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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. No, it's not. Oh, right. I forgot about the cunningham.
  2. FWIW: this is anecdotal, as I sail mine purely for leisure (usually with beer), but I have never felt much effect from hauling the backstay. I sail with 2-4 people in big air, usually approaching 20 knots, and the backstay appears to be the least effective sail control for depowering the rig.
  3. fuh-kar-wee, thanks to Vonnegut.
  4. True, but the rep who was selling the Aero told me "The M14 is just a much bigger boat, it's more boat." He was speaking of the 7 rig/sail area, but that's also true of the room in the boat. You can pretty easily get 2 people in the M14.
  5. Yes! Gluek gave me a blank stare when I asked him about how the M14 compares to the Zero, but I think that's the boat we need here in the colonies.
  6. Jim Gluek told me (at the Chicago Strictly Sail show) that Melges has sold 48 hulls so far, and they just shipped 8 to the dealer in Italy. NB: This is information, not commentary.
  7. Imagine the heights they might have reached with a halyard instead of a sleeve.
  8. +1 on the Seascape 18. I have never sailed one, but I wish I could. I'll give you one to avoid, based on your specs: the J/70. A friend and I often sail (no racing) in 18+ knots on a lake in the upper midwest, and it's tough to control in those winds. With so little weight (~370 lbs) it drives upwind like a J/24, Merit 25, Capri 25: as long as the headsail is trimmed, you can let the main rag all day long, it just keeps driving—but it's still a slog, and it's well-nigh unmanageable downwind with the kite. (With full crew, it's a blast.)
  9. ^This.^ Does the M14 have one? Nope. If it did, I would have purchased one already. My next boat is down to D-Zero (first choice) and RS Aero (close second).
  10. Agreed, rigging the Laser is ridiculously difficult. I take my Laser out only when it's blowing (15 knots minimum), and I don't have a dolly at all – it's sitting on a PVC platform next to my dock. I've learned that once the sail is on, it's best just to tip it over and rig it capsized. Which leads to rigging errors, as you say. And that goddamn clew....
  11. Yes, as I've said in another M14 thread, I doubt this will make much progress against Melges' own MC, which has great sailors in many states and is one of the most successful one designs of the past decade. The key advantage (for me) of a dinghy like the M14 (or the Laser or RS Aero) v. the MC is that you don't need a 2nd in a breeze, and if you dump it you can get it back up yourself. I've seen regattas where even very good sailors cannot get the MC back up. If you can't stay on top when it goes over and you catch a wave, you're done. That's the worst part of scows for me.
  12. Yes, I was hoping for a halyard (although I understand the tradeoffs). Rigging my Laser by myself in a breeze is a pain because I have to do it while it's tipped over close to shore. If you've got 20 knots coming in, it's hard to do it any other way.
  13. Questions for those in the know: Am I right to assume that it's a sleeved sail that slips over the 2-section mast? If so, does anyone have experience with the durability of this kind of rig with a full-batten sail? (Reworded: will a single season of 20-knot winds tear the crap out of those batten pockets where they meet the luff?) Does the smaller rig use a smaller top mast section and a different sail, with everything else identical? Is it as much of a pain in the ass to rig as a Laser?
  14. Any boat name set in Mistral should not be mentioned here, even in jest. Good lord.