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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. From my experience, fuel polishing can keep clean fuel that way but can't clean a dirty tank, especially one with sludge at the bottom. If your filter keeps getting clogged, chances are there's crud at the bottom of the tank, which will decide to get stirred up at the worst possible time....
  2. Tried almost everything over the years: plastic snakes, CDs, string and tape lines, etc. We're on the outermost line of moored boats in our bay, seagulls love us. The only thing that works 100% for me is netting. With a bit of practice I can install and remove it in a couple of minutes (it doesn't have to be pretty!). A neighbouring boat has recently installed a recording of nesting birds on his boat, loops to play every few minutes. Interesting to see how well it works..... (Fortunately no liveaboards next to him - would drive you mad.)
  3. Easy enough to buy a Facet 12V fuel pump and a couple of valves, and plumb them into your fuel circuit, bypassing the engine.You can then polish the fuel for as long as you like. The pump draws very little current.
  4. None of our crew is that dedicated.......
  5. What's with the exhaust? Really sets off the transom.
  6. No dodger
  7. +1 on changing engine mounts. Yanmar recommends changing them every 2 years (!!) and generally they're a PITA to do with the engine in place. Also replace anything which is sus...
  8. Thanks all, good stuff. These winches are for halyards and control lines, not sheets, hence adjustment underway is infrequent, so mechanical advantage, cross-sheeting, etc aren't big issues. So far nothing to stop me putting them where I want them!
  9. Winches on the cabin-top at the cockpit generally seem to be mounted just either side of the companionway. Sailing instruments, compass, etc are usually mounted on the cabin-top bulkhead as close to the boat's centreline as possible, hence almost immediately below them, which makes the instruments hard to read as there's always lines flopping about there. Any reason why I shouldn't mount the winches further outboard? (Talking about one each side.)
  10. All you ever wanted to know (and more) in the West System book: http://www.westsystem.com/wp-content/uploads/GougeonBook-061205-1.pdf which goes into this in some detail. Also Compass Marine points out the need to countersink the holes: http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/rebedding_hardware&page=1 and use butyl tape.
  11. Phil Smidmore, next to RPAYC on Pittwater has done several Etchells conversions similar to this, daysailers tho'. Teak decks, comfortable cockpit, small diesel, etc. Very nice.
  12. There are a few courtesy moorings just outside (to the E) of Nelson Bay marina (d'Albora), an easy dinghy ride into the marina, lots of places to tie up in the marina. Supermarkets, etc in Nelson Bay Fame Cove is magic, protected from all winds. Dinghy to Soldiers Pt is OK. About an hour's sail from the heads tho'. Broughton Island is definitely worth a stop-off. Providence Bay has a great sandy beach and good reefs for snorkelling (water is just warm enough now,went for a swim last weekend, good fishing everywhere) but put a lookout on the bow when approaching, lots of bricks around (how do I know?) waiting to hit you. Only suitable in S or SW winds. Coal Shaft Bay on the S side is good in NE winds, but looks like SW for the next while! Hike over the island (easy walk, watch out for the mutton bird nests - snakes in some of them) to Esmerelda Cove where there are several fishermen's huts and chat to the locals.... (Do you have Alan Lucas's book "Cruising the NSW Coast"? Worth getting, Better yet, the E Coast one - does Qld too.)
  13. +1 Manly good, has a bit of an edge but still friendly and close to both the harbour, beaches and Pittwater (gods country). Also the so-called lower North Shore: Waverton, Crows Nest Cammeray, Willoughby, etc - very close to the city and harbour but just a bit suburban. Inner west (Glebe, Balmain, Annadale, etc) is interesting but not so kid friendly. COL is similar to SF, NY, but more exy than small US cities. Cars, whitegoods, etc are more. House prices, at least at medium to top end close to the city, are driven by international demand. Don't live on S side of harbour (eastern suburbs - full of wankers, beaches are shit compared with the north.)
  14. +1, been that way since '98
  15. We generally prime pumps to make stuff go up, not down......