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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. If you are happy with 10mm single braid that is not going to a winch, then Alpha SSR is a much better option.
  2. That time of the year it could be windy....430 lbs on the rail is a good all around number.
  3. Hi all, Save the dates. This will be a great event this Fall in Texas. If you own a VX One, get it ready and start planning. If you are not sure, let's start talking about charter, if you are sure and don't have one yet, go ahead and pull the trigger....you will not regret it. New and used boats available. Dates for NAs: - Tuesday, October, 17th. Measuring. - Wednesday, October, 18th. Measuring and practice race. - Thursday, October 19th. First race day. - Friday, October 20th. Second race day. - Saturday, October 21st. Last day of racing. The Weekend before, October 14th and 15th. we will be hosting the Fall Dinghy Fest which can be used as a "warm up" event for NA's. Boats are welcome, and encourage to come early. Contact : rod@velasailingsupply.com Hope to see y'all in Texas this fall.
  4. We have made several using Endura Braid, Warpspeed and Alpha SSC. Same thing, we taper and strip the cover of the front section, that reduces friction and bulkiness in the drum and allows for more easier furling.
  5. Blastoff, There are some good options on Gill, Rooster and Zhik. Give me a call or get on out Live Help chat. You will be surprised on the pricing we can get you for some good, really good weather gear. Rod
  6. Jake, If the sheets are to comply with the old rules (constant diameter/non-tapered) then then a stopper knot on the outside is the best option. If the sheets are tapered, then a soft Dyneema shackle is the way to go: light and super strong. For a J/24 you do not really need a stainless steel shackle. For the main halyard I would avoid the soft shackle to prevent snagging it on the masthead sheave. Splice to a Dog Bone works perfectly. If you have questions...we are here to help!
  7. Selden will probably give you the best bang for the buck. Very affordable and great piece of hardware. The CX-10 will work with up 50 m2 of sail area, which I think should be fine on that boat, however if you are positive is more than that, then the CX-15 will be the ticket and it will not break the bank. The other option is Facnor, also great unit and quite affordable. FWIW, we have one of the previous model FX-2500 in stock that we can let it go for $1,150. Cheers,
  8. Antal clutches are very good and tend to have less return. There are two good tips to reduce problems with your existing clutch: 1) Mark the halyard for light, medium and heavy air conditions. Do so on an "over-tightened" position compensating for the return you will have. 2) in order to #1 to work well , you may want to add a jacket to the clutched area of the halyard. 3 ft. is more than enough. The larger the diameter of the rope, the better the grip on any clutch or jammer. Try that before you switch your clutches.
  9. With proper tension on the lower shrouds, vang will put some tension on the headstay which is necessary when is blowing, aka, when using the vang. This is particularly true on fractional rig boats. Using the backstay on a frac rig compresses the mast down and unloads the upper shrouds, and that is not good in moderate and heavy air. In real high wind when easing the mainsheet , once the traveler is all the way down will over ease the leech tension and the flutter will be increased, that is why you "vang sheet" in some boats. As you mentioned, every boat is different, but the vang is needed it on all of them to control leech tension. Hope this helps.
  10. Guys, We are having this week of an additional 10% OFF from our already low prices on all Harken Covers and Canvas products, such as winch cover,s fenders, covers, as well as lots of One Design covers for dinghies and keelboats. Check it out and don't miss it. Flame on!
  11. Several good suggestions. Your actual halyard can be of double braid Dyneema core. Have a luggage tag on the bitter end (without the cover). I would use a 3mm or 4mm single braid tail with an eye splice. You can cow hitch or lash it with thin Dyneema (2mm single braid) and once the sail is hoisted you can remove the know or unleash it and cleat the thea actual halyard to the clea, or rope clutch. Store away the tail until the next drop.
  12. Yes, regardless of the fact that you can single handed or double hand it, the boat will get loaded fairly quick. Also I am sure than on 10 knots or more all 4 crew members will have a job to do besides hiking. Bavaria manufactures god quality boats, therefore I don't think there will be an issue from the quality/durability stand point. I do think that you may have more fun on a Melges 24 and have much more room to improve and learn, thanks to the size of the fleet/class and the information available. Also you may be able to pick up a boat in the US for a good price. "Bavaria manufactures god quality boat" ????????????? Have you ever sailed on a Bavaria? (or may be you have only sailed on Bavaria and then you have no point of comparison). Bavaria are (very) cheap boat and you only have what you paid for... they are good quality to price ratio boat for sure but not more. Last time Bavaria tried to build racing boat it wasn't a total success :-( Fair. I have seen some of their cruising boats and are quite basic not mean to trash the brand here, just give an unbiased opinion. The B/One has never been in my personal array of options for a sport boat. Also agree with Neuronz about the low aspect.
  13. Yes, regardless of the fact that you can single handed or double hand it, the boat will get loaded fairly quick. Also I am sure than on 10 knots or more all 4 crew members will have a job to do besides hiking. Bavaria manufactures god quality boats, therefore I don't think there will be an issue from the quality/durability stand point. I do think that you may have more fun on a Melges 24 and have much more room to improve and learn, thanks to the size of the fleet/class and the information available. Also you may be able to pick up a boat in the US for a good price.
  14. I have not sailed on the boat but have sailed on the same racecourse. Very similar to the Laser SB3 (SB20), high freeboard, and a bigger and more tamed sport boat. The rig is aluminum and quite heavy. It is ramp-launchable and probably need to sail with 4 crew. I consider that the loads will be lower than those found on the J/70 and the boat will be faster, but I see the program way too similar to the Melges 24, so why not do it, if the price will be similar?
  15. I will chase the singlehanded sailing game wherever it goes. I will need a Laser regardless because my old man friends will sail masters regattas in Lasers and I very much love visiting that group when it assembles and I can afford to go play. Meanwhile, as nobody sells New Lasers in the USA anymore and parts are unavailable and there has been no class promotion for fifteen years now, I suspect those who are new to the sport will gravitate to the exciting new dealer supported toy rather than seeking out the old man's fleet of hard to get 1960s sluggish by comparison Lasers. "Nobody sells new laser in the USA anymore" I can usually follow what you mean but you lost me on that one Gouv. Its very easy to buy new Lasers in the USA. http://www.apsltd.com/buy-new-dinghy-sailboats/buy-laser-dinghy-sailboat.html Easy to buy parts too. There are no stocking Laser Dealers within 1000 miles of my dying fleet. The US Laser manufacturing facilities have been closed and the workers we used to employ by buying their product were all left to go look for new jobs. The tooling that used to make 100,000 toys for North America has. been shipped to the other side of the world. The singlehanded sailboat racing market has been abandoned by the Laser Manufacturer and is wide open for whoever wants to serve the half billion potential customers in North America. Fred, I feel your pain, FWIW we have a brand new Laser Race Version here at the shop. We have spars, full rig sails and some other parts. All running rigging. Now, blades, those are a PROBLEM, so don't break'em. Rod