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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.

Whinging Pom

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  1. Jubillee clip driver (aka 7mm socket on a bendy stick) perfect for one handed clip tightening carried out by braille at the back of a locker.
  2. My family used to own a Choy Lee Offshore 40. Almost a sistership to the Reliant, but a smidgin shorter, and reversed layout. If my father hadn't decided to build a new boat, I'd probably still own her. We didn't have any dodgers; got to make sacrifices if you want to look good!
  3. The Norfolk Broads boats have to drop the mast several times a day. There is a foredeck hatch which conceals the counter weight for the mast. Also they have to tack every 10 seconds.
  4. A couple of videos from a crew that left the other East Coast and have now reached Spain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI7z-kFrmDs&t=28s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r94pNX0J8JM&t=166s Amazing guys.
  5. My user name has changed from Whinging Pom to my log in name. How do I change it?
  6. A whipstaff could satisfy the demand for a tiller.
  7. Isn't there some patent stuff for getting rid of cat pee, (apart from a shotgun) that could be tried.
  8. Valis, next time you're heading down wind with the genoa poled out, try unfurling a bit of staysail and sheeting it hard to leeward. Here's a pic from the middle of the Atlantic, you can just see the heavy weather jib to port of the mast and in front of the forehatch.
  9. Pom, I've found that poling out the smaller headsail works better...You usually have more freedom in your angles too, as smaller sail to windward frees up your angles a bit..you can sail a little higher with a smaller jib to windward, but the larger jib to leeward still helps stabilize the boat....but I fully agree that a two headsail arrangement with a mainsail works just fine. That's interesting. There's no way I can pole out my small jib, it's too small! 80% of J and 85% of FL. I'd need a broomstick. The trade wind rig I use was suggested to me by Eddie Shougal, who is in charge of after-sales at Oyster Yachts. On my first trade wind passage the boat was 7/8 fractional and we used two headsails into the headfoil. Worked OK provided it was windy enough. Still rolled like a bastard. The Elvstrom system ain't going to work without poles/
  10. Get yourself a copy of the Seven minute rotator cuff solution. https://www.amazon.com/7-Minute-Rotator-Cuff-Solution/dp/0944831257 Did wonders for my buggered shoulders, at one time I could only move my arms like the Swedish Chef.
  11. One problem with a twin headsail rig is that unless you've got a very flat sterned boat you'll roll your brains out. The best and cheapest system I've found is to sail wing and wing. ie; genoa poled out to windward and the main set to leeward. Then set your heavy weather jib on it's inner forestay and sheet hard to leeward. Suddenly the boat stops rolling and tracks straight, works like magic. Squalls? no problem, just furl the genoa and continue on your way. Sure, gybing is bit more of a faff.
  12. It's not the shape that's the problem, its how it's attached to the canoe body.
  13. Get Dave's surveyor to take a good look at the Sweden's keel. I know of 3 boats that have had problems in that area. Having owned 3 Scandanavian built boats I am of the firm opinion that you are paying for Scandanavian worker's wages rather than any superior quality. On tonnage: ON. stands for Official Number; this is the number in the British Registry of Ships and Seamen. Nett Tonnage: The interior volume of the vessel 100 cubic feet equalling 1 ton. Less reductions for machinery etc. Registered tonnage; variation of the above. Thames tonnage. A very primitive rating rule. IIRC it is the length between stem and stern post x 3.5 beam in feet. No mention of sail area etc. Beam being heavily taxed this lead to the 'plank on edge' cutters of the 1800s. Here endeth the lesson!
  14. Why all this fuss about access over the transom? OK it's fine for swimming, but it is perfectly hopless for trying to get in or out of a dinghy. The damn thing won't lie quietly atwart the tide, it dives under the stern overhang at the slightest opportunity. Your shopping falls in, followed by your last cigarettes, whilst SWMBO complains ... The place to get on or off is midships. The way Nelson did.
  15. On minimal headroom: I went cruising with SWMBO in our first boat with a deck, which was a First Class 8. Even the Frenchies thought we were nuts. You wouldn't believe how difficult it is to pull your oilskin trousers on whilst bent over like a croquet hoop.