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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. Hmm, the only 780 in my compound I don't know the owner of must be the Elliott? Is that your boat? From memory it looks like a fixed canting prod? With jumpers on the mast for mast head kites? Yea this guy isn't keen on going retractable because he doesn't want it in the way of weekending, fair enough..... So it will be on deck for sure. $600 for the prod seems ok to me, especially compared to what new sails for it would cost.
  2. My boat, the same length, has a 3.4m (3.8m overall tube) retractable prod. I have always thought the bigger the better, within reason, 3.4m being about the end of reason on a boat this size. I'm not sure that would even be an option with a deck mounted unit, as I hear people saying 50/50 length on deck/out the front. I'd say 2m would be about the limit? The fellow I know wants to go with a bob stay. He also is trying to figure out tube size and wall thickness. Would you go deck mounted of retractable in hull mick?
  3. Don't mean to hijack your thread Mick, but I have a y780 question and I see you have the experts here... Will also help to keep your thread going.... A friend has one here in NZ, he tells me it has a longer cabin and 2" more freeboard than 'normal' - what ever that might be... Maybe it's a mark 1? Any way, he wants to add an on deck prod and gennaker, any suggestions on prod length and kite size? He is thinking 1.5m prod, and I hope mast head. What do you all run? Or what would you if you had the choice now?
  4. I agree with Tokyo trash, I have a 3.8m 95mmOD tube that tapers to 94mm at the front. It runs through a tube rather than two bearings. It requires no lube. I'd like to put a bungee on it to make brining it in more auto when the pole out is released, but I'm afraid it wil get so much speed up it will injure the crew (it sticks right through into the cockpit over half a meter when right in - right at shin height). Why do you want lube? Wizards don't need lube to get their arm in their sleeve
  5. Hmmmm...... Nope.... Few incorrect assumptions there as I see it - ever seen a log float, might weigh a tone, still floats. And for home work, go down to the water, pick up a good size rock, walk into the water, hold the rock under water, see how the rock feels lighter? Yes it still wants to sink, but holding it up does not require the rocks full weight in lift. Think about that and get back to us. I like the idea, have flipped my sport boat over before, it filled with water but didn't sink. Made of cedar strip, bugger all lead, and had a small pocket of air trapped inside. Id like to make the air more reliably trapped. Thinking optimist air bags permanently inflated - there is plenty of empty space under the cockpit and in the bow. Always thought self inflating makes sense for a bigger boat though. Are the bags mounted inside boxes in that diagram? Could they then be permanently inflated? Would have to think about where to put them, no good if they are in the way during repair.
  6. The can is down about 2/3 of the 1.25 kg kit. It's called HPR25. Some of what was used was wiped off during coving and clean up of course. From memory it came as black or white, standard or anti sag (thicker), I went with anti sag because it seemed the better option for the application. You can mix in glue powder to thicken the standard stuff if required.
  7. Yip, tube. They could send tube, or tube with slot cut. I got tube. Cutting a straight slot required a clever plan - especially around the spreaders where the tool wouldn't fit straight past, but it was decided by the crew member who did the job (boat builder) that would be easier than getting the pre cut slot on straight. In hind sight, in my opinion, there wouldn't have been much in it. Was much cheaper to by without the slot so I was happy. To cut the slot we clamped a piece of wood to either side of the blade on the bottom of a skill saw as a guide, pulled the blade in to the right depth and away we went.
  8. Interesting thread. I just did the track on my sporty in nz, carbon mast. The old track was stuffed. Cut/ ground it off with a grinder. Got advise from C-tech, who would have to be considered experts by any standard. They sold me fibreglass tube, they don't use carbon tube as it splits / delaminates, from memory they don't use plastic track unless for dinghies, maybe small trailer boats? Can't remember, was certainly not an option from me- 7.5m boat. They put me on to another company (adhesive technologies?) who they get their glue off, they sold me a rubber toughened epoxy to attach it with, no rivets. Still have the tin if anyone wants more details. As for the rivets, I thought Monel rivets can have different shaft materials, which must be important if the ball is staying in there?
  9. The one in Picton NZ came from Aus about 6 months ago. It was named Stomp when it arrived but is now Titanium. Silver/grey hull. Has only sailed under a tiny delivery main and I think nothing bigger than a num 3 and occasionally a fractional geny so far, but damn you can see potential when it's going in a straight line up wind.