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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. Just imagine the perfect rating system, where the best crew wins every time! We could stop the regatta after the first race and all go home. Plus we would only have to race every year or two. That would make racing a lot more affordable.
  2. When cruising, you spend 99% on autopilot. Being outside for 1% of the time (plus sail adjustments) is not that tough... With the autopilot remote, does the saloon's sofa, with a comfy blanket, qualify as 'protected helm station'?
  3. Where can I read more about the new "Multi-Rule" ratings system? Google did not help (yet). Excellent progress to use real polars, but where is TWS and TWA for each race taken from? Also from the individual boats (averaged?) or from weather stations?
  4. Performance cats are very, very awesome for cruising. But its absurd to race while dragging along toilets, plumbing, fridges, blackwater tanks, a saloon and hulls twice as wide as necessary. For real racing it has to be smallish and OD. Unleaded, whenever possible. Still; I would love to know how they made that 5X go that fast!
  5. What did they do to that poor 5X to make it go that fast?! The sad truth is that all of these ‘performance’ cats suck at racing. If you build a pure ~60ft racing multi, it will go twice as fast, at half the price… So the competition is essentially: “Who can make (or configure) his the most un-cruisable.” Very strange.
  6. Windytv now also displays CAPE: https://www.windytv.com/overlays?cape,-11.609,140.405,5 Compare with predicted 'Gusts' https://www.windytv.com/overlays?gust,-11.609,140.405,5 Some of our other weather sources are considering offering this excellent information as well. Email them for encouragement! Explanation of CAPE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convective_available_potential_energy
  7. On our Outremer 5X, both the main and the trav go through clutches. These are usually open and the sheet is on the self-tailer (yes, I know). If we had a clutch which could reliably (and even remotely / automatically) open, that would be a huge improvement; solve the self-tailer issue and free up a winch or two. On the other hand; dumping the main to the shrouds will not make a big difference downwind... Our philosophy is to be very conservative with the main and somewhat more aggressive with foresails, which are quite easily dumped/furled.
  8. Look at the bright side; the bridgedeck slamming stopped completely.
  9. Dolphins not only ride a catamarans bow wave, they ride the bows and fight for it: https://youtu.be/xnSzWS7-wfo Not sure if they wanted to scratch off parasites, get some of our antifouling or were simply horny....
  10. Wow. Truly a game changer. Thanks for the info.
  11. It's perfectly safe to go inside and prepare dinner in 20-25kn of wind on a big cruising cat. But only 99% of the time... I suspect today's weather models could tell us quite reliably when and where the 1% could occur. They could also forecast where the 0.001% "flip any boat even without sails" occur, so we could route around. I don't think the GFS models 'Gust' forecast is sufficient for this purpose, though. Any (non-armchair) meteorologist here to comment? Or implement... For those who think they will never flip; have a quick look at this: https://youtu.be/Z5vA4QvaH1Q?t=29 ... and that wasn't even a really bad one...
  12. For most of us, "sometimes" is not good enough to spend a few hundred thousand $$$ and lots of time and love on... Fair enough, but you already sail a very high quality, excellent sailing multihull design. Most people dont. Except for the transom (with rudder) falling off and the main beam breaking, it is a high quality, excellent design...
  13. For most of us, "sometimes" is not good enough to spend a few hundred thousand $$$ and lots of time and love on...
  14. That's a turboed Outremer 5X http://www.catamaran-outremer.com/en/Outremer-Catamarans/Modele/Outremer-5X More on that shortly...
  15. Yes. Did I misunderstand the question?