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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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About Pedal-Force

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  • Birthday 08/07/1988

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    Charlotte, NC
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    Racing bicycles
  1. BOSS - DTS

    Ran when parked.
  2. Soccer or sailing?

    Many sports that are fun in person suck on tv. I race bikes, and on the rare occasion that I watch it, I fast forward to the good parts. Sailing is even worse to watch. Even the AC was kind of boring, and I knew what was happening. Ultimate (Frisbee) would make a great tv product, and is really fun to play too. I love watching soccer though. My wife doesn't get it.
  3. BOSS - DTS

    Looks like the front fell off. So is that fair game or does it belong to someone still? Not that it's worth anything.
  4. Too Windy to Sail - Right?

    I took a Laser out on what looked like a nice Winter day with a fresh breeze once (maybe 15 knots, and sunny). Forecast called for some light snow, nothing else. What I ended up with was very different, and I wouldn't recommend it. I could see the darkness, with the super defined wind line and the almost zero visibility coming down the lake, and I headed for land as fast as I could. I didn't make it to the cove in time. I don't know what the wind speed ended up at, but I couldn't tell the difference between the water being blown off the tops of the whitecaps and the snow blowing sideways. I could only see about 2 feet past the bow, except in lulls when I could see about 10 feet. Luckily I had put the compass on, so I knew which direction the land should be. I'd estimate it was 25 gusting to 40. The boat was unsailable in the gusts, and barely sailable in the lulls. I had to go upwind to get to land. Tacking was basically impossible with capsizing. The board was so far up to keep from capsizing that I went sideways as much as forward. The wind was so loud that despite blowing my whistle, nobody on shore ever heard it (I almost couldn't heard it msyelf). After what seemed like hours (it was actually about 30 minutes) I made it the quarter mile or so back to the cove, where I was in the lee of the trees and it was only blowing 15 again, with visibility mostly back. I was very lucky to be wearing a good drysuit. I wouldn't recommend doing it on purpose.
  5. Knockdown - 1998 Sydney Hobart account

    Fatal Storm was good, but Proving Ground is excellent. Just happened to re-read Proving Ground a couple weeks ago. It had probably been 10 years since I read it. There are some new afterwords and stuff in the latest version that are interesting (and in one case, very, very sad).
  6. All-time Boat Names

    Everything I originally thought of has been said. Any boats that sank in famous races, so all the 98 Hobart boats listed already, plus any of the big ones from that race. I think we've all just read those names too many times to take one. Secret men's business is a freaking awesome name, which makes it more a shame we can't use it. Teignmouth Electron was my second thought after smb. Moth is another. All just too famous. Any old AC boats like mentioned too, Shamrock, America, Defender, Thistle, etc.
  7. Best Nonfiction Sailing book

    So you read it sometime after this thread was started then?
  8. What Could Go Wrong?

    That's the thing, it wasn't going to right, and they knew that. They ended up getting a tug to pull it over I think. I don't remember, I google translated the page yesterday, don't feel like doing it again.
  9. What Could Go Wrong?

    God that boat is ugly. Maybe it was Poseidon doing us all a favor.
  10. Well, that's certainly better than a 28. Probably overpowered, but at least it's center console.
  11. Wait, the lake police there drive a Donzi 28? Seriously? That doesn't look like the best boat for police work. Asset forfeiture, cops get a new toy to go blast around the lake in. According to the internet they'll do about 80 or so. I hate those guys blasting around my busy lake at 80 mph in their fast boats, but at least they aren't the cops.
  12. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    I doubt the sun will ever shine on the bottom of those hulls again. Some of it sees sun whenever it grounds (which is often), but not the bottoms. It wouldn't even survive capsizing, it would just fall apart in the air. If they try to pull it out I suspect it will collapse. It's much better in the water than out.
  13. Clearly. If your boat flips over, doesn't that kind of mean that you didn't have adequate stability at the time? It's not like it got hit by a freighter or something, the boat just flat fell over. Maybe that's normal for power boats, I don't have a ton of experience.
  14. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Well, technically, he probably can't attach anything big enough to hold the FH, to the FH, so it is kind of the boat. Anything big enough probably just rips the front of the boat off.
  15. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Considering he posted at 3 PM today, I'm guessing the FH probably survived.