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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.

Jim in Halifax

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    All things sailing. All things jazz and recording. Most things musical. Old British cars.

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  1. Never got up to the Great White North much? The Robertson is a Canadian invention, patented in 1909. The Torx screw, a second-best imposter, did not come about for another 58 years. We Canucks love our Robertsons... One tool that has not made it to this thread but is on the top of my list of essential tools is my Fluke mutli-meter. Don't leave home without it!
  2. So this Tayana 37 is down to $20K now? I am assuming since the CL ad is still up and 5 days have passed since the reverse auction started at noon on the 17th... At what point does it become a steal of a deal?
  3. You could just put Brent on 'Ignore'...and then you wouldn't see his $0.02, unless someone quotes him...as you just did.
  4. I read the ad copy as "no survey" available as opposed to "no survey" allowed. However, given the reverse auction format, there probably isn't time for a survey in any case...
  5. Peter Loveridge writes of Seal, Mud and Flat Islands in A Cruising Guide to Nova Scotia: "There is no really protected anchorage, the tide runs really hard, there are numerous unmarked rocks, and running for shelter if the weather turns bad involves traversing tide rips that could overwhelm a small vessel...With the strong tides it is difficult to visit the island as a daysail, so a trip here involves anchorage in an open roadstead marginally protected from the prevailing wind. I never sleep soundly anchored anywhere at night here and constant attention to the state of the weather is mandatory." Pete has always been spot on when I have used his knowledge; I think I would pass on Seal Island unless visiting by chartered lobster boat belonging to a local.
  6. Lived in Beaurepaire, sailed from PCYC.
  7. That's the one! Except I was sailing there in the early '70s...missed you.
  8. Nice Steve. It looks purpose-built. What do you reckon the upper range for the topsail is? 10 - 12 knots? How easy is it to strike the topsail? You are entering a zone where most modern sloop sailors have zero experience...but then you're an old gaffer.
  9. Zen, I like your real news / fake news analogy. But as much as Smack's "investigative doggednes" is impressive, both he and Brent tend to take the extremes to the limit. Its not healthy for either of them, but sometimes that's the price of this kind of fun. Personally, I have learned things from almost everyone here on CA; now what I can do with that amassed knowledge is another matter...
  10. I suspect those pipes are temporary supports for the deck, prior to the house being welded on...it would be a really weird interior, even for Brent, if the pipes stayed as pictured.
  11. Gawd. this hill went downhill fast. I guess a canvas bucket for washing down the topsides, deck and/or cockpit drains... Lots of grips and handholds as agility ain't what it used to be. Always had an electric anchor windlass, but have yet to consider power winches.
  12. Wouldn't the answer to keeping shit out of acorn nuts or weld nuts be to put a hex-headed (allen) set-screw in the threads when not using the eye bolt? I realize that it may be necessary to cut a few threads off to get the set-screw to be flush with the deck in some cases. Also, if using acorn nuts, wouldn't it be simple to round off the flats to make it easier to weld in place in a round hole? I am not a steel boat builder (I weld like a farmer) but this stuff seems common sense.
  13. Captain Marko, I may have been a bit strong in my objection to your multiple postings - my apologies for any offense given. Now HTFU . For me it goes like this - I check in to this forum a couple of times a day to see whats going on and scan the threads that interest me. So I have a 'shopping list': Origami scab picking...check. Tom's Morgan 30 tilting...check. Kim's Francis Lee thread...check. Guy looking for a keel boat to sail in Nevada...what's the damn thread title today? So you get my drift. I grew up sailing on a small inland lake, a widening of the St. Lawrence River actually. Back then, there were no keel boats longer than 30 feet and no one thought there was a need for anything bigger. In fact, at 30 feet, draft was often a constraint. Most keel boats were in the 24+ foot range - J 24s, Kirby 24s, Mirage 24s and 26s, Sharks, Tanzer 22s, even an occasional Albin Vega 27. When I moved to the ocean, my first keel boat was a Vega. I now sail a 37 foot cutter. But if I went back to the lakes, I would downsize to less than 30 feet. Even for weekend cruising, over-nighters, and club racing, a boat in the 24 - 27 foot range would be adequate for me. And the lesser expenses for maintenance and marinas would more than make up for a bit less creature comfort. There you have it. My $0.02 contribution to your boat quest thread(s). Cheers and good luck.
  14. My suggestion is stop creating a new thread every time you want to solicit opinions on your latest Lake Mead dream boat. You have at least 3 on the go. IF you actually buy a boat, feel free to post under a new heading such as "Help! How to repair my Lake Mead dream boat?"
  15. If one must have or needs a bow thruster on a sailboat, a retracting thruster (à la Amel) is the only way to go. But I am reminded of a late local sailor who sailed a Nonsuch 36 well into his 80s with a Vetus tunnel thruster in the bow...the boat's name: Dexterity.