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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. About 20 or 25 years ago I bought a sheet of plastic material from a local supplier. Not sure what it is, but they said it was used as those divider panels on golf driving ranges so my errant shots don't hit the next guy. Anyway it is similar to starboard, but seems a bit lighter and stiffer. The stuff was easy to cut and shape, low maintenance (just clean occasionally), and has not shown any degradation from UV. I did add some horizontal braces on the upper panels to stiffen them up a bit. It's an option. Doesn't look as sweet as varnished wood, but as a daysailer, the boards are the first thing removed and the last thing replaced so their aesthetic appeal is not a big concern to me, YMMV.
  2. Forum drift? Never heard of it.
  3. The boat actually appears to be in sailable condition. The interior crud, old cushions, table, etc can be addressed on an as needed basis. All boats are projects, you just have to prioritize functionality and aesthetics. Dirt and wear can be bargaining point where you could really lowball it. I'd still keep looking though and keep this one in mind if others don't pan out. Likely there are plenty of others that will be in better shape.
  4. Why didn't I think of that.
  5. I see that dual parallel tape thing again. Ever get an answer to why two lines are needed?
  6. The fitting on the back, I think it is called a tang, sees much lower force and stress than the chainplates on the sides. The chainplates are thicker (stronger) metal and less easily formed than the tang, which is much thinner. Probably why the builder made them internal and through the deck where a single minor bend was the only forming needed. Don't over think it or worry too much, just seal the current gap and get some sailing time in. You'll have a slew of questions and issues before the cplates need to be addressed again.
  7. Thanks. Since the owner is also distant from the boat maybe he would consider a lower offer due to transit costs? Might be worth a shot. Something about Lake Mead (why don't they call it a reservoir?) makes me think a boat this size would be better than a smaller boat.
  8. Wonder if the gap was caused by a sloppy mast raising experience. Looks like there is a hinged maststep, a bad twist while raising or lowering could have pulled the wrong way on the chainplates. Maybe check the mast step area for damage before you step it. Other than that just rig it up and seal it and go sailing. I wouldn't do any major reconstruction at this time. Do you plan on trailering often or will you be keeping the mast raised for extended periods? Interesting looking boat, bless its heart.
  9. Whatever happened to the Islander 32 you were posting about last week? Can't recall if you contacted the owner or what?
  10. Keep in mind that small stuff like handrails can be added without extensive surgery. And you already stated that this boat will be an interim purchase that you expect to lose money on. So you can get as creative as you want with add-ons.
  11. Your overall plan sounds solid. Only issue might be getting the wife comfortable with sailing motion. Some folks just never get comfortable with heeling and repeated exposure doesn't help. Go easy on her if she doesn't adapt quickly. Don't go there, fucker.
  12. Based on where you'd be putzing around, go with the "that'll do" option.
  13. The hulls all seem to have dual parallel taped lines. I'm guessing one is a waterline mark, and maybe used to set level? Not sure of the need for the other, or why two are needed? Just curious.
  14. Edward Whittemore has an interesting quartet series dealing with the history of Jerusalem and the middle east. Mixes historical facts with some bizarre twists. One of the characters for instance is seemingly based on Sir Richard Burton, the 19th century explorer; and the true bible is the writings of on an imbecile translating a blind beggars tales. Strange books but very interesting. The first two books, Sinai Tapestry and Jerusalem Poker are the preferred of the 4. The Stepford trilogy by Robertson Davies is another series to consider. They can get complex at times, but never drag.