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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.


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  1. “If in winning a race, you lose the respect of your fellow competitors, then you have won nothing” Legendary sailor Paul Elvstrom 1928 - 2016
  2. Try this link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/business/energy-environment/offshore-wind-energy-long-island.html?_r=0 i reread the article, they never gave numbers but the illustration looked like hundreds. They are also right in the rhumb line. I am more concerned with the disturbed air downwind of the turbines than calm.
  3. Wow, perhaps "worried" wasn't the right word. Maybe "concerned about the vortices or calms that are sure to be downwind of these things" would have been better wording. Much has been written about how to handle the gulf stream but I heard nothing about how to handle wind turbines. Now I realize that getting the gulf stream wrong can cost many hours and these 5 wind turbines could only be minutes, but when there are a hundred of them?
  4. I just read that there are 5 wind turbines off Block Island and they are planning hundreds more. Is anyone worried about these things? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/business/energy-environment/offshore-wind-energy-long-island.html
  5. Single handed bible: http://sfbaysss.org/resource/doc/SinglehandedTipsThirdEdition2.pdf
  6. Good point, never thought of that. However my "core" is Coosa Composite panels. Can I get away with it?
  7. Cut the hole a little bigger so the shank fits in, cut about 3/4 of those prongers off (or get the ones with holes in them for brads), and put a little thicken epoxy on them. Then tighten up the bolts and let the epoxy harden.
  8. What's wrong with tee nuts?
  9. Saw this on ship shape tv. I don't know anything about them. http://dryboat.com
  10. I am rebuilding my rudder now. Old (31 years) one had corrosion on a bent SS shaft and 40 lbs of water in the foam. I will be making a new SS shaft with new frame welded to it, instead of foam, I will be using Coosa Composite Nautical 15 panels (Coosa can only absorb 5% water). These panels will be epoxied in place and a much lighter fiberglass schedule will surround the Coosa. I am also getting PYI roller bearings to replace the bronze bushings.
  11. Here you all go. We have all kinds of handicap ratings systems, and trophies for each one. Make the MMS (Momentary Measurement System), have each competitor declare how much he has spent, devise a way for the poor to become even with the rich and have a new set of trophies. Then we could have protests where one competitor complains that another could not have only spent X amount as was declared on his entry form. They could get lawyers and accountants involved and... Ah, the hell with it, never mind.
  12. I have a rudder rebuild in my future. Current rudder is 300 lbs (waterlogged foam). Should I change design, maybe add rounded bottom like Jefa rudders without changing stainless steel? Plan is to replace foam with Coosa composite panels to add strength and reduce water inclusion. Then to wrap with fiberglass and epoxy.
  13. The American political landscape has really changed recently. The left has always thought the right was crazy and vice versa, but now (the recently part) the left has moved further left (Sanders) and the right has moved further right (Trump). So what is the answer? Saunders plan to tax the rich more and give to the poor won't work. It will just make more people stop working and live off the government dole. And there are not enough rich to support the lazy now. Trump's plan seems to be flawed because the rich would just get richer. Even though now that the top 62 richest people own the same amount of assets as the bottom half of the worlds population (up in 5 years from the top 388 richest)(http://montrealgazette.com/storyline/the-top-62-billionaires-have-as-much-wealth-as-the-worlds-poorest-half-oxfam-says). Again I ask is what is the answer? Instead of the rich being forced to give money to encourage the lazy to do even less they should sponsor the energetic to do more. I know this is an extreme example, but take me for example. I am rebuilding a sailboat to compete in the Bermuda 1-2. The cost of this project will probably be more than I can manage and even make the 2019 race. With a half million dollars, I could employ 3 people to finish this yacht, buy a lot of equipment made in the USA and make the 2017 race. The rich are smart people, I am sure they can come up with better examples (I am a little biased). Either get them to figure this out or the government will do a lousy job of figuring it out for them.
  14. Beautiful job there Red Viking. You have a much taller and wider transom than I have. Also my upper rudder support is almost all the way up to the deck. So my "open cockpit" will end up more like big "mail slots" that 12 meter mentioned. Achieving the 50% figure may require the lowering of the cockpit sole aft of the rudder like a step down. While we are on the subject of the ISAF OSR, I must comply with 3.13, the watertight bulkhead rule. I do have a watertight bulkheads in the bow that are above the waterline but not up to the deck. Is this sufficient? On Tom Ray's point, I am planning on towing a line attached to the tiller that will bring the yacht up and slowed when pulled.
  15. Thanks all. Between you all and the salesman, I'll be ordering them.