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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.

Bitter Gnat

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  1. Maybe shouldn't admit this, but we own an S2 8.0B. Yeah. Probably the slowest boat on the lake. But it does make a great raft-up platform and dock condo. So, yeah. Anyhoo, got a lot of help with the restoration project here: S2 Owners Forum
  2. Actually, the other side would be helpful. There were a whole slew of these things that came out of China during the 90's for the "Restoration Hardware" types stores.
  3. FWIW - In the early 90's the soon to be wife and I crewed on Ultrashock for a few San Diego regattas. Was more of a mercy mission. I Forget the owner's name. Boat was not as prepared as the top performing boats. I remember it had an old grandfathered Kevlar main that looked like crap. Regardless, we did manage to eek out a few good finishes. Never thought the boat was a dog. In the end, I think the owner was more interested in the cruising aspects of the boat. Never saw her race after that in any of the "hot and heavy" fleet races of the mid-90s.
  4. Wings (ex Hombre) was a fast boat. Dennis Case sold her off to somebody in Houston, TX. Ended up a total loss when it was sunk at the HYC docks by Hurricane Ike in 2008. I'm biased, but Super Gnat was also a well kept and fast hull. Cliffy sold it right after winning "SDYC Yacht of the Year" in 2003. Renamed Joann. No idea where she is now?
  5. It is a silly sport.
  6. We had an Etchells named "Chicken of Bristol".
  7. I stand corrected on the Fire Drill stint. Explains the red paint job. Her record as Coruba is impressive. Her Marishiten accomplishments were nothing to scoff at either. Multiple Transpacs, Kenwood Cups and Record-holding Japan/Guam races. My favorite was the 333nm day we did on her during the 1991 Japan/Guam race. That was fast. On the negative side, she was infamous for breaking masts!
  8. Maxx - She came out of the mold as the new Marishiten that was built to replace the 56 foot titanium Marishiten. She was the Carbon/Glass version of her aluminium sistership "Maverick" (Which I believe got converted into a cruiser and is down in the Caribbean now.) When we got her back to California in 1992, she was sold to another Japanese owner and renamed "Gecko VIII". It did the 1993 Transpac and then was sold off to Rob and Zanne? Someday I'll find the time to scan all the photos. The years I spent on her was the greatest time of my life, but don't tell my wife and kids I said that!
  9. Great to hear the owners are cool people. Makes me happy. Here are a couple of shots from the Marishiten years: 1991 Delivery to Japan from Hawaii (Me on left. Ward Neale on helm. Photo by Murray Spence) My legs. Ant Atoll near Phonapei, FSM. Got a ton more, but they are locked up in a POD. In between houses right now.
  10. Thanks BCAM. I think I found her on Google Earth... Sad she isn't sailing much, but great they are keeping care of her. Beautiful place to be.
  11. Looking for any updates on the N/M68 "Coruba". I was crew on her back in the early 90's during the "Marishiten" years. I last saw her in Ala Wai back after the 2005 Transpac. Followed some of her results after that, but have not seen much since. Still in the Seattle area? Just want to know if the old girl is still being treated well? Thanks in advance!
  12. My dog is still in the Circle of Friends. Here is tonight's delight...
  13. Ah yes - my mistake. A cold that is making my brain foggy. And it is now over 20 years ago - phuque me! Use to drink with the mastmakers/riggers with TNZ in a divey bar just off Shelter Is. and N Harbor Drive. It marquee said: "Semi-live entertainment". A picture of it somewhere. I'm sure some SD sailors know the place Club Marina - Home of Semi Live Entertainment. Still there to this day. One of the infamous ACDC stops. (Americas Cup Drinking Club)
  14. Ah. Been a while. Great boat. Good times. (BTW Not my sister. I'm the guy who was crazy enough to marry into the family. 22nd anniversary this past Saturday.)
  15. We saw a motor assisted surf up to 15.something on the Super Gnat a long time ago before the start of a Cabrillo race. Huge swell off Zuniga. The whole fleet was motoring down the crests trying to catch rides. We caught one and almost missed the start trying to get back to the line. Out of curiosity, what boat? Sail number?