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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. Yup. You actually complained to Mona that she personalized her sales quotation to you by including a photo of your boat that she found on the internet (ie: already in the public domain). Most customers appreciate that personal touch. Not a great start to a business relationship. In fact, we don't want to do business with you at all now. Sorry. Phil A simply explanation was all that was needed, I'm sorry if I jumped to conclusions. I've had issues with photos being used before.
  2. Had a quick look and it seems that I can apply for a Recognition of Prior Learning certificate using my STCW95(or yachtmasters) which would cover the YA Safety & Sea Survival. I do have another first aid and CPR course, forgot to add it to the list.
  3. I have no delusions that I have the same amount experience as people that have been sailing for 20+ years. There's just no way to cram that sort of experience into three months. I did the fast track mainly for the time on the water/miles and to improve my navigation and boat handling. My composites training is of a similar nature, I have the theoretical knowledge and some practical experience but there's no substitute for years of practice. Obviously I have tons to learn and happy to start out low in the ranks.
  4. All of my RYA certs were fast tracked
  5. I’m a 20 year old guy looking for a Sydney-Hobart/RORC 600/KWRW/Pac Cup ride for 2015/2016. Interested in sailing or working as shore crew for a high performance program. I am extremely willing to learn and hoping to get my foot in the door with a grand prix team. Most of my racing experience is inshore dinghy and keel boat racing however I sailed around 3200nm in the straits of Gibraltar and Spain while completing my Yachtmasters. During my Yachtmasters I experienced a variety of nasty weather and I’m fairly comfortable in high wind and lumpy gravy. I recently graduated from the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design Composite boatbuilding program and have experience with prepreg, infusion and hotbonders. Currently located on the West coast of Canada. Certifications include: Royal Yachting AssociationYachtmaster Offshore STCW95 Sea Survival, Firefighting, Emergency First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibility RYA Powerboat Level II RYA Radio with DSC RYA Diesel Engine RYA Radar RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) Canadian Radio Operator's Certificate-Marine (ROC-M) Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator License (PCOC) PADI Rescue Diver with Enriched Air Specialty (EAN/Nitrox) I also have experience with: CNC, CAD, welding and splicing.
  6. CCI has completely stopped replying to my emails after I pointed out they were using one of my photos without permission. Not super impressed with their customer service at the moment, guess I'm SOL with this pos rudder.
  7. When it breaks, take a look at the construction. I would sail it until it breaks but it actually doesn't fit in the cassette any more due to some expansion along the crack. Sent an email to Phils and received a quote back for $1500 for a new one. Seems a little steep for a rudder with multiple breakages.
  8. Looks like my Phils Foils rudder is about to go as well, a large crack has formed at the lower edge of the cassette. Seems a little strange that two rudders are having issues in the same location?
  9. Does anyone have current rig tuning info? I’ve got some great tips from Alan Barnes but a baseline to start from would be nice.
  10. As I mentioned, that's why several of us have gone to custom rudders from Phil's Foils(Competition Composites). +1 for the Phil's Foils rudder, shitton lighter as well.
  11. When did you pick up my old boat? We brought it up to Canada from Oregon beginning of July Penticton - Dallas - Hood River - Vancouver. I'd call that a circumnavigation of sorts. Enjoy the boat! We did. She sure has moved around a bit! Definitely been enjoying the boat, even managed to pick up a pickledish in the few months we've had it.
  12. When did you pick up my old boat? We brought it up to Canada from Oregon beginning of July
  13. Hull #10 here, located near Victoria BC. Obligatory first post tits: