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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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    Waikiki YC, Grenada YC, LA, NY, and Maine

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  1. Of course, Bobsled had Smyth Sails, and ML had North. So there was that.
  2. F-31 fan here. Try one before spending your cash. Especially, take girls with you on the test sail. Once you sail fast, its hard to go slow. An F-31 is about the same speed as a TP52 until the sheets are eased, then its fundamentally faster. Much, much more fun. 4 sails to be extremely competitive: main, jib, screecher, chute. Handling the screecher or chute is so much easier than on any monohull you will be truly amazed.
  3. Rather have that tall square top than that stupid overlapping headsail.
  4. Seems silly to hand fly it to land. No judgement means human should not be in the loop.
  5. I am surprised there is no mode to just visually fly at some target. The target being a net of course.
  6. What happened?
  7. Absolutely sucks this total lack of real time viewing coverage. So frustrating!!
  8. I am 100% with Shark and _Scott_ on this one. Not 90%. 100%. CRA is 100% in the wrong, for those reasons. Any idiot can understand those reasons. Anyone who has been involved in the sport long enough to be a PRO must understand viscerally those reasons. Hiding behind "rules is rules" for Beer Can racing is lame. Lame. Stay off my boat lame. Stay out of my fleet lame. Stay home and watch TV lame.
  9. Seems a weird restriction to not have racks. Racks are fun, fast, and very cheap to add to a boat, and they can fold up, so little impact on finding a slip or trailering or keeping in the YC dry storage yard. Trapeze is fun. Trapeze from racks: simply amazing.
  10. I am enjoying the process of restoring a 1983 Olson 40 at Steve Brown's shop, Finco Fabrication. It is not a cheap process, but as someone said, much cheaper than a 2017 boat. $10K for new winches alone. New everything. New wiring. New plumbing. New sprit, keel, keel floors, rudder, prop, shaft, strut, rebuilt diesel. All new paint. Minor interior wood work. And its taking longer than planned, but I'd rather have it done well than done yesterday.
  11. Twice I've set off "forever" but after about a year, was very excited to get back to work. I have always really enjoyed my jobs, and enjoyed my businesses even more. Now, I'm just about to turn 60. Lisa bought us a boat, we are totally refurbishing it, so its going to be all new, and quite simple. The intent is for the boat to be a "magic carpet" where we can go wherever we want, whenever we want. Its not really so we can live on it forever. But it will be sufficient to live aboard for unlimited amounts of time. We will choose the limits, and I will not be surprised if that limit is again about a year. I am totally with BJ on the concept that I really like spending all my time with my wife. Since retiring 5 years ago, except for one much-more-work-than-I-signed-up-for but quite successful stint with a start-up, we have been together just about every day, all day. We met doing a trans Atlantic, so we have always had lots of together time since the day we met. Hence, its not a problem, its what we enjoy. I prefer very simple infrastructure. We've removed the water maker and SSB, and all the old electronics. No bimini or davits. No generator, a simple refer system, one head. Probably no roller furler! If it can fuck up when its really needed, we don't need it. If we can do without it, we won't re-install it. If we find out later we want it, no problem, it can be added later. Not trying to be a luddite, just trying to ensure we enjoy the adventure. Never been one to pay attention to keeping score. Been much more driven by novel experiences, and by the people I meet. So I don't have any need to prove I can live for decades aboard, or that I can circumnavigate, or that any of these sailing plans are really anything more than an intent. So while we have a plan (or intent) to do the Baja Ha Ha 2017, Panama before New Years, Winter/Spring in the Caribbean, and Summer 2018 in Maine, we really don't need to do all, or any of those things, to be happy with the boat and with life.
  12. A wooden boat? Really? There are so many fiberglass boats that are as beautiful, much faster, much cheaper to maintain, and much less likely to fall apart underneath you in heavy conditions. Wooden boats were essentially disposable boats: build it, sail it a season or two, and feed it to the fireplace over the winter. The early fiberglass production boats were usually rather traditional in appearance. Due to the racing rule at the time, CCA, that encouraged overhangs, keel centerboard, and yawl or ketch rigs, those boats work very well cruising. For small boats around 24 feet, there are many good ones to choose from. Lapworth and Cal 24s were essentially identical, with the L24 having a fixed deeper keel, the Cal having a keel centerboard. S&S designed a very similar Dolphin 24, which I think is just a little better in every way except for speed where its increased displacement hurts a tiny bit. Any of these: http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listing/cache/searchResults.jsp?cit=true&slim=quick&ybw=&sm=3&searchtype=homepage&Ntk=boatsEN&Ntt=&is=&man=&hmid=102&ftid=0&enid=0&type=(Sail)&fromLength=10&toLength=30&fromYear=1950&toYear=1970&fromPrice=0&toPrice=&luom=126&currencyid=100&city=&pbsint=&boatsAddedSelected=-1
  13. Reverse bows, or blunt bows, or even plumb bows, are simply a silly fashion. The bow shape that works best is that of the 5o5. I won't even include "IMHO" because its simply so clearly superior. As the shape diverges from that form, it gets worse. More overhang means more weight forward. A lower knuckle means less dynamic lift hence more wave drag. A more vertical stem means more water on deck, and far more work by the boat lifting that water vertically. And even on a 16 footer, the loss of waterline length is less of a negative than the increase in dynamic lift forward is a boost. So rather than "boring" my comment is "silly."