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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. I have an older (2008?) Comar AIS. The flashing lights on the front tell me it's not getting GPS and therefore not transmitting my position. Since everything else seems to work, I assumed a bum antenna and swapped in a new one. No effect. Comar has declined to reply to my requests for help. Anyone?
  2. ....in Bermuda.
  3. I've been busy with other things and just checked into hotels near the race venue in Bermuda. Uh...ouch. I'm happy to stay on the boat, i suppose, but a shower and some air-conditioning seem worth pursuing. There's some bigger apartment-type stuff that's reasonable...anyone looking to share? Ideas?
  4. I feel like you and I will be bringing up the back end of Class 2. Lots faster fleet than in previous years. What are you rating in Austin?
  5. I did this recently. It was an epic pain in the ass. I could've probably paid someone to reduce my personal pain, but I spent all my money shipping the thing. Lots of good points in this thread. The electrical system is incompatible with US shore power. Whatever fuel runs the stove isn't going to be a long term winner. Mods were in order to get the head sorted out. I registered mine with the Coast Guard and that paperwork headache is ongoing; they won't accept the bill of sale as proof of ownership unless it's notarized at a US Consulate or done by a notary who attaches an apostille in accordance with the Hauge Convention. For the right boat, the hassle may be worth it. The boat I wanted wasn't available on the East Coast and it cost just about as much to truck it from the West Coast as to ship it over on a cargo vessel. I bought a British owned boat at the right time after Brexit and that was kind of dreamy as far as how far my dollar went. But the ass-pain, and the expense, is ongoing. PM me if you have specific questions.
  6. I had a last-minute raft swap so I ended up a bit behind the 8-ball with what's in the raft's kit versus what was in my ditch bag. But overall the attitude was very helpful and I enjoyed picking the brain of the inspector for good ideas and the things that come from experience I didn't have. But I'm gonna need to buy another smoke float.
  7. I did my delivery with a Go rented from ocens and used predictwind to get gribs. Since I'm an idiot, the fact that everything was so easy was a big plus. Though I did assume a grib was a grib and that I could download one via predictwind and somehow find it and throw it in my routing software. Not so, it seems.
  8. Indeed, I arrived Sunday mid-day. We'll call the delivery a bit of a wash from a sailing perspective--plenty of time under engine, and plenty of time just sitting around being cold freezing my a$$ off, two things I don't anticipate doing much during the race. But it was excellent from a preparation standpoint. I still have a lot to learn about this boat and a lot to learn about singlehanding and you're still all alone on the ocean even when the engine is on. This is such a mental game and that facet interests me. Also, let's face it, stuff is easier and less exciting when you're experienced. Putting about six hundred miles under the keel singlehanded in the last two weeks has been awesome for the experience level. It has also reminded me why we do these races in the summer.
  9. I seem to recall the winner of the last worlds had no jib-boomy-thing at all. Don't recall much from the second-place guy either I confess very little knowledge of how to make an IC go downwind in light air, but in breeze it seemed leech tension on that postage stamp of a jib was fairly close to irrelevant.
  10. Welcome, Tristan! I am sailing my boat from Norfolk to Newport in two weeks. I am super excited about the race, but have long since given up hope of having 'everything ready'. I can't wait to meet the crowd. For those of you folks in Newport, I'll be at NYC on Sunday 23 April for the inspection; come say hello and tell me what I'm doing wrong!
  11. When I plugged my 'fixed' unit in, I was perhaps too busy cursing the lack of instrument data to really think about the implications of other things going on, i.e. the AIS suddenly started working, for example. The AIS had quit working after a night on the delivery where we got banged around pretty good, and enough bodies and gear got tossed around that night for me to believe that the pin was damaged that night. Local guru Greg took a look at my boat and asked me why the wind/depth were NMEA and not SeaTalk, to which I had no reply, because I honestly don't know enough about this. Backing the tape up some more, I recall that in the interval between 'it worked!' and "what the f*ck?" was a whole lot of moving shit around in the boat, installing new stuff, rerouting cables and pumps, etc. He thinks the next step is to take a careful look at all my connections in case something's just been pulled loose elsewhere on the boat during all the boat prep. I think he's right. At first I was kinda tweaked I shelled out the coin and didn't fix the problem, but without seeing that pin broken I probably wouldn't have gotten around to getting it done in time to race because the AIS bit was fairly far down on my list, so we'll call this one a draw. On to cable-running.
  12. It's a small world we live in! I think the Go is probably the way I'll "go" for this one. I assume I'll need the external antenne. Until I get my routing program sorted out, however, there isn't much point in diving off the deep end about getting the data aboard. As the clock starts to run out on boat prep time, I'm seriously considering just renting a satphone and taking the best forecast the day I leave, sailing more or less the rhumbline the whole way, and just kick it and enjoy the trip. A hundred bucks gets me a basic phone. It's two grand to get Expedition and a full Go/antennae rental package, plus the uncountable hours for a technophobe like me to get it all working. </rant> i may be at the hard spot in the prep.
  13. I'm going through this as well. I have a raft aboard, but the recert is 1100-1400 (called the LRSE folks). Bermuda 1-2 rental is $750. It's a jimmy kicker for sure. I am discovering why young, non-rich people don't do this sort of racing. I am also enriching a lot of bankers in this process--hopefully they will offer me a drink off their 60ft Gunboat or whatever in Bermuda, since I'm funding their hobby just as surely as they're funding mine. FWIW, found new 4-man rafts in the $1700 range--but, again, with that 3-year recert requirement and my current life schedule, it just doesn't make sense. If I had the time, I'd set up a swap website for rafts. Not going racing this summer? Rent yours to me for a hundred bucks and get back some of what you've invested.
  14. Ok, will do. It was working fine before all of this. I guess everyone has to feel the burn of marine electronics ignorance at some point.
  15. Ok, I bit the bullet and paid $300 to get the connector fixed by a pro. I plug it back in, and....same problem that caused me to notice this to begin with: no depth or wind data. Wtf?