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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. Towing a trailer in the UK limits you to 60 mph. Strap the boat to the roof and you can belt along.
  2. Thanks Clive. I think you've caused me enough trouble trying to get the RS300 round the course without you showing me that Cherub. Congrats on your flights !
  3. That looks very nice indeed ! I really like the sheeting arrangement with the traveler giving the angle of sheeting and the main sheet tightening the leach without the kicker being wound up to the max. It gives a nice low ( and efficient ???) boom which I guess springs up when the main sheet is released to tack. My hunch is 8 sq.m of sail is about spot on for this narrowish (1.4 m beam), lightweight hiker. By comparison, the RS300 is 2.0 m wide and has 10 sq.m of sail which pretty much gets you fully hiked in 8 knots. The boat is clearly very, very well thought out and the I can't wait to see these popping up in club racing.
  4. Seriously ? Only Pouilly-Fumé will do on these rare balmy evenings.
  5. Yep. It's 16 years old and still looks very sharp and modern.
  6. And in a hiking, non upwind planing boats, one spends a lot of time upwind in an average race and it's where the bulk of the tactics are and place changes are made. Therefore, it's vital the boat must be a delight to windward. Nimble, quick, responsive, quick tacking, close winded etc. RS know this. They've just dumped a boat that had these features by the bucket load; the RS 300.
  7. Yep, I think that's about it. I've only raced Lasers when I've very occasionally borrowed them. Nothing to do with hiking but when I sit in one, down wind, I seem to pop out the ligament thing behind my right knee. The way I sit. It's an old tennis injury that I did when I was 16. It pops back if I gently and slowly straighten my leg - which is a bit shite if you're approaching the gybe mark on the inside having claimed water on a lot of boats who are demanding you gybe ! So, I know the cockpit on a Laser is crap for me. Funnily enough, no other boat does it. Maybe an inch or two extra cockpit depth ( oo arr matron...) would be enough - or none like a skiff. But going back to Lasers, I had a good look at one this week and I have to say what a brilliant design they are for ease/time and cost of manufacturing and minimising materials. It was an early one without the upgrade kit. Really, really simple with the key fittings just right. There is a lot of good design stuff to nick from the Laser and I can't see any of that good stuff in Fraser's boat - even visualising at a production level.
  8. I think they have a lot of distances between builders, sailmakers, mast makers and the place they sail the boat. Give them a break. They built the boat quickly and they probably didn't look too closely at other similar production boat designs. If you look in details at a D1, RS300, RS100, Laser and even an OK and Finn, you begin to realise how neat some of the little design details are which are way more than just aesthetic. As for sailing the shite out of the thing, I would have sailed the shite out of all the current crop of single hander hiking boats boats first.
  9. Good post. The Laser is a great piece of product design and ticks loads of boxes for the users and for the manufacturers. This makes it very difficult to improve upon. And I think it's got years of product life ahead. Maybe the RS300 is a good attempt at improvement as it pretty much meets the spec of Laser simplicity with the added improvements you have noted. It may be a tad narrow but coming from a Moth it will seem positively barge like. But the RS300 is no where near a commercial success and this is with a knowledgeable & successful company behind it. So, other Laser wannabes, with worse designs than the 300, will never be commercially viable. The people that spend time and money going down this route can only be doing so for their own satisfaction. And I think the Shaw 4 sits in this category.