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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. Check the bearings. The idlers use sealed ball bearings and if the cables suddenly become slightly slack it's because the bearings have packed up. Once you tension the cables (we replaced ours with Spectra- perfect solution) you end up with bearing races grinding on each other. The fix is quite easy- PM me and I'll show you some pics of my fix- pickle the idlers in HCl to clean, and replace the bearings and you're golden for the next few years!
  2. I'd go for analogue resistive senders- simple and stoopid-proof. They need adequate space above for installation purposes, and they are very simple. The N2k converter option is relatively cheap and IMHO they give very adequate interfacing. I've been acquainted with Wema, Vetus and BEP and a few others, and I have a negative opinion of accoustic units on moving boats generally, and monohulls specifically because the liquid surface is always moving. When a level sample is taken the depth of the medium varies, and in some cases the tank architecture can play havoc with reflected signals.
  3. Ain't Vetus. Was likely HYE or something oriental if it's a Saffer boat. It's likely Seaworld from Taiwan, because the sockets look like Goïot which were supplied as standard with the stanchions by one of our local suppliers when the boats were made this side.
  4. Next time I'm out I'll snap a pic of our Emergency Cuppa Fiddles . We lashed the kettle onto the trivet with a loop of Spectra D12 going right round the stove cos we got the shits with retrieving the kettle from the gaping chasm behind the stove. A simple loop through the bale on top of the kettle, made off with a truckers hitch on the trivet outboard and the stove handle inboard fixed our tea craving after an unknown student/crew removed the potholders to the store shed!
  5. ZF changed their clutch bobbin construction fairly recently to obviate the fluid passages. The friction surfaces went from being kinda corrugated or panelled like a sort of conical hone to being smooth like a pencil point, and they specified the change to 15W-40.
  6. Clean up the o-ring seat, and then check how much oil you lose by covering the suspicious area with paper towel. You might be surprised! O-rings do fossilise over time, so here's hoping you get it beat!
  7. As an alternative- what about using spinaker cleats like they have on 505's and Fireballs, amongst others? I'm also against having extra loose gadgets which you have to rely on, but for tweaky strings like outhauls and cunninghams and such, the hassle factor of having to grab the strings with an expensive bit of precision gear is outweighed by the convenience of pumping the line to give it a tweak. I completely sympathise with your predicament, and I see why you're trying to adapt your current situation to fit in with your current boat. Disabled drivers have controls adapted for their requirements, so I say you should think outside the box. Embrace the fact that you're sailing against the odds, but rise above the restrictions of conventional thinking! The pump cleats were the best example I could think of, but what about other solutions? Extra-fat tiller extensions, perhaps? Endless sheets with fat middles like bell-rope baggywrinkle like they have in church belfries? Highfield levers to replace grunty cascades? (I'm seeing outhauls getting dumped at the top mark with a clang as the lever gets tripped, and coming in with a clunk on the beat!) Work with me here guys- maybe fat gloves help for now, but what about folk with more extreme conditions? If they could get sailing like we can, who knows where things could lead?
  8. About 5 years ago a buddy of mine, who specialises in (in no particular order) stills photos of modelling and fashion shows; regattas, and offshore sailing events, decided to try stuffing the HDMI feed from one of his cameras into a wireless modem, with amazing results. Here we have a totally useless telecoms infrastructure (I can only get a 4mb line at home!!!), and a foreign company rolled out fibre-optic comms, as well as microwave links... Welcome to the First World... With this package they offered a home modem/router/phone handset in one device, which is what he used. Anyway, from 3nm offshore he managed to stream back to a laptop in the club and ran coverage of the racing to a big screen back in the harbour, so the veranda-vikings could reminisce about how different sailing is now from when they last set foot on a boat in the 1980's! It's a really neat idea, but to do an even justice I think one needs some sort of buffering to settle timing differences, with a mixer switching between, say, a feed from the committee boat and, say, a feed from a RIB galooting round the course. Let us have your thoughts, because I'm investigating FPV transmitter/receiver options with this idea in mind for streaming 720p back to a mixer which would sync about a second behind real-time.
  9. Ratchet-binders and some tarpaulin material as a parbuckle. Often discussed this with advanced sailing students; bilge pumps are pretty much useless for a hull breach. I know PU foam uses moisture to cure, but does it go off in a wet environment?
  10. WD-40 works a treat, and I've also started using Corrosion-Block samples for exactly the same purpose. (No specific product endorsement implied!) A drop or a squirt on the gooey grease makes a world of difference, and in our heat and weather here we can get to the end of a season on a service with just a quick mid-term touch-up of oily stuff.
  11. Dangly-poles have been used on Enterprises for a while now. As Luke Piewalker says- light loads, 'cos the relative vectors favour the load being taken by the line which runs down the front of the mast. The "shooting line" can be something like 3mm dyneema, as it only pulls the clew to the end of the pole. The "jackstay" is substantially bigger- I use 4mm Dyneema Lite which also serves as my forestay and lets me set 350lbs of tension without complaining. The trick is to get the shooting line to run freely enough to allow the pole to fall away from the clew and run up the mast back to the spreaders, so we use heavy bungee with as long a run as possible. Basically the pole works as an outboard sheeting aid on a deep reach, on those points where you can't quite goosewing but your jib wants to flop away forward.