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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. Uh, you guys are forgetting the tax angle. Buy or long term rent a place, prove you are there 6 mos/yr and you can become a Florida resident. No state income tax. High income tax states like Ohio, New York. For instance if you live in NY, you pay 6.6% on a family income of $150,000. As a Florida resident you would save $9900/yr in taxes or $825/mo.
  2. 2008 Mills race at night on my old Sabre 28. Lightning way off in the distance. Full main and the number 2 up. Crew gets on their foulies because lights on shore disappear. They sensed that it was going to rain. Wrong! It was the approaching microburst picking off the tops of waves. Apparent went from 18knots to 70knots in an instant. Boat heeling about 45 degrees into the wind. Huge bang, center of mast blows out and over the side without hitting the deck. Top 2/3 of mast over the side with sails. Garhauer boom vang twisted like a pretzel and hung up on lifelines still attached to part of the boom. Vang had ripped out at base of mast. Harken aluminum head foil still attached to head of the mast over the side but mangled into several crazy angles. As soon as the mast exploded, boat went from 45 degrees heel to negative heel. The 4 crew on rail got their feet wet and then got lifted a bit off the deck when the boat popped back. After mast was gone, boat goes abeam to wind and waves pitching pretty violently. Bad things- 1. Sails over side full of water were too much to bring full of water and tangles with rig. 2. The head stay was hard to get undone with 2 locknuts holding threaded pin. Wife had to lay flat on violently pitching bow with a wrench on the nuts while crew wedged himself in the bow pulpit above her and loosened the nuts. It didn't help that she got dunked a couple of times by waves. 3. The sickening noise of the rig bashing into the hull in the waves was a bit scary. It sounded like the rig was coming through the hull. Thankfully it was a Sabre. Good things. 1. I had just installed wrap pins on turnbuckles. It was easy to pull the velcro straps and pins in the dark and unscrew the turnbuckles. 2. Losing the rig, standing rigging, running rigging, vang, furler, and sails made the insurance claim easier to file. Claims adjuster " can we send someone out to look at your rig?" Me- " All of it is in the mud about 35 ft down in the vicinity of coordinates ....." Adjuster " OK- that's all right". 3. On the motor in to Put in Bay, my wife said- well at least we don't have to fold any wet sails and it will be dry in the boat tonight. Fortunately I had good crew. One fireman/paramedic in his first race, one physician, one county sheriff, one Methodist minister for moral support and my wife who was energized probably because she was pissed off because I got her into this mess.
  3. I think ORR-EZ is probably a good idea for the Shore course in the BYC Mac. It addresses some issues like the multitude of credits that DRYA PHRF issues for various sail configurations and equipment along with some local bias that has crept into their ratings. The cost at $100 for the first year is not onerous. That being said, here is where it runs off the rails for 2017. 1. Let's say you have a Tupperware 34 from Cleveland and you want to do the race. In the planning stages you obviously are concerned how you stack up rating wise and whether you meet the minimum stability index. So where do you find that information? ORR stability index list used to be published on the USSA website. No longer there and not on the ORA website. No list of ratings anywhere on the web. Anybody have a link? 2. BYC is having a seminar on 3-3, which is a Thursday night to explain ORR-EZ. Jim Teeters, the architect of the rule and developer of the VPP used will be there. That's great, but the 300 mile round car trip on a work night is a bit of a stretch. Couldn't they have done the seminar on a Saturday? 3. Without a list of ratings for known boats in the race how do you know ahead of time whether your rating is even mildly competitive? Like other rating systems there are always outliers. Is your boat one of them? Who knows. Does your boat meet the rating limit for the Shore course? I guess you will have to pay the $100 to find out. It would be nice to know before you plop down $450 for the race, $100 for a certificate, $1,200 for transportation, supplies, and incidentals. Add in the cost to comply with the safety regs and you can easily spend $2,500 on this race for a fairly small boat. If I didn't know any better I'd say that this is being run like a glorified BYC club race. To attain the critical mass of the Chicago Mac, the BYC committee needs look further than Lake St. Clair in appealing to prospective racers. Part of the problem is the limited information and administration of ORR-EZ. Is it ready for prime time? Right now ORR-EZ should be renamed ORECK (http://www.oreck.com/) because it sucks so bad on a strictly informational level. Hopefully it will improve.
  4. Meltemi mix from Nautos USA . Made by Lanex. I have a 3:1, 6:1 main sheet. This stuff has a great hand and does not kink. Not as high tech as some of the others mentioned but more than enough for job. On sale now and super cheap at about .60/ft for 10mm. Used it for season and crew was happy with it because it ran great and the 85 ft of main sheet didn't kink or hockle.
  5. New rating rule that is subset of ORR. Purportedly, the BYC Mac is using this for all boats instead of PHRF including shore course and cruising classes. Rumor has it that special one time cost of $125 for BYC Mac participants normally around $300, Annual dues to be ??? https://offshoreracingassociation.org/orr-ez Anybody else heard anything?
  6. Grand Daughter got out this morning from New Smyrna Beach. Their house is right on South Atlantic in Bethune Beach. Extremely narrow part of island with Beach across the street and lowland backwaters 30 feet from their back deck. Property is 12 feet above sea level. Looks bad with hiigh winds, surge and flooding all distinct possibilities. The house might survive since it is steel frame construction, poured walls,hurricane shutters and first level with garages and other non essential rooms. Living area on 2nd and 3rd floors are 22 feet above sea level, Fingers crossed, worst case is that whole section of the island gets washed away
  7. Snow Flurries, not many. 7 boats at dock that came over from the Fall Bay which had 40 boats. We are not going due to weather, crew apathy, lack of time to deliver boat. Crew not up for rain on Saturday with 4 knots of wind. Sad because this used to be a great regatta. My guess is it is down to 20 boats this year.
  8. Greg Group , Cleveland east Fritz Everson- Vermilion West. What boat?
  9. Fleet will start getting wet in the next hour or so. Good news is the severe stuff has softened. Looks like some gusts and a bit of rain. Temps behind front are 20-30 degrees cooler.
  10. So Sid when do you think the storms rolling in will hit the fleet? Right now the big stuff is west/ southwest of Minneapolis. Possible late tonight for the big boats?
  11. OK on the old WD. Since the ratings are ORR no handicappers involved. Wild guess is that they had it remeasured and they changed something like the E measurement. The
  12. The old Windancer is now Dynamis which was ex Cynosure,a SC70. The previous Windancer is now Sagamore (N/M 68,ex Pororoca) which has had some changes but is still the slowest rated of the GL 70s. Looks like the old Nitemare is back and now called Warpath.
  13. Lake Erie is at it again. http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/cleveland/4-rescued-from-lake-erie-in-separate-incidents/197100619 Interesting video. Lucky Canadians since Canada doesn't have a helicopter on the lake and this was in Canadian waters. Maybe the US Coast Guard can send Ontario a bill.
  14. The Tartan 33 is a pretty good boat and worth 25-30K in good condition. They made 2 models, the 33 with fractional rig and the 33R with mast head. The 33 had the Scheel keel. S&S Design. Later on Tartan brought out masthead version with the Scheel Keel and extended the transom 8" and called it the 34-2. Same boat but with Jackett as the designer. No more royalty fees to S&S. If keel sump is good this could be a great boat. They reach very well but not that great in light air with the fractional. Probably worth a shot.
  15. Don't forget the S2 9.1 and the venerable Pearson 30. 9.1s were brilliant as MORC Boats. The real problems with MORC started in the early to mid 80s when one off custom boats started coming on the scene. The ensuing arms race killed the class by mid to late 90s. A lot MORC designs live on today because they were decent sailing boats with livable interiors.