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      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. The best sailing film for a long time

    Although not a sailing move, the mainstream Hollywood docudrama "The Perfect Storm" was a good watch.
  2. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    Agreed. Appel's a different breed than Rimas, she's more cognizant about super-basic sailing skills. But that's not saying much. Reid Stowe has both of them beat by miles.
  3. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    I too was piqued by the IIBMP Rimas recommendation and cooked a bag on my boat, being backpacker always looking for a cheap alternative to $7.00USD/serving freeze dried fare (which is quite tasty and filling) but ridiculously expensive.. Easy to fix (hot water + some stirring), pleasant to gulp down, but, the package makes much more than you can possibly eat in one meal, and, the next morning you're facing a concrete-like goo more appropriate for caulking than eating. Not good for one, really good for two to 5 hungry sailors. Apparently it's somewhat nutritious: Instant potatoes contribute to your daily energy intake. A 1-cup serving of instant potatoes contains 204 calories and all three essential macronutrients -- proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It provides 4 grams of protein, which your body can use for tissue repair and to maintain your hormone balance. Instant potatoes also provide 23 grams of carbohydrates per serving, including 1.7 grams of dietary fiber, a type of carbohydrate that lowers your risk of heart disease. Each serving of instant potatoes also contains 11 grams of total fat, including 7 grams of harmful saturated fat. Dehydrated potatoes (and frozen Tater Tots which are mucho more tasty) were "invented" by JR Simplot of Idaho , which made him rich and contributed to the US success in WWII. I carry a bag or two whenever I'm out and about, but don't fire them off unless I'm in extremis and need to feed a crowd unexpectedly.
  4. The best sailing film for a long time

    "With its allegorical layers and unresolved puzzles, Crowhurst’s tragic fate has proven irresistible to numerous artists over the decades, inspiring more than a dozen stage plays, novels, poems, operas, songs and visual art projects. Long before Rumley and Marsh, several filmmakers already tackled this story, notably Jerry Rothwell and Louise Osmond in their prize-winning 2006 documentary Deep Water." Deep Water was a B/W(?) near pure documentary with some reenactments. "The greatest challenge was probably the fact that after Crowhurst sets sail there is very little material to either reveal or illustrate what happened on his voyage. There were about eight minutes of footage of him on his boat, several hours of audio recordings, some telegrams home and his log." I found it interesting, but more like a 60 Minutes presentation than a drama movie. Strangely, a second contemporary Crowhurst movie, entitled "Crowhurst", will be released soon after "Mercy": "World-premiered last week at Oldenburg International Film Festival, 'Crowhurst' is also newsworthy because it coincides with a forthcoming big-screen dramatization of the same events, The Mercy, made with a stellar cast on a significantly larger budget. Directed by James Marsh (The Theory of Everything), the rival production will star Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. In a bizarre tactical move, Studio Canal are set to release both films, having bought the rights to Crowhurst with a contractual stipulation to launch it theatrically soon after rolling out 'The Mercy'." Surely enough grist to keep Crowhurst aficionados atwitter. But the backstory about the: "Sunday Times Golden Globe Race was a non-stop, single-handed, round-the-world yacht race, held in 1968–1969, and was the first round-the-world yacht race. The race was controversial due to the failure of most competitors to finish the race and because of the suicide of one entrant; however, it ultimately led to the founding of the BOC Challenge and Vendée Globe round-the-world races, both of which continue to be successful and popular." Is more profound than Crowhurst's sad demise. Those that care can learn a lot about the 1968 GGR by reading the excellent Wikipedia compendium @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunday_Times_Golden_Globe_Race .
  5. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    More pearls of wisdom:
  6. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    That route is highly unlikely, given 5 months Appel would have to had averaged 4kn to make 90 mile days continuously. Given the sad state of her rigging and statements that soon after the Force 11 storm they only used a reefed main and partially rolled up jib at most, and used a kiteboard kite in the latter stages of the voyage one could assume her headway was more like 0-2kn. Impossible, a well sailed S&J 45 is still a heavy under canvassed pig, especially with the single spreaders short boom spars, and 6 tons of fiberglass added to the hull doesn't improve things. Oh, I get it now, this route is a sarcastic joke. But it does beg the question, based on Appel's statements about raising land near several remote archipelagos (ignore the "Devil's Triangle" fix) her route could be reconstructed for a better idea of her actual route. I suspect it's closer to 4,000 to 6,000 miles than some grand tour of the Pacific.
  7. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    I find her communication problems explanation curious. Apparently the "antenna issues" were the 4' whip antenna at the masthead failed, which implies a VHF antenna. She's also stated they had a "ham" (or possibly SSB) transceiver aboard, which typically uses the backstay as an antenna. Also a Sat-Phone, which includes an integrated antenna in the handset. One would assume they also had a handheld VHF. VHF transmissions typically reach out 25 miles or so with a masthead antenna and typically receive much further when communicating with the USCG because they have high power beam antennas located on headlands. Except in tropospheric ducting conditions, where VHF can travel thousands of miles, quite rare in the waters the SEA NYMPH traversed. But, thinking your VHF has a 200 mile range typically, that's insane. HAM/SSB is the blue water sailor's com-link of choice, except if you can afford INMARSAT or equivalent. HAM/SSB is good for thousands of miles but it takes some skill to operate and a serious antenna setup. I doubt Appel's daily calls were through her alleged HAM/SSB transceiver, especially considering such transceivers gobbles up some serious amperage which requires a good onboard electrical system. A Sat-Phone is a bit dodgy, there's times when an Iridium/GlobalStar linkup will fail due to local constellation coverage (which will become available in 30 minutes or so later), although around the equator InmarSat should 100% linkup if your antenna has a clear view. Many days of attempting a link should result in a link. The problem with Sat-Phones is you gotta pay and keep your subscription up or it no workie. Appel claims the Sat-Phone never worked; I suspect there was a problem with her handset or the billing subscription was suspended. Therefore it's most likely the scenario Appel posits is that she broadcast a daily VHF Pan-Pan but heard no response. Well duh, you're not going to reach anybody if your antenna is missing. There's so many things wrong here. In the remote Pacific Ocean there's nobody to hear you, and nobody to hear. When near major VHF shore stations or other boats your VHF can *receive* strong signals even with a compromised antenna which cannot transmit. And in populated areas the VHF transmissions are incessant, the USCG securite' announcements, fishing boats, yada-yada, you'll know if your VHF is having reception problems. It's the CB radio of the ocean. A cheap safety item is a backup antenna for your ship VHF if your antenna goes bollocks or the mast gets shorter. Pounding 25w into a 14" antenna can get results. Appel claims communication with folks at Christmas Island and other near shore VHF encounters; sounds like she had a handheld 5w VHF, which are only good for a few miles. Her expertise concerning radio communications is suspect.
  8. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    I saw Zac Sunderland speak at a yacht club a few months after his voyage. It was not pretty. He stumbled a lot on sailing jargon and obviously wasn't the sharpest tack in the carpet. He said he held the record for youngest to circumnavigate at the time of his voyage. Not true, the WSSRC did not ratify his voyage (engine use and other problems), although the ASA did. He also spent considerable time promoting his plan to singlehand the Northwest Passage and asking for donations. I don't think he got any . . . Appel, on the other hand, would be hilarious to hear, assuming the moderator(s) didn't just throw softballs.
  9. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    Let the lecture tour begin!
  10. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    Tahsa's getting a little bit snarky on FaceBook: "Tasha Fuiava Jen, you need to get some sleep... First, a couple of them spoke broken down English -but you were on the bridge (on the radio) so ya probably didn't notice. Secondly, we're not sure if all typhoons are classified as tsunamis. But ha hah ha, sharing =]"
  11. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    From Appel's FaceBook press release: "However, once the 100 ton steel fishing boat towing Sea Nymph backed into our 25 ton fiberglass vessel, [ . . ]" Not true. A stock Starrett & Jenks 45 weighs 15 tons. And Appel's claim of adding 6 tons of fiberglass to the hull is highly unlikely, given the amount of time she had to work on the boat prior to embarking.
  12. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    From Appel's FaceBook press release: "As for other boats not seeing our flares... the other boats in the ocean missed the flares that were shot when the Titanic sunk, too." Not true: "Meanwhile, the SS Californian, which was the last to have been in contact before the collision, saw Titanic's flares but failed to assist."
  13. Keel Blocks Winter Storage

    I know him. He's actually quite rational, but does have a quirky sense of humor. He imbibes regularly at Fiddler's Green, but I wouldn't call him a drunk. That's in comparison to other friends, who definitely are drunks, so my outlook may be biased.
  14. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    Standard storage location for the main halyard if you have a soft vang setup. Keeps the boom from crashing to the deck if the topping lift fails.
  15. ......another ferro-cement boat thread

    Yup, you're right, the Blue Moon is across the freeway in the University District, about three miles away from Ballard. I meant to say the Sloop Tavern, not the Blue Moon. And the boat was built in Old Ballard, near 20th & Leary Avenues+-. And I didn't see the boat splash, just getting trucked away from the burnt down build site, so I don't know specifically that a Travel Lift was used, but rest assured even back then the shipyards had plenty of equipment for launching boats of all sizes. I was working at the propeller repair shop next to the 14th Avenue boat ramp at the time, and the fire was a big deal, reported on in the Ballard News Tribune. Can't find the cite in the Web, though, probably because it was about 40 years ago.