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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. All it would take to have something to analyze would be to recover one remaining piece of one failed keel bolt from the hull. Here's a photo of an actual keel bolt that failed over a long period of time, progressively, i.e. not suddenly. "examined the pieces under his microscope and reported that the fastener is not galled, had not been over-torqued, did not appear to have a manufacturing defect, and that the failure was clearly a fatigue failure, most likely as a result of repeated flexing due to the fastener not being tight enough. He indicated that a tell-tale indicator of looseness as the cause was that the fastener failed right at the nut, and that a tell-tale indicator of the progressive failure over time was the staining and depth of the crack which had grown over a long period of time to over 60% of the fastener material before failing completely during the tightening procedure." At least that's what the expert at the forensic engineering firm reported.
  2. Some of the story is here http://www.orc.org/SH%20Columns/SH%20ORC%202016%20Dec.pdf
  3. An empty, un-insulated container that goes overboard and floods would become negatively buoyant. Unless steel is less dense than water ...
  4. FYI, the 1/2 day seminars do not meet the VI360 requirements (as I understand them). Highlights of the 2 day course would have to include the practical drills - flares, rig cutting, PFD & life raft in-the-water drills, ...
  5. Cruising Ports: The Central American Route says 49.5'. See preview link here
  6. An update with the fleet is up on the event website at www.vanisle360.com/wp/entry ...
  7. Of interest to sailors participating in the Van Isle 360, the Offshore Personal Safety (Safety at Sea) schedule for BC has been updated for January – April 2017. Information and online registration links are posted online at www.bcsailing.bc.ca/safetyatsea.php. There are two kinds of classes: 1/2 day Safety at Sea seminars, suitable for Southern Straits and similar coastal races, and 2 day Offshore Personal Safety classes, Sail Canada - World Sailing Approved, suitable for offshore or oceanic races including Van Isle 360, Vic-Maui, etc. Note that 2 day Offshore Personal Safety classes are scheduled for Victoria in January and West Vancouver in March, and that these classes will open for general registration on November 17 at 7:00 a.m. Space is limited and early registration is recommended. Additional classes may be offered, subject to demand and also subject to availability of facilities and instructors. Two pricing notes for the 2 day Offshore Personal Safety classes: (1) Early bird pricing is in effect for people who register early. (2) Renewals: participants who have previously taken this training in BC are eligible for a 25% reduction in the registration fee. For anyone who needs this type of training to participate in an event, we would recommend registering early for a confirmed class. The Van Isle 360 NoR specifies the safety training requirements.
  8. Winds at Lahaina peaked at SE 30 G 35, seas 3-5 feet. Boats: some in harbor, some on moorings with or without an anchor watch. All fine. Moorings very solid, one held a 110,000 pound vessel. Some boats to Honolulu, haven't heard about those.
  9. The post-Darby wave of Vic-Maui boats should start arriving around midnight tonight HST.
  10. I am migrating to a new laptop. I contacted Expedition by email for a replacement license key for the new laptop. Nick replied in under 3 minutes with the new key. You just can't get better than that! That's just the latest experience I've had in something like twelve years of hyper-responsive customer service from Expedition. Go ahead, tell your own story of exceptionally good customer service. It may inspire more people to do business with Expedition. Or, it may inspire other vendors to do a similarly great job for their customers. Either way, it's a win for everyone.
  11. Greenpeace ...
  12. A+T Instruments describes a Fastnet FFD GFD replacement - anyone have any direct experience with these? http://www.aandtinstruments.com/home/products/ http://www.aandtinstruments.com/aandt_wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/MFD-Specifications-V1.5.pdf I have no connection to them.
  13. Sometimes the heavy jib is flown as a spinnaker wrap preventer, and for quicker recovery from wipeouts.
  14. Vic-Maui uses a historical wind matrix. The wind matrix used for 2014 is on the event website here 2016 TBD.
  15. Assuming this is a reply to the OP, I think it is correct. I can think of a number of boats that have cockpit drain arrangements that include drains aft through the transom and that do not have 'cockpits opening aft to the sea'. It also seems to me that the proposed opening would more than comply with the cockpit drain cross sectional area required for cockpit drains. 3.09.8 b - in yachts with earliest of age or series date 1/72 and later - at least that of 4 x 20mm diameter (3/4 inch) unobstructed openings or equivalent (italics mine)