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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. Were pulling a 550 sq ft spin into a sock. The hole in the foredeck is not much bigger than a toilet seat and the sock is about 15' long. Current set up is one patch in the middle of the sail. Previously we ran through a grommet before hitting the patch. One patch is easier to pull down. In my experience it works way better than pulling it down hand over hand until something goes wrong. Then the douse line is a problem. It also makes swapping chutes on the water next to impossible.
  2. Regular member and poster on classicmako.com. Not a fan of the seacraft site. A bunch of primadonnas (more than here!). Though i like the seacrafts the prices for a 40 year old disaster are getting steep. What amazes me is the standards that these guys go rebuilding these things. Considering how they were put together originally and how long they last i just don't see the point of going overboard. A fresh coat of awlgrip covers a lot of sins!
  3. http://www.classicaquasport.com/smf/ http://www.classicmako.com/ There are projects that run the range from quick and dirty to gold star. Were doing a smaller floor replacement in a 20' robalo this winter. Ill probably use corecell with biax/matt 1708? on either side. I like epoxy below the waterline but above the waterline poly is fine.
  4. The comment of not painting a dingy is valid. Dollies docks and beaches are hard on a bottom and even the best paint job will take a beating. Gelcoat would be better. We did a topside paint job on a 20' powerboat this spring. I reluctantly bought a new 6" Bosch 6.5amp random orbit sander to start the job. Sometimes we need a reminder that great tools are worth the money. With a soft pad and a case of paper it removed the paint and prepped the gelcoat with no fuss. I did use 3M long boards where the decals and registration numbers were but thats it. In my case buying the right tool to prep it the 1st time was cheaper than painting it twice. The job is done and I still have the sander for the next project. A Taser is small enough that you could rent the sander and finish in a day. Ive rolled and tipped perfection and I've rolled it without tipping. Ive also had someone with the proper equipment help spray awlgrip. If you can spray the time you save is worth it as you can do multiple coats in one day.
  5. I need new glasses so ill be checking a few on this list. Anything new to add? Ive used natives for years with good success. My primary issue is i'm trimming jib on a scow so in anything over 12 my primary responsibility is to shield the crew from the spray every 3rd wave. Eventually i cant see the bow let alone a puff or shift further up the course. Any experience with rain-ex? Ive heard it will damage the coatings on lenses and ive heard it works great. I don't know what to believe... Thanks
  6. thanks for all the suggestions and tips for a proper coil. We'll use them elsewhere back on topic... line suggestions fliteline ultralite endura anything else? 5-6mm tapered Thanks!
  7. The sock is close to 15' long and ends right at the transom so there really isn't any room to pull the slack out with a floating block or ring. The blocks are all lined up and fixed in place. Tying the 2 bowlines every week is something I didn't think of. Were really in search of some mythical line that probably costs more than a jib and doesn't twist at this point.
  8. The halyard is just loose in the boat and uncoiled when the chute is rigged. One end is tied to the head of the spin and the other is tied to the retrieval patch. When the chute is de rigged the two ends have a 2'overlap and are tied together at the launcher. When its rigged there is about 15' of slack in the cockpit. Were looking for a line that runs easily through the blocks and doesn't develop twists. Endura by new England was one suggestion but I wanted to see if anyone had any others before pulling the trigger.
  9. We sail an E-scow that uses a asymmetric spinnaker with a launcher/sock that runs down the center of the boat. The take down line is the tail of the Spin halyard and we have chutes with 1 and 2 patches. I've used Coppa 3000 and FSE Robline Dingy Control for the spin halyard over the last 2 years. We taper the end that attaches to the chute only for about 12'. Both lines work well but they could twist into knots if we don't make a consistent effort to run the line before setting up the chute for the day. When we drop the mast to travel we remove the halyard and run out the twists out 2-3 times a season. At the end of the year the cover gets fairly loose on the core and the twisting gets worse. What line should we be looking at for 2016?
  10. Thanks for the compliment BobBill! For those of you don't go to the front page here is a link the E Scow Fleet is really proud of. http://sailinganarchy.com/2015/12/14/jersey-shore/ Fair warning... This is almost 1-1/2 hours covering a 3 day national championship. It is not a 5 min highlight reel. What we like the most is that it really gets into the why we do it vs the who placed where. It shows a great group of people who like going fast. It is absolutely worth your time and we hope you enjoy it. Fretz
  11. its a flotation panel that zips on to prevent it from turning turtle in a capsize. Probably not the best day sailor but with a crew of 3 or 4 it is one heck of a ride. Lots of great boats for sale in NJ this fall as people upgrade to newer boats.
  12. E Scow Nationals are in Beach Haven NJ from 9/10-13.
  13. I mean every boat at your club, possibly including the Catalina 22, will sail by you on a beat. I do not mean you will be scared and wet. On the other hand, you'll keep up with a 28-footer off the wind in a breeze. Believe it or not there are actually a lot of mariners that are raced. I think that it is a balanced boat that will go up wind quite well with decent sails. It is perfect for what you require. It moves in breeze and is no slouch in light air. It will fit in a standard garage which helps with maintenance. I've seen 70 year old men put the mast up alone and with practice you can go road to sails up in 30-40 min. An electric trolling motor is all that's needed to get away from the dock or home in no breeze. A mariner got me back into racing and I had 3 of them over 5 years. They are very cheap if you don't mind a little elbow grease to bring them back. You can find a decent boat on a trailer for 1500 which leaves $ for new lines and a used set of racing sails. I'd look for an older boat that is not self bailing. The cockpit is more comfortable. The center board is quicker than the full keel and easily ramp launched. I've moved on from the mariner we no have something that is easily overpowered goes upwind at 7 knots and provides incredible heavy air spin runs approaching 20 knots. Its everything the mariner wasn't including not family friendly and I don't introduce half as many people to sailing as I did with the mariners. I love the new boat but many times I'll sail past a couple enjoying a glass of wine lounging in the cockpit of a mariner with more than a little envy. Good luck Fretz
  14. I am looking for some reading on asymetric sail theory and technique. Is this the book to buy?