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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. What is this half circle cut out on my anchor locker lid?

    And/or don't have a windlass.
  2. Giant Trimarans - A design question.

    I read one man's opinion that top speeds in the southern oc earn were going to be determined by the speeds of the prevailing seas, the thought being that it's not feasible to go fast enough to overtake the waves. Of course, the southern ocean is only part of any race course.
  3. VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    The official leaderboard is a thing of wonder this morning with the boats that are clearly leading listed at the bottom, and TTOP shown as leading.
  4. VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    Maybe the crew of Akzo gets paid a bonus for every day they hit first place on the leaderboard.
  5. VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    They've gone from 3rd to 5th by having two boats sail past them. That's bound to make competitive sailors grumpy.
  6. VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    Does AkzoNobel have a boatspeed problem?
  7. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    He hit for power but not for average in low level minors. OTOH, he drew in a lot of customers and all the team owners were delighted to have him in their league.
  8. My experience was with a Santana 21 so the ballast only weighed 600 lbs. Still, when it was allowed to swing freely (which was operator error) it resulted in very disconcerting lurches in the boat's motion. That boat was tiddly at anchor with the keel up, but it had a narrow waterline. The swing keel will move the center of gravity fore/aft a bit which might be noticeable. Also the energy needed to lift it is considerable. A while back, I read up on the swing keel Beneteau 311, just out of curiosity. Lifting the keel takes 100 turns on manual winch. I'm not sure how they keep the keel in position in a knockdown. The swing keel takes a pretty good performance hit compared to the fixed keel model, something like 15 seconds/mile. Also, the boat needs to be hauled once a year to lubricate the lifting mechanism. OTOH, a friend had a keel/cb C&C 36 and most of the time the heavy centerboard was stuck in the case and wouldn't go down, so anything can cause trouble.
  9. VOR Leg 2 Lisbon to Cape Town

    The tracker uses the "closest to the finish" rule to determine who is ahead at any particular time, and as we have seen, this leads to odd situations. As I write, Brunel is crossing some distance ahead of TToP, but is listed as behind. So the question is: what is the better way when the optimum course is far from the great circle course?
  10. Personally, I have a bias against tons of moveable metal ballast, though I understand the technology is well-proven. Raising a ballast keel is going to affect roll quite a bit. I would not be surprised if you could feel the difference anchored if you get some wave action.
  11. Pilothouse For Puget Sound, $40K Or Less

    Somebody had to, so I guess it's me.
  12. My newest project

    Not a disaster for the accountant.
  13. Five months "adrift"?!?

    If you have a mast problem at the spreader, you can still fly the main with the deepest reef, at least on one tack. There is a big difference between sailing slowly and not sailing at all.
  14. Pilothouse For Puget Sound, $40K Or Less

    There have been plenty of races set up for multihulls with minimal upwind sailing required.