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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. There was one of those that use to do our local club racing circuit. The owner was about 120 and his wife seemed a bit older. They double handed it and went much faster than you could ever reasonably expect.
  2. The bowman bodge repair is a different topic, but one I can't resist. Doing bow on a small sportsboat my pockets contained leatherman, tape, bits of line and some seizing wire (we used to reset the rig regularly). One breezy wet day the mainsheet man started screaming about the smoke coming out of the hatch around the kite bag. I reached down the hatch and pulled out a handful of wires that connected the small motor bike battery to the basic instruments and the smoke stopped. The lads were initially relived and grateful, but soon started to bitch about the lack of numbers. On the run I managed to rewire them using the seizing wire and electrical tape. I've never been good with electrics, but that was simple enough for me. Your tool kit needs to suit the job, a world cruiser set on a weekender isn't going to help anyone. You're wasting beverage storage.
  3. Yep, they support a bit more roach to help reaching. It might also to be to keep them quiet and also to prolong life, because many boats leave them up all weekend rather than bothering to take them down overnight.
  4. My father in law has an MG335, which can be quite a nice sailing yacht, he however has the winged keel version. When attempting to sail upwind, I'm never sure if the winch handle would be best used to improve sail trim or to beat myself senseless so I don't have to experience it any longer. I've stuck it into the soft UK south coast mud on a number of occasions, and had no more or less trouble getting off than a normal fin keel.
  5. These bad boys know that the mizzen is pointless. They have a rule that if you lose the mizzen during a race you can't do anything to bring it back aboard or move it, you have to leave it how it falls, or retire. If you're lucky and it falls 'well' you'll be quicker around the course than the poor bastards who are still sailing with theirs. According the bloke who builds them they can't be too flat. 8
  6. It is a weep hole. It stops water collecting in the space above the plug and below the lower pennant hole. You push the plug a fraction past the weep hole.
  7. Was I the only one mentally half way through the window replacement project the moment they saw that picture? I bet the bastards used that sealant you can't actually clean off but doesn't seal.
  8. I've always liked the X's. The slightly older race oriented ones are a bargain, as no one wants one. I always liked the 99, the runners scare cruisers off so they're very cheap, might be a bit smaller than you're looking at. The IMXs are bigger.
  9. I remember those from 30 plus years ago when my Dad kept a yacht in Holland for a few years. There were loads of the small ones about and quite a lot of the big ones. They always sailed very well, or they did compared to the bastard IOR offspring everyone else was sailing.
  10. Sorry to hear that, we've had some fantastic sailing in Croatia. Lovely spot, great people. We did notice last summer that anchor lights seemed to be rather optional, for those on buoys and anchors, amused the kids.
  11. As said you need to get the tides right, especially around the headlands, but that's not hard. Loads of places to stop as you require, just check the pilot book for tide/wind direction constraints. Can be quite cold at that time of year, but not a big deal as long as you've got your warm kit with you. Fortunately the coldest air temperatures tend not to be combined with the strongest winds and/or rain. Can get some windy weather in northern Europe at that time of year, but the forcasts are good for days out. You don't get surprised by anything like you can other places at other times. Periods of very bad weather typically only last a few days. You can have beautiful sailing around there at that time of year if you've got some decent warm kit. Edit: Misread sorry. I thought you said you had to go before April. After April obviously just gets warmer with less chance of strong winds. Should be a lovely trip.
  12. 1. Yes. I don't see why you would, the kids really struggle to get enough tension on when adjusting things on the water so why make it hard for them. 2. No. Sprit halyard part to cleat and kicker part to cleat seem to work best with 6mm as it holds best in the cleat. The other parts low stretch. Mainsheet what ever the kids feels comfortable in their hands. Sail ties at the three corners get much higher loads than most would expect, 3mm vectran/dynema best. I understand some of the other points made in this thread, but I can tell you from trying to help the kids just getting into racing that their boats not working makes their life very difficult, and at this point they don't understand that they boat's not helping them. The experienced kids will set their boats up just how they like them with the kit they want. And don't waste your money on one of those stupid tapered mainsheets.
  13. It's very simple, as soon as you're getting overpowered you start to pull it. The more breeze the harder you pull it. You pull it harder and harder until you bust something. Good trimmers on OPB always pull harder than owner trimmers. I've only dropped one rig from too much backstay tension and that was a different issue...
  14. The gents I saw sailing one the other weekend spent quite some time holding it on it's end draining the water out at the end of the day. I've no idea what they might have done to it since they took delivery of it. I would cirtainly want to have a very good look at a couple, and a test sail, before I handed over my card details.
  15. My father in law has the winged keel on his MG 335, it must look something like this. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=mg+335+winged+keel&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAWoVChMIiOms38_WxwIVQu8UCh34IAlY&biw=1920&bih=965#imgrc=5-vrcHhtYicX0M%3A While it’s all right once you’re cracked off a bit, it goes up hill like a fat kid on a bike. Tacking is even worse, it’s going sideways like a BWM on ice until you get some flow over the keel and that can be a frustratingly long time. I remember Crusader mentioned above going on the putty at Burnham. The race officer was on the radio asking them to drop their main so he could see down the start line, and he was getting told to fuck off. As previously stated, getting off the putty is tricky, you can’t just heel it over. Those lifting keels are a different game. I was moored next to a chap in one of those Ovni yachts. He claimed that it ‘went up wind better than you’d expect’, but he did admin it was nothing like a proper fin. I can understand wanting to minimise the draft of your cruising boat.