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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. Not horrible. The way the cockpit scoops water when rail-down is a design fault but I doubt that the designed intention was open water sailing in moderate to fresh conditions. That doesn't have to be a major nuisance if the cockpit drains can clear it quickly. The cockpit lockers need to be sealed and, if the one I sailed was typical, the switchboard needs to be as high as reasonably possible. The rest of it is fine. Within the limitations of a 23'er, these are seaworthy boats.
  2. The Stonehorse is a seaworthy boat, within the limitations of a 23' boat. Good strong, well-supported cutter rig, carrying a lot of sail, easily reduced to a self-tacking heavy-weather rig. It has a few weaknesses. Well, the one I delivered had a few, maybe not representative. The cockpit scoops up the ocean and it pours below through the lockers, onto the engine and the switchboard. Yeah, the switchboard was in the bilge. The removable tiller, which opens up space in the cockpit, removes itself at sea and is a helluva thing to fit in a seaway. I vaguely remember some issue with the 2:1 staysail halyard system. I clearly remember a problem with the 1/4" shackles which were used in place of missing link-plates at the chainplates. A routine inspection after crossing Bass Strait found the shackles were twice as long as they had been and were too distorted to remove without a hacksaw. I failed to note the shackles before heading out. No reflection on the boat. I'd take one of these boats anywhere that I'd take any 23', with minor fixes.
  3. I don't know anything about the Pelagic but I've delivered a few boats with Raymarine and Simrad toy autopilots. By far the biggest issue has been the lack of sealing with the Raymarine units. They may work in the laboratory. In this respect, the Simrad units are better. The cleverest solution I've seen was on a Raymarine unit that had a fish-tank air pump remotely operating to keep the unit pressurised through a thin air-line.
  4. These things have more uses than you can think of. My $14 version (android) has been used on deliveries to check tanks, check cylinder bore, check the internals of a gearbox, check rudder pintles from the dinghy, find paint flakes that stuck to my eyelid and check any number of inaccessible cavities where essential controls disappeared. I deliver some clunkers. Mine is so easy to use, even I can manage. Get one.
  5. Solings and Etchells are in-line and both can be induced to break the rig under jib alone.
  6. It depends on which state in Australia. Here in Tasmania, it's free to anyone. In Queensland, it's free to Qld ratepayers. Unfortunately, it wasn't free for me in Qld when I smashed my paraglider into a hill in Qld. The helicopter was free, that was a "rescue" but the trip to hospital was a four-figure sum. To return to the topic, I'm happy to see my taxes used to rescue people who've gone out there and come a gutser. Things happen.
  7. Four bodies in a 12 man raft will be hard, stressful work. The only way to stop the wind from getting under the floor and flipping the raft is to have each person sitting with their backs against the canopy, if possible with their feet touching in the middle to stiffen the floor. Something we were able to do as "volunteers" in a naval simulation, 25 kn and 2 metre seas, having been tumbled several times while we worked it out. Not something you want to try.
  8. To find a suitable spot for the through-hull transducer on any glass boat, power up your sounder and place the transducer in a plastic bag full of water. Hold the transducer, in the bag, against the hull at a likely spot and check that the sounder reads okay. If not, move it around until it reads. Best done in deep water but you're mainly concerned with reading it in shoals. Once you have the spot, a smear of silicon across the face of the transducer, clear of bubbles, will hold it in place. It seems Ian has forseen this issue and has a site prepared..
  9. Hi Christian Thanks for that. I check my gear frequently. I was referring to the legal requirement in Tasmania, to wear an approved jacket at (almost) all times, the jacket to be regularly tested / inspected by the manufacturer or agent. Sorry for the off-topic.
  10. If comfort is the priority, it's hard to go past an inflatable. But the thing has to inflate. I recently did a delivery which involved sleeping on a bunch of rope on the cockpit deck, with a few inches of water washing over me. Long story. My Stormy Seas yoke didn't inflate, which was a blessing at the time but it worried me. I took it in to Stormy Seas here in Tasmania and they explained that it was an old unit, which would never self-inflate. That's why they've upgraded. It inflated okay when I pulled the cord, even though the bottle was corroded. I bought the upgraded auto-inflater and a new bottle but I'm not too impressed. I've wiped vaseline around the bottle, which looks just as corrosion-prone as the original. I think the regulations here are that inflatables have to be inspected every two years and PFD's are compulsory in most situations. I'm looking for a good combined yoke / harness with manual inflation. I deliver a variety of boats, some with crew, mostly alone so staying attached is the priority, though getting back on deck on a big boat at speed is a whole new problem. Good luck with getting the right gear. Harry