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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. Sorry, it's the Sledgehammer Test. What you do is, you hit the side of your boat as hard as you can with a sledgehammer. If it doesn't make a hole, you pass. And of course, I'm kidding. Lots of pretty capable boats would not take kindly to that treatment. But I do wonder if your planking/layup is a bit thin for the displacement of your boat. Forget the sledgehammer, if you drift against a piling at 2 knots will you be holed? What comparable-size boat did you see that made you choose the 1/2" (3/8"?) plywood with exterior-only glass layup?
  2. Hey Hot Rod, Just wondering if you've done this test on your hull. It is required by the Somalian Coast Guard, so you might want to get it documented now, before you set off around the world:
  3. No, he didn't. You fellas keep trying to intuit what ought to be deduced; not unlike how HR engineered his cat. No matter. I don't defend any aspect of the FH design or construction, but neither would I predict the exact moment or locus of structural failure. Rust, gravity, and rot, however, never sleep. The methods and materials of the FH mean that she will begin to degrade on a straight line the minute that maintenance flags. As mentioned above, "tick tick tick" indeed.
  4. Stick your hand in the water while sailing your dinghy at 5 knots. Then, stick your hand in the water from the rail of a 300 yard long freighter as it moves at 5 knots. Does the force rip your arm off, or does it feel identical to the experience on your dinghy? The force involved is determined by the size of your hand and the speed of the boat. Boat size has nothing to do with it.
  5. Looking crisp and tidy in the overhead shots. But those puddles of fresh water on the cabin roof might as well be hydrochloric acid. Utterly lacking camber on the decks, you are gonna need a regular squeegee man. Maybe one of these oh-so-helpful anarchists will come out and take care of that for you.
  6. You are wrong, HR'FH. Many people build all kinds of things for themselves these days. I have seen with my own eyes scores of finely crafted and seaworthy boats built from scratch in backyards, garages, toolsheds, etc. I have built several myself. I have been 50 miles offshore, safely and independently, in a boat I built from scratch, to a proven design, using my own hands and wits. And many people have done much, much more than I. The distinction between yourself and these other folks, and the reason that you are "the talk of the town", is that you designed and built your boat in a mental cocoon through which nothing has so far penetrated. You have completely ignored the collective wisdom of humankind in favor of your own fevered, self-referential logic. You have wasted a tremendous amount of effort, and a big pile of low-grade materials, to create something that will not accomplish a fraction of what you set out to do. That much is tragically obvious to all of us who know the first thing about the project of going to sea. If you are feeling disrespected, realize that you have shortcut or completely ignored things that many of us would never dream of shortcutting or ignoring. That suggests arrogance on your part, that you feel yourself to be smarter, more capable, more special than the rest, and that attitude gets you nowhere with people who can see through your delusion. I mentioned earlier that you need to build a heavy duty mooring bitt or sampson post into each hull, so that you can accept a proper tow and not get destroyed in the process. I will reiterate, that is job one, as I see it. Get ready for a tow, then get towed someplace sheltered and long term so you can proceed.
  7. I think the first thing needed is a couple good tow points. You need to install sampson posts or bitts on heavy structure so that you can take a proper tow. I would put one on each hull, preferably tied into more than one framing member. Then rig a two point tow harness, preferably with a heavy snubber to absorb shock. No sense trying to go into more dangerous waters if you can't get rescued if things go wrong.
  8. I am unimpressed by the "level waterline" miracle. He snapped a level line about yay high on his big ol', rectangular, empty hulls and painted it. No need to calculate anything. A broken clock is right twice a day.