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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.

Frogwatch

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  1. For some reason, epoxy dust from sanding cured epoxy seems to be the worst thing to inflame my own epoxy allergy so I highly recc'd covering up and a face mask.
  2. Tablet with GPS as your plotter, garmin 76 as backup, paper charts and hand compasses (3X) as backups to that. I use an old iPad with Bad Elf GPS and Opn Capn software. I put the ipad in our FrogSuit ipad waterproof floating case (disclaimer, I make the FrogSuits). With all this I still rely more on my hand compass and paper charts than anything else. It is so easy to think, "When that buoy/mark. tower, etc bears X degrees on the compass then I am free to turn and miss that shoal water" and it is easy to sail this way looking at the paper chart every now and then.
  3. I'd sailed into Marsh Harbor with my caving friends and the only long term slip for my 28' S2 cost about $500/month. We took a slip for the night for me to think it over. There was a trashed out 29' Something occupying a slip and the bartender told us he had a bad leak and only by using shore power could the boat be kept from sinking and nobody could get in behind the engine to see if it was the prop shaft, broken rudder tube or something more serious and the marina desperately wanted to kick the boat out(hadn't paid in months) but would be liable for any pollution if they did and she sank. An hour later while walking the docks, we got invited aboard this boat to see their work at shoring up the bulkhead supporting the mast. The owner mentioned his "problem" with the leak while he sat in the cockpit. My caving friends took one look at the engine installation and took it as a challenge. One guy actually crawled under the engine and another above told me to hand them wrenches and they tightened the packing nut stopping the "leak". Without saying anything to the boat owner we then told the dockmaster about the fix. The next morning they were towed out to the middle of the anchorage. The marina then found us a spot next to shore with very shoal water perfect for my boat and charged us only $250/month.
  4. Put'er back in the water and stop worrying bout silly epoxy runs.
  5. Diarmuid, good ideas. Where near Laramie do you sail?
  6. I was looking at a boat last week with an electric engine, it has 4 batteries and can cruise at 3.5 kts for 10 hours. Cruising time drops rapidly with higher speed. This is on a 32' boat. He has about 250 watts of solar panel. What is attractive is the lack of transmission and the apparent simplicity. The small electric motor is about 1/4 the size of the previous Atomic 4. Still, not good enough for real cruising cuz those of us who do cruise know we spend a lot of time under power. I want those 6.5 kts to cross the Gulf Stream. So, why not use a tiny diesel like a Yanmar 1gm as a generator to charge the batteries.
  7. MEK wont touch cured epoxy. That Jabsco stuff barely does, I might try it heated under a fume hood. I burn it off with a torch
  8. I used to do a lot of vertical caving and we were going to do a trip to the deepest pit in the world in Mexico so we bought a continuous piece of 1500' 11mm PMI rope. New rope has a waxy coating and this can lead to uncontrolled rappels on long drops so we had to wash it. We found a laundromat open late at night and stuffed hundreds of feet into several machines side by side defeating the mechanism that shuts them off if the lid is ajar and washed it. We got some very odd looks from people. Then the rope went into a single large dryer, it was too much for the machine but we did it anyway. Didnt want it completely dry but mostly. Caving suppliers now sell "rope washers" you thread the rope through and it directs water on the rope from all sides. One can add cleaners to an external reservoir.
  9. Sam Crocker: Your post may have revived my boat building obsession. In addition to the epoxy solvent, that link had some Bisphenol free epoxy. I've developed a severe allergy to Bisphenol from boatbuilding so this is a good find. Thanks
  10. JerryJ: I thought of that too but I never seem to have the right size heat shrink. Marine supply stores might want to sell heat shrink just for this in the right sizes.
  11. The CNC was used to machine gun grips from G10. G10 eats tooling. I see a way to do it without the need for much CNC at all. The knurling would be in the outer thin layer of thickened epoxy before it is covered with the Electroless nickel. DDW, .065 is close enough to half of .1 to be considerably lighter. I've got cylinders of G10 and I dont think the stiffness is an issue. I'm not sure how bearing races are put into the aluminum winches, pressed in? However, the bearing races could be formed directly in the G10, covered with epoxy for smoothness and then covered with thick hard electroless nickel. Some electroless nickel actually incorporates hex-BN as a lubricant. So, what would be a good small winch to try this with? Something where weight is an issue but potential volume is reasonable.
  12. G10 doesnt like UV and am not too sure about its wear properties, hence the electroless nickel.
  13. G10 comes in cylinders. Use a knurling tool on the lathe or do it on the CNC. Actually, it'd be better to make it from a hollow tube of G10 fixed at each to a larger round piece with a taper.
  14. Epoxy is forever. I've tried everything even methylene chloride. Heat MAY soften it but in my experience it just starts to burn before softening. Dremel does make some tiny diamond wheels that might work.
  15. Hmmmm, I've got lots of scraps of neoprene in various bright colors, punch holes for lacing and sell em as winch handle covers.