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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. +1 A centerboard is shallow when I need shallow, and deep when I can use it.
  2. There is simply no reason for your parents to have been unable to find interesting places to gunkhole down here that is directly attributable to the geography of - or development along - the west coast of Florida. Just look at the Nautical Charts from Anclote Key to the Dry Tortugas! You could spend weeks identifying all the possible cruising destinations and interesting places to stop and anchor. You could spend a lifetime actually reaching and exploring them. I always have a difficult time cruising north towards Tampa because there are just too many cool places I don't want to pass up! It should be a two day trip. but it always takes me five because I have to visit Cayo Pelau, Cayo Costa, Lemon Bay, Sarasota Bay, Longboat Pass, Egmont Key, Ft Desoto Park, Bishop Harbor, and ...... ..Going South, Uspeppa Island, Cabbage Key, St James City, Factory Bay, Ft Myers, Sanibel, Matanzas Pass, Naples, Marco Island, Ten Thousand Islands, Shark River, the Florida Keys, and..... The ONLY people I have seen who have a problem are the ones who ship a deep draft boat down, and try to go cruising here. If your parent's boat was the standard keel (deep) version, then that was their big mistake. A boat drawing 5 -1/2' to 6 feet, or more, is simply not going to "fit" well down here for gunkholing, and you will absolutely be "cut out" of many neat places to cruise. Stay under 5' of draft, and you can get to quite a few places. Stay under 4' of draft, and you can get to many, many, more.
  3. My experience has been that helm balance is also a function of the hull shape(s) when heeled - not just the CE to CLR relationship. In varying conditions and configurations, one factor can become the dominant factor over another. When the winds get much over 30, my mainsail usually comes down completely and is lashed to the boom. Sailing with just a partially rolled-up working jib upwind, I can still develop weather helm when heeled deeply. (...I will groan when a gust lays her down and she rounds up with just a headsail, ) Of all the wonderful boats shown on this forum, your's is near the top of the list of ones I'd like to sail. I think your boat looks like a happy little ship, and I enjoy your pictures and words very much! Thank you so much for sharing your story!
  4. St Marks is a wonderful spot to visit - but downright lousy for sailing. I had a Compac 16 (18" draft) that could not be easily sailed there (..I tried twice IIRC) - the water was too shallow. Alligator Point was the closest decent launch ramp, but for sailing out of there we were limited to the open Gulf (no protection) so some days we just couldn't go out in the small boat. Almost every place west (...toward Pensacola) offers better sailing, but then you are getting farther and farther away from Tallahassee.
  5. I love my plastic boat. I do have a little "Bondo" here and there (..small dabs, not large swaths), because after 48 years, shit happens! So, I've got 99.875% great boat. That's good enough for me.
  6. This picture was taken on a Saturday. The solid rail lifelines must have gone on by Thursday because the clearly superficial and cosmetic damage was all taken care of by Tuesday. Just a dent. Not a complete wreck ....
  7. So, basically, once it gets in the Gulf, it can go anywhere from Texas to Florida. I bet they could have told you that long before before computers got involved.
  8. ..Hmmmmm.. errr ...uhhh ...I don't know....
  9. ...It is thick-wall stainless steel tubing, and it weighs almost more than I can pick up. I had to transport the rudder from dock to garage on a hand cart. The new rudder uses a straight tube with some weldments added - but the original one is bent aft and a bit longer. Perhaps I may dissect it, dry it out, and see if I can rebuild it and keep it as a spare. If I can't do a good job, I'll give you the stainless steel. (..I could carry the new rudder out to the boat easily.)
  10. ..I thought this was a great idea! A Morgan 30 Scimitar Rudder Mailbox! ....What else can I do with the old rudder? It's taking up valuable space in my garage. Maybe I should just bury it in the back yard. Then, two hundred years from now, somebody will find it and have to figure out what it was: "..A Mailbox?" "No.".
  11. ...No worries about shots here. But, having the neighbor dogs always pissing on it might bother me ..eventually.
  12. Kevin, The Autopilot is a Raymarine ST-2000 - and it came with the boat. I've owned the boat for 11 years, and the autopilot was a few years old when I bought the boat. The only thing I have ever had to do it is repair/replace the plug on the end of the power cord after I have inadvertently stomped it while flaking the mainsail. (..I have done this three freakin' times - you'd think I would learn, but noooooo.....) Anyway, it has been a wonderful thing to have. I bought the boat in Jacksonville, and it was a 400+ mile trip home - mostly down the ICW, and mostly under power. The Morgan 30 is a pretty miserable beast under power, and without that auto-pilot I'm sure my trip would have taken much longer because 12 hour days at the helm under power and alone would have burned me out quickly. I regularly use it when hoisting the mainsail, and anytime I have to motor for more than 15 minutes. It has been a flawless piece of equipment, and I will buy another when this one dies. For single-handed sailing, it is ideal. While the boat can be made to self steer nearly anytime the wind is forward of the beam, off the wind she will absolutely wander all over the place. The auto-pilot is a great tool when sailing off the wind for long stretches. I do think that when I do a longer distance cruise some day, I may buy two of them to carry one as a spare - I really feel it adds that much to my quality of life under sail alone. I have no idea if they even make this model any more,but it has been bullet-proof for me. Your mileage may vary. - Tom Hi David, Great to hear form you! I haven't heard from you in a while - but I have been following your progress on your blog. Very nice! I think the fresh water environment you are in is less damaging to your rudder's metal parts. My rudder had salt water in it, and after 48 years, I just lost confidence in the integrity of the rudder's stainless steel bits. The blade was starting to split down the leading edge, and it had stress cracks up near the top, it was saturated, and I figured I could have easily spent near the cost of the new one trying to make the original one closer to sound. It was just time. Of course, now I have to figure out what to do with my old rudder. I wanted to bury it about half the blade deep out near the curb, and weld a mailbox atop the shaft to create a custom a Morgan 30 Scimitar Rudder Mailbox! ...but ...my wife gave me "the look" ..so that idea is out. ...I look forward to seeing some pictures and/or video of Blue Jacket sailing this year. You are really doing a good job! So, don't rush it ...but HURRY UP! Sail On! -Tom
  13. ..Ya know, I had 360` to chose from when drilling out the rudder shaft for the rudder head bolt. I got darn close to "right" using my TLAR method, but it seems I missed "right" by 1.2 degrees. Motoring home today, I hooked up the autopilot and stood back to see where the tiller settled when the boat was going straight and the pilot was making no corrections. It looks like the tiller is about one-ish degree to port while motoring straight ahead. Oh well, maybe the next owner will do better in 48 years. ...Perhaps when I get the new tiller cheeks made, I'll have them bent 1.2 degrees to starboard.
  14. After a couple of weeks of no sailing due to boat chores, today was a day to get back on the water! It was hot, and the wind was gusting to perhaps 4 knots, but Whimsy still carried me around the harbor so I could relax, reflect, and dream. I saw no other sailboats out sailing (..it was a power boat day), but I enjoy a good light air sail every once a while - particularly when I have nowhere to go, and no time to be there. Very relaxing! If you are so inclined, you are welcome to enjoy four minutes of the ride. Sail On!