• Announcements

    • UnderDawg

      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.


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About mrming

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Location
    East Coast, UK
  1. Thanks! Sailmaker's on hols. Headboard is approx 10cm. Roach is medium. Did you use the roach measurement points for your approx number or some kind of roach fudge factor? Edit - pic of the sail here if it helps: https://cloudup.com/cJyNzTV0w19
  2. I want to calculate the area of my mainsail in square metres. I have the following from my IRC cert (in metres): P: 8.05 E: 3.14 MUW: 0.65 MTW: 1.18 MHW: 2.01 Can anyone give me a formula to work out the total area of the sail? ORC have one but it has extra measurement points and my maths is too shonky to adapt it unfortunately - see "mainsail and mizzen" on this page: http://www.orc.org/index.asp?id=17
  3. Bump. Had a chance to get back to it yet Roger?
  4. Okay thanks all. The time limits thing is interesting although we have a sheet of 50 possible courses so not sure how it would be worded. I think the point of making sure everyone knows and accepts the rules of the game in advance is a good one, and we'll work on a solution that takes care of that.
  5. Yes.Simple, effective but sadly not likely to satisfy. The complaint is that the person making the decision to shorten course could advantage their boat / disadvantage another.
  6. That's my answer but apparently it's not good enough. Sigh.
  7. Sometimes we start races from our club line. Due to the nature of the sailing area the fleet loses both visual and radio contact with RO in the hut. There are no support boats. The area is tidal and the wind has a habit of shutting down so we often need to shorten the course and finish at a particular buoy as we'd never make it back to the club line. In the past there's been an assistant RO in one of the racing boats who has made the call and radioed the rest of the fleet to let them know. Boats have then taken their own times at the finish buoy (it's a friendly class with low drama levels). Now we're being told by the club that our system is no good as it leaves the race committee open to requests for redress as the guy making the call is on one of the boats which is actually racing. They want us to do something which complies with the RRS and is not open to question (aiming to prevent people protesting the committee - although no one has ever done that). So question for anyone with more experience of race org than me. Is there a way to do this fairly and practically that would satisfy the people who like the books with the dense writing and the many many clauses?
  8. Thanks for the info. I've raced against a 30 a fair bit but never seen the cabin. There's one locally so am going to try and have a look in it later in the week. There was only 12 SJ32s built and it seems the info is very thin on the ground no matter what you search for. As I said I know the 30 is a go-er on IRC based on a former competitor. Just don't know about the 32 but if the meaningful numbers are similar as you say then there's a chance it might also work.
  9. Has anyone got experience racing one or regularly racing against one, preferably on IRC? Looking for comments on how it might do in club racing and local regattas against a mixed fleet including Impalas, Dehler 34s, J105 etc. I'm familiar with the SJ30 and would be happy to take one racing in this company - the SJ32 has caught my interest as it offers a bit more space down below but information on competitiveness seems hard to come by.
  10. Yep, looks like a yucky job. I have only done a little interior grinding (re-tabbing bulkheads) and it's a horrible job. Why do boatbuilders smear their interiors with chalky crap? The boat I did had carpet glued over that and the glue had crystallized into hard globs that tended to tear the sanding discs. Of course none of it had any structural properties worthy of the name. FB- Doug Glue grinding -That was my 2007 Doug, whilst theboat was still in the yard - i set about about cleaning all the vinyl off the inside of the boat, cleared the local motor factors out of 'tar remover' solvent after reading somewhere it got the glue residue off , which it did but also got totally baked on the stuff, forgot to open the hatches, found myself slumped on the saloon floor laughing my arse off, got with it eventually. FWIW i always thought Westerly's approach to headlining was Einsteins insanity definition made real, 12000 boats built from '64 to '00 and everyone fitted with foam-backed vinyl and everyone of them sagged then fell down, its so well known a problem that it has its own name - 'The Westerly Droop'. Maybe I'm missing something here.... is that a chainplate on top of the portlight? I don't see the chainplate obscuring the window in the interior shots, is the windowframe structural? Un-reinforced chain plates were a standard feature of British boat building! AFAIK that is literally it, no backing. They probably added a couple of extra layers of CSM. That's your legendary "brick shithouse" build quality right there. My terrible French boat on the other hand has hefty rods connecting the back of the chainplates to a large frame glassed into the hull. No problem winding in the necessary rig tension in this froggy death trap.
  11. Ironic that one of the members actually doing major work on an iconic UK boat gets banned from YBW. Says a lot really. SA may have more swearing / banter but people are actually a lot nicer on here. YBW members give lots of great advice but it's often delivered in an odd way where people are trying to one-up the other contributors. Shows the difference between a heavily moderated and lightly moderated forum, and it's no surprise that lighter moderation (SA) works better providing you're not an uptight armchair admiral.
  12. The Loch Long class. Only raced on the Clyde (Scotland) and at Aldeburgh (Suffolk, England). https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Long_One_Design http://www.lochlong.net
  13. Awesome work as always Roger. I'm also guessing you're the only Centaur owner who's ever been to a PE gig.
  14. We have a small swing keeler which sits on the trailer with the keel up, and as a result is a PITA to antifoul. I re-did the bottom and chose Coppercoat because: I wanted to do the bottom once. The boat is hard to paint and I don't want to be under there every season. Coppercoat is tough as hell and lasts at least 10 years. We scrub every 4 weeks so the actual antifouling properties aren't that important. It works okay but not amazingly. People report different results depending on their area. We're in a high fouling area and nothing works that well. Coppercoat works just as well as the International Hard Racing I used before. So I would say it depends what you want. If you scrub regularly it's good. If you're in an area where people have had good results with it, happy days. Also as others have said, bottom prep is key. It stuck to our hull like glue.
  15. I cut the plastic of ours for this same reason. They were rusty underneath and I ended up replacing them. The plastic coated ones are a bad idea.