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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. I don't think that that lets the destroyer bridge crew off the hook. If they were awake they could/should/would have taken avoiding action.
  2. Some more info here CBC Canada
  3. With the ability to sleep 4 and have a proper loo on the wish list I am surprised no one has mentioned a Catalina 30.Roomy layout and they sail well. One with an Atomic 4 or a OB should be around 5k [diesel a fair bit more.] I would be looking for the deep draft tall rig version.
  4. I am a wrinkly single handing a 44 ft cutter some of the time. I am considering replacing my Barient 32 primary winches with Pontos 4 speed winches. Defender have them at $2.3k US just now. I am also thinking about the electric option too Lewmars would be around $4.1k May just finish up with a 15 inch custom winch handle.
  5. Boy were you ever lucky especially at that time of the year.
  6. Sub judice now [well in the UK at least]
  7. Do yourself a major favor and buy a box of nitrile gloves for use when working with epoxy. Try really hard to avoid acetone on your skin OR ON YOUR GLOVES. If you get acetone on your gloves time for a new pair. A box or two of nitrile gloves could save you from needing a liver transplant. Also avoid dry sanding cured epoxy. without really good protection. Head to toe suits and a positive airflow mask is not overkill. There are a lot of people who have become sensitized to epoxy and now have to steer well clear of the stuff. I know as I am one.
  8. Springs can be 30 ft Neaps about 10 -12 ft. Both can be influenced by Westerly gales.
  9. Don't overthink this. Mix in some silica filler till you have the consistency of THICK peanut butter. Fill the hole getting it level. It should not sag. Use parcel tape over the repair if you want to be sure. If you have not bought the West System stuff yet why not use Marinetex.
  10. I would avoid chartering out of Grenada if you can. You will be going North East and that can mean 25 to 30 knots right on the nose. I love the Eastern Caribbean and have been a cruising liveaboard out here for years now. I have had many pleasant sails from Grenada to Carriacou BUT I WAIT TILL THE WIND GOES WELL SOUTH OF EAST. That may mean waiting weeks at times. St Vincent is a better starting point. A one way charter from St Lucia or St Vincent to Grenada would be my recommendation Let the delivery captain slam his way upwind. . Alternatively you can charter out of Union Island which puts you right in the heart of the Grenadines.
  11. No the Eastern Caribbean is terrible. Nobody should come and sail here. Beam reaching at hull speed between islands is just too awful for words. Not having big tidal ranges is just so boring. The water never gets cold so you have to swim off the back of the boat all the year round Being able to stock up with cheap French wine beer cheese and coffee at a supermarket with it's own dinghy dock makes the living so hard. There are no fresh produce markets anywhere,, no limes no mangoes no grapefruit so you will get scurvy. The girls all were burkas and nobody dances in the streets. They only race really old boats, some are over a 100 years old not a bit of carbon fibre or kevlar to be seen, they are living in the past. The most terrible thing of all is the choices you have to make over the rum. Some costs as much as 7$ us a gallon, some is so strong at 86% ALCOHOL the airlines ban it and some is best consumed in cocktails like painkillers to help you forget the all round trauma of having to live out here.
  12. At least look at a Catalina 30 before buying anything. Best 30 ft layout for a liveaboard.A bit of searching should find a diesel for sub 10k.
  13. There wisnae ony loud music. There wisnae ony hard sailing. There wisnae ony rain so it wisnae Scotland. Where are trading Standards when you need them.
  14. There have been at least three instances of mooring failure at Saba. Visitors to Saba BEWARE.
  15. I have rented fro Hunters yard. The boats are beautiful relics of sailing history but sail really well. They have to as the waterways are often narrow and you tack when the bowsprit is parting the reeds and just about to hit the waterside trees. Engines? What engines.