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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. NotSoFast ..Couple of comments... If you are seeing a stern light it is not as if you have no idea what the course of the other vessel is. If you are seeing it to your port, as in our example, you know that it is to your port and slightly ahead of you. The maximum angle of approach is less than 67.5 degree. When you start turning to starboard this angle would start diminishing and you would eventually become parallel. Thats what i meant. I would begin to turn to starboard as an immediate action, while observing how the distance changes.If there is an immediate danger of colliding with a vessel so nearby, i would choose to worry about other vessels after avoiding this one. If you choose to stop, ( to put an end to all your worries) each time you see a stern light, then you would probably be out of your job pretty quickly or you wouldnt make it there in the first place. If i am the destroyer, and ahead, and somebody closes in on me my first reaction would be to put distance between us and i would run away at full speed without thinking. And seconds later on second thought i would steer to port preferably. Some solutions require immediate action and may not be hundred percent correct. My answer to the question is entirely based on what i would do in a real life situation where time and distance is limited. As opposed to finding the most correct or the safest solution. I am sure all the Masters here shall put us on the correct course. By the way, what would you choose to do short of stopping entirely?
  2. I don't think one has to be a Master to make the wright decision. Certainly I am not. Intuitively if i am the container ship i would first keep my speed but turn to starboard to make sure that i am putting adequate distance between myself and the stern light. Diverging away from the parallel course should also help increasing the distance as you would be vectorally slowing down. When i see the green light clearly and there is enough distance then i would resume course and safely overtake. if despite turning to starboard i am unable to increase the distance then there is a possibility that the green light is not on and/or the destroyer is also turning to starboard. In that case i would cut the engine and slow down while continuing to turn to starboard. If i were the destroyer i would turn to port and speed up, both to put more distance between both vessels and also to avoid a possible collision.
  3. I do not agree with this. Mass and srength are two different things. If you fire a cannon ball weighing 100 kilos, head on to a commercial airliner weighing 100 tons, probably the cannon ball would be slightly dented, whereas the plane would be destroyed.
  4. On a different note... I thought grey vessels were built as strong as a battleship! Looking at the damages sustained, i wonder... Fitzgerald is lucky for not going under whereas there is hardly a dent on the container ship.
  5. What about the Scheel keel? As far as i can remember the objective was to prevent water flowing from the high pressure side of the keel (underneath the keel) to the low pressure side thereby reducing an induced vortex. I think he even mentioned this by observing spiriling bubbles in the wake of the keel. Could it be that the wings mentioned are primarily serving this purpose and act as a barrier to this flow?
  6. My choice would be a GUNBOAT!
  7. Yes.. A single luff.. than two. On the other hand ı guess it would be very difficult to work it other than DDW, Perhaps easier to control compared to a spinnaker, but on a narrower range.
  8. Why is it that when Swans are mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is their relatively high cost. They are good looking and built like a rock. If i were to cross an ocean on a 20 year old boat, i would definately choose a Swan than a Beneteau.
  9. One of my all time favourites.
  10. When the ship runs with a bone in her teeth, a camera at the bow detects it and signals back to the tactician in the form of barking. Very useful tool.
  11. Just before a start a boat called 'xyz' s rudder catches the anchor line of the pin buoy and starts dragging it alongside. Race comitee radios to all boats, declaring that the start line has just been changed! The new line is between the comitee boat and the yacht 'xyz' :-)
  12. A Hippo?? To me, she looks like more of an upside down dolphin.
  13. There are only two happy days for a boat owner. The day you buy her, and the day you sell her. So go for the one you like most.
  14. I want an all women crew with tits this big.
  15. To help keep the costs down, they decided to use the keel recovered.