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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. Bring up "Grandpa's Hammer."
  2. Are you kidding me? This is what you find to be a relevant topic of discussion?
  3. Bone, What do you sail now? YD Have liked these boats since the Farrar-build thread. Still hoping the Class will find some commonality. what do you sail now?
  4. Bone, What do you sail now? YD
  5. There is a sarcasm font. Who knew?
  6. I sail a fat-head main against other 26s with square tops under a box rule that specifies a pin head. That may seem chaotic to you, but for the time being I sail in handicap fleets and it's just not a big deal. Once there are sufficient numbers of boats that want to sail together as a class we will draw up standards we can agree upon for sails and displacement, etc. There has already been some discussion in that regard and the boats are not that far apart. It will not take much to change to a pin head or square top or do anything else required to conform to a rule. There are always people watching and waiting and you can join them if you want. I’ll be out on the water.
  7. Yes, darling, the design was originally envisioned as a box-rule boat and as such some design limitations were imposed. The box rule is poorly understood by the average sailor so box-rule fleets have not taken off here. In the meantime owners race their boats under some handicap system and are free to modify their boats to extract more performance from them with the expectation or at least the possibility of changing them back to conform to class rules when and if a class develops. Quotation marks? Really? Sales of the boat have not yet reached a critical mass where numbers justify forming a class, but they are getting there. In the meantime present owners are having fun sailing them and are not too concerned what the future holds. The design is not about what happened, it's a work in progress. Safe to presume you are an owner, YD? Where does Mr Donovan stand on what you call "a work in progress"? And the Builder? Owners are certainly at liberty to evolve the boat configurations to their liking as you suggest, but for those on the outside of the fleet it appears as though there may be little continuity from one boat to the next. There are people racing more-costly boats who are interested in these boats for their "bang-for-the-buck" ROI, but are put off by the apparent inconsistencies. So while you're off racing in whatever configuration you prefer, the marketability of the boat may be suffering. It would seem that someone needs to determine how the boats will be Class-configured and soon. Otherwise these neat little boats are likely to be unable to gain traction because potential owners don't know what next week might bring. As it is, it would seem as though there may be some orphans, pin head or fat head, near term. Not everyone is likely to be interested in reconfiguring the rig. I am an owner. Jim and Windseeker Yachts can speak for themselves. What is your interest? More to the point, what is your intent? What are you trying to do?
  8. Yes, darling, the design was originally envisioned as a box-rule boat and as such some design limitations were imposed. The box rule is poorly understood by the average sailor so box-rule fleets have not taken off here. In the meantime owners race their boats under some handicap system and are free to modify their boats to extract more performance from them with the expectation or at least the possibility of changing them back to conform to class rules when and if a class develops. Quotation marks? Really? Sales of the boat have not yet reached a critical mass where numbers justify forming a class, but they are getting there. In the meantime present owners are having fun sailing them and are not too concerned what the future holds. The design is not about what happened, it's a work in progress.
  9. You've been an advocate for the Donovan GP26 for a considerable time, Herb. When does yours arrive? He has owned one for some time.
  10. The Tartan 37 is a comfortable cruiser that will hold up in weather, but it is not a racer which accounts for the rating.
  11. Thanks but I would not call that race solid - we had a substantial wardrobe malfunction (aka kite wrap) during a gybe not too long after the start which put us on our back foot (it was ugly). Luckily it was light air so that long light air upwind back home certainly was our comeback. BTW - I saw you signed up for the Miles River Race - you are in the wrong PHRF fleet - you should be in our fleet (A2) - might want to change that before Saturday Thanks Christian. This was the first notice I received.
  12. Yeah, you wouldn't want to be a tool and hijack the thread.
  13. Sleeve of Wizard
  14. Snowed in Annapolis on Saturday. We went sailing on Sunday. Second sail for 2609 to tune rig and electronics. (Thanks Ryley!) http://youtu.be/UbZI1Ampk48
  15. I have a short video of us sailing 09 yesterday, but SA says I am not allowed to post it. Can anyone help a brother out?