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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. It was quite windy down here on the weekend. These are the wave heights from the Cape Sorell waverider buoy off the west coast of Tasmania (see http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDT65014.shtml for the source).
  2. I'm meeting with ORCV on Friday to start discussing NOR for multis. They are definitely keen to see a multi division in 2018. Re Rantifarian's query - not a big jump from Cat 2 to Cat 1, mainly about medical kit, etc. The big ticket boat items come with the jump from Cat 3 to Cat 2.
  3. Body found: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-24/searchers-find-body-believed-to-be-of-missing-yachtsman/6569730 Sad outcome
  4. Get the Goiot. I had the Lewmars put in on the advice of the shipwright. They leaked. He talked to Lewmar and they said their hatch is not designed for this use. To his credit, the shipwright replaced them with the Goiot and only charged me the price difference on the hatches. The Goiot have never leaked.
  5. I changed our pinhead main on my Chris White Atlantic 46 to a square top 3 years ago. Its a minor hassle to hoist and drop compared to the pinhead, but once we worked out a system, its no problem. I can do it singlehanded with a bit of effort, easy with 2. There are hardware and design options that make it even easier (Doyle Sails has a beauty, others have been mentioned in this thread) and I would go that way with my next sail. But it would still be a squaretop because it is a fantastic sail. You get more speed in most conditions, and much more safety and control in high winds and gusts due to the automatic depowering. It took us from being a slug in light winds to having good speed (there was an increase in area overall but the big factor seems to be the bigger area up high and the really good control of twist the shape gives). Really efficient sail upwind. Very forgiving in the gusty stuff - reacts quicker than you can, but as always in a multi you need to reef appropriately and be ready on the sheets/traveller in case you get a real big gust
  6. Simplification and rationalization would be VERY welcome!!
  7. Much as I would love to recommend a Tasmanian product, my experience with the Stormy Seas jackets has not been good. I had their top model of yoke jacket and would never buy another - it was difficult to put on and some of its Velcro closures tended to catch and open up, leaving it operable but bits of it flapping around rather than snug on the body. Used to drive me nuts when needing to get on deck in a hurry. I did compare it in operation to others during my Sea Survival Course and noted no significant difference in the water. It did not have a hood - I don't know if they do now. My current Crewsaver has a hood as standard. The Crewsaver harness attachment is metal btw. I also inherited the Stormy Seas vest model when I bought my boat. Used it so little that I sold it on eBay a while ago. Seemed a good concept but was only comfortable to wear in conditions where you needed a jacket (so not good for warm weather), the jacket was ok but not up to offshore standard, so you really needed another proper jacket anyway, and it did not have a crotch strap.
  8. Crewsaver Ergofit range. I have their Offshore model. Very comfortable, you hardly notice you're wearing it, plus excellent design when inflated and your in the water. Keep it serviced and it will work fine, like all good quality modern inflatables. The Spinlock Deckvest is very similar, slightly more expensive (at least here in Oz) but reputed to be just as good, maybe even slightly better than the Crewwsaver - but I don't have personal experience of it.
  9. Only had the tricolor at top of mast. Lasted 18 months, then stb sector stopped working. Didn't bother with the guarantee as didn't want another. Replaced with Hella LED - been going strong for 3 years ...