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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. Stop already, nobody likes a vise guy.
  2. Ding ding ding! My boat was built in Maine. My engine is a Westerbeke, a marinized Mitsubushi, and was built in Japan. So I get to have sets of SAE and metric.
  3. Maybe they'll make enough money to retire and go sailing.
  4. The older Ericson's are also good boats. The 35 mk I or II and the 32 mk I can often be found in your price range: http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1971/Ericson-35-2872548/Portland/OR/United-States#.WQkczFMrLUo http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1977/Ericson-32-3066117/Gainesville/GA/United-States#.WQkcuFMrLUo
  5. I will second what Memo said. 250 miles is a good distance. Long enough, but not too long. If you can get the PO to go with you you will learn a lot from him/her about whatever small peccadillos your new vessel might have.
  6. From PHRF NE base handicaps: Tartan 37-1 174 Tartan 37-2 126 Tartan 37-2 124 The 37-1 is the old Tartan Black Watch, A Hood design from the '60s. The 37-2 is the S&S designed and best known Tartan 37. The 37-3 (also called the Tartan 372) is Jackett's redo of the S&S boat. Almost all 37-2s are centerboard boats, almost all 37-3s have Scheel keel. Both of the latter will sail rings around the BW. They aren't fast, but they'd win everything in PHRF sight if they were rated 170ish.
  7. First of all the T37 has a phrf rating of 126, not 177.
  8. Just because you are right does not mean that you are not a dick.
  9. Have you found Sarafina yet over in Marigot? Still one of the best all around french bakeries we've found in the French territories from St. Martin to New Caledonia. Though we found one in New Cal that gives it a run, but it's definitely better on average than anything else we found in the Caribbean or French Polynesia. Grenada is far off from there. If you only have 4-5 months you will have to blow through the intervening islands. There's a lot to see. We did SXM to Grenada on a similar pace, in hindsight I wish we'd taken more time in a few places. Are you sailing back to MA? Or is this a charter boat or something you are leaving down there? Will check out Sarafina. We are on our own boat and will be sailing back. I know we will likely miss a lot given our timetable, but we gots how much time we gots. Several people we have talked to have mentioned Dominca and Grenada as favorites and from reading about them they appeal to us. Seem more about being able to meet local people and do things ashore than seem other islands. BJ what were your favorites in this little corner of the sea? Tough call, with short time. Dominica is a cool place, and if I was choosing between either/or Dominica and Grenada for say, a week or two I'd pick Dominica. It's one of the most poor islands in the Caribbean. It runs on a "boat boy" culture in the anchorages, but in Portsmouth it's well run, organized, the guys are vetted and trained and they provide security in the anchorage. In Dominica you can easily arrange a lot of tours through your boat boy. That is pretty much the way to see things, and there is a lot of cool stuff to see. Grenada takes you much farther South. It's more populous, with things like a bus service that is more reliable, and not nearly as poor or rural as Dominica. Cruisers gravitate there to get out of hurricane season, and I found the cruising community and the support for it to be a much bigger draw than the island itself. Not that the island isn't cool and appealing; it is and there is plenty to do there. It's better setup as a place to stay for a while, with better provisioning options, etc. You're on your own for things like arranging tours and the like, though cars can be rented and taxis hired for that stuff. It's a nice place with much to recommend it, but it wasn't among our favorites. We headed there for hurricane season, like lots of cruisers. Some go to Trinidad; we did eventually and we wished we'd move there much earlier since we liked it much more than Grenada One favorite place is hard to pin down. I must say we had a stronger preference for the French islands over the ex-English islands. France still supports their territories and possessions, and it is evident in the standard of living of the people on the islands. They feel more relaxed, and there is far less pressure to relieve you of your tourist dollars then there is in a place like St. Lucia, where you will generally be afforded multiple opportunities per day to buy various things wherever you go. And the food tends to be MUCH better, though prices will be higher. YMMV - we speak some French and loved Deshaies on Guadeloupe; we spent a week or so there and were reluctant to leave. We have some friends that went there with no French, little understanding of the culture, and perhaps slightly skewed expectations, who absolutely hated it and left after a day. For better or worse, the French islands have a lot of European presence on them because they are part of France. The natural beauty is still there, though one of the shopping malls in Fort de France in Martinique could have come straight from Paris, and Martinique has a thoroughly modern bus system. The ex-English islands are independent, and enjoy a considerably lower standard of living as a result. They have their own distinctive culture and are very friendly and welcoming. To a point; there are a lot of people on islands like St. Lucia that are always "on the make", they've got something they're selling, or want you to do that will cost you money, etc. It is occasionally uncomfortable, like the rather creepy looking guy in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia that was always hanging around one of the dinghy docks asking for money to "watch your dinghy." Since we chained ours up, my only real concern was that he'd take a piss in it if I didn't pay him. But other people on those islands are fine, there just seems to be a few more operators. If you are an obvious tourist, they will glom on to you. Food on the English islands is so-so, unless you spend a lot to go to a place that is catered towards tourists specifically. For example some of the restaurants around the marinas or cruise ship docks will provide a more typical dining experience. You can get a cheap local dinner and it will be decent, but nothing to get too excited about in most cases unless you love "provision" (boiled local root vegetable things). We didn't find many local dining experiences that were so amazing they needed to be repeated with any frequency on the ex-English islands. Antique actually had some of the better Caribbean restaurants we came across in the English Harbour/Falmouth area. These islands also have public transportation, but it tends to be a little more...ad hoc. What we referred to as the "mad Rasta buses" are very common - generally a van on a set route that tears along the windy roads at high speed while blasting reggae, soca, or on rare occasions, rap. They can get quite...cozy...especially at the end of the school day. In Grenada I once counted 23 people on a van that a rational person would swear could seat a dozen. If you get to St. Vincent & the Grenadines, I'd suggest you bypass St. Vincent and clear in at Bequia. Delightful place, worth a couple of days. From there go to the Tobago Keys and the couple of islands around there...not much on those islands, but they are good places to stage into the keys from. You'll pay by the day for a permit to be in the Tobago Keys, but it is one of the most spectacular spots in the Caribbean. If you're headed South from there, I'd maybe time it so you arrive at Union Island in the AM to clear out, then move on to Grenada, clearing in at Carriacou on the same day. Union Island is...OK...but there's not a lot there IMHO and they've had some issues. One thing you might want to do is check the Carnivale schedules for the various islands. Many of them have them, and it can be a fun time to be there. We caught it in Marigot, and in Grenada. I've got tons and tons of entries on the Caribbean in the blog; follow the link in my sig line. Thanks for that! Now in St Bart's awaiting the start of Superbowl. Lovely place, not real cruiser friendly. Great food! Give the kids a pain au chocolat and everyone is happy.
  10. Have you found Sarafina yet over in Marigot? Still one of the best all around french bakeries we've found in the French territories from St. Martin to New Caledonia. Though we found one in New Cal that gives it a run, but it's definitely better on average than anything else we found in the Caribbean or French Polynesia. Grenada is far off from there. If you only have 4-5 months you will have to blow through the intervening islands. There's a lot to see. We did SXM to Grenada on a similar pace, in hindsight I wish we'd taken more time in a few places. Are you sailing back to MA? Or is this a charter boat or something you are leaving down there? Will check out Sarafina. We are on our own boat and will be sailing back. I know we will likely miss a lot given our timetable, but we gots how much time we gots. Several people we have talked to have mentioned Dominca and Grenada as favorites and from reading about them they appeal to us. Seem more about being able to meet local people and do things ashore than seem other islands. BJ what were your favorites in this little corner of the sea?
  11. W have finally left the BVIs and are now in St. Martin. Just bought some pain au chocolate from someone passing around the anchorage selling them from their dinghy. Yummm. Hope to make it as far S as Grenada in March or so. Need to be home (MA) by end of June. I can already tel it will be tough to go back to the real world.
  12. Well, it is sunny, windy and warm here in the islands! We did have one very rolly night. How we suffered.
  13. ok try again
  14. Here was boat #1, Pearson 26, at Block Island, about 15 years ago
  15. In Brooklin, Maine before name change