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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. Thanks so much!! That is much better! Looking forward to new version! US307
  2. I found some keepers with a string and some things that fit over the end of the frames. There is an adjuster to set the loop size. I put one of those floatey things for your keys on that. So far so good. Thanks for the replies!!
  3. Thanks Paul, We have similar hoist setup, except a cable to "steer" the hoist arm. The problem is dinghies don't have good bridle attach points. I tried making one using hiking strap attachments, but it was a bit unstable. I thought about making the part between the attachment to the boat and the central hoist attachment point rigid, but never got around to doing that. The boat would get unstable side to side and tend to tip over to the side. Fortunately, no damage, but scarey!
  4. Thanks Oz!
  5. That Murphy dude follows me around! I think he/she likes to hang around boats, especially sailboats!
  6. Hi DTA, Wish I had gone to Wurstfest to meet you. I use this case to carry my phone and boat registration. I've had it about 5 years and it works great. I usually keep my glasses on, for very far vision(where the hell is that bouy?) and very near vision (ring dings and checking the phone for messages). http://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/pelican-1060-micro-case#repChildCatid=13052
  7. Oh yeah, my friend from Shreveport said Wurstfest was the best fest! I gotta do that one next year!
  8. Wow! Thanks guys! Some great ideas! Didn't need keepers today wind 0-1 kt. Almost got a good nap in while sailing. Thanks again!
  9. You could try SailX. www.sailx.com It is a sailing game with emphasis on the rules. They have a protest room and tutorials and lots of stuff on tactics and starting etc. It has helped my "in real life" sailing tremendously.
  10. I'm over 60 years old and have shot knees also. I've been sailing a Megabyte for 2 years, and I love it. If you can move around the boat at a reasonably quick rate, aided by some anticipation of the need for the same, you will do fine. I chose the Megabyte after sailing a Sunfish, and it made my knees hurt, because one sits low on a sunfish which puts your knees very bent, which makes them hurt. On the Megabyte my knees are at a natural angle, and the only thing that makes them hurt is kneeling downwind, but you might be able to squat or sit on the side. My 240# self is too much "moveable ballast", so I must get in the center. The boat is quick and responsive. The Zim folks are helpful, and there is a good bit of info on the class site. It takes a little bit of time to rig, but the mast is light enough so that I can do it all myself in 20-30 minutes. It's a great boat for Portsmouth racing, as it has a favorable handicap imho. I have the MKI rig and haven't had too much feeling of being overpowered, but I don't go out in winds much over 18 kts, but as I learn that probably will change. PM me if you have any more questions.
  11. I have a foretrex and the 2nd time I capsized, it got water in it and ruined the screen. Of course it was out of the warranty period, and not sure they cover water anyway. I hear rumblings of bad warranty service, but have no personal experience. The foretrex was something like $156. The compass was not very accurate, but it did have waypoints and a crude gps map. I used it more for finding my way out of the woods at night than for sailing. You could get a VMG figure, but it didn't seem accurate, and you certainly couldn't steer by it.
  12. I'm a little bit older than the OP, and probably not in as good of shape. I sail a Megabyte and an International Tempest(mostly singlehanded). The Tempest is easier on the body, but I can't sail it to it's handicap singlehanded, and only on rare low wind days do I put up the spinnaker singlehanded.(although if you had a spinnaker shute it would be easier). Tempests are getting pretty rare. The neat thing about a Tempest, is that it is fast, but forgiving. If you let go of everything, it will stand up straight. Even when you broach and get the cockpit full of water, you can reach off for a bit and it will drain right out. The Megabyte took me a bit of getting used to, but it is simple and quick. I have capsized it a few times,(fortunately those are getting rarer). It is very easy to right, but a bit hard for an old guy to climb back into, and I made a rope ladder so I can come in over the transom. I was winning the Portsmouth race yesterday, but went the wrong way on the 5th of 6 legs and blew a couple of tacks and came in 4th. I bet several J-22's with spinnakers. The Megabyte is much more comfortable to sit in with bad knees than a Sunfish or Laser. The angle that your knees make while sitting is better and there is a bit more room. You could go see Dominic at Long Beach. He has a fleet of Tempests and probably would let u sail one. I almost got an MCScow, and sometimes wish I had. They are really neat boats. They are hard to right after a capsize, but the one in our club that races has only capsized once in a summer down draft where the wind went from almost nothing to 30 kts plus in about 5 seconds. I was behind him in the Tempest, and put in on a reach and we just went fast!!! Go for it!
  13. Megabyte rights very easily, just a bit hard to get back into for an overweight old guy.
  14. I've been playing with the bungee on the tiller, and I wondered if, in the case of a capsize, that it would allow the boat to sail away instead of heading up and staying close. (I realize, I should grab the sheet or something asap) It does act as an extra hand, and allows me to try to steer with my weight, and see how that works. Boat is a Megabyte.
  15. If you have the time to try SailX, you can learn the rules and a lot about fleet dynamics. You can get in 5-7 races an hour, so there is a lot of repetition with different wind conditions and different current conditions. Steve Hunt did some tutorials that are really good on the basics of racing, they are on SailX and also on you tube, I think. I find SailX especially helpful on planning my downwind moves. Try it. www.sailx.com US307