without fronting up cash 1 - Make the traveller loop as tight as possible 2 - Tie your mainsheet to the boom using a stopper knot facing forward so you can get block to block upwind. 3 - cascade your vang using a bowline on the top and lashings on the base. 4- cascade your cunningham 5- Cascade your outhaul by looping around the front of the mast (need longer line here) 6 - clew tie 7 - put your drink bottle on a shockcord led from the traveller lug (aft) through your hiking strap lashing. Becomes auto retrieve. 8 - Teltales 9 - Get on the bike and put some muscle on those legs... 10 - Get on the bike and put some muscle on those legs... 11 = yes I meant to say that twice. Go race it...dont cruise it. Honestly, at the moment that thing must be as unsatisfying as sailing a resort hobiecat. If you want to front up cash get some hiking pants and a new sail. Training sails are cheap these days.
  12. Truth be told smack.....at $350 for a set of stock "plans" from an unqualfied, uninsured "designer" you cannot really expect much for your money, so I guess he delivers....
  13. This is like being the trainer of the worlds fastest turtle.
  14. Of course they will BP. in any field. Talent, effort and sometimes even a bit of luck. My comment wasn't about any one person. Simply a statement of supply does not always equal demand...
  15. Actually BJ, yacht design (and indeed any tertiary course) will knock out graduates as long as there is interest from young people to participate in a course. That is their market. Oversupply of graduates in any field of study can be a problem. Universities are rarely as close to industry as they will have you believe.