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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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  3. Wow! These look like the kinds of projects that would be expected of graduating college seniors, if not Masters' theses. Somehow the future looks just a little brighter. Good for them. Good for you and your colleagues. Existence proof that urban public schools are not synonymous with failure. <cutting off Betsy DeVos rant here>
  4. Meanwhile, at the bargain end of Marine aviation.
  5. Not sure I understand the problem exactly, but... The hot tub circuit should be on a separate two-pole breaker. Which should be marked as such in the panel. Flip off the breaker and you should be good to do whatever you need to do. IIRC, code requires you disconnect and cap the disused wire in a junction box if not in the panel. I'd consider adding a junction box with a 220V receptacle at the end of the wire in question, just in case you or a future owner decide to add a hot tub. Better yet, if you're not 100% confident that you know what you're doing, suck up and have an electrician do the work.
  6. Not a fan. Never was. Freshman year in college (ironically, Worcester Polytechnic Institute), the next door neighbors were total assholes with huge speakers, a big amp and a J. Geils fetish. More than once blasted me out of a deep sleep at 2:00 or 3:00 AM - once while fighting a wicked cold. Sorry, J. Geils fans, but I will always associate the band with those pricks. Nonetheless, RIP.
  7. Happened to me when I clicked on this thread.
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  9. (Deadpan) Is such an act even anatomically possible?
  10. Thanks everyone! I have a pretty good idea what I'm going to do. Thanks for suggesting the Ronstan shocks.
  11. On the bright side... nobody will care if you leave the toilet seat up.
  12. Boat is a performance cruiser, 40' LOA, P=47'5", E=17'0", laminate main with four full battens, one season old, always carefully flaked. PO installed a Harken Lazy Jack kit. Two-part cascade, with three legs on each side. I think it's a PITA, but Mrs. T-M vigorously disagrees. Ok, it's kinda nice to have when short-handed, especially in a blow. OTOH, battens hang up in it when we're hoisting, battens sometimes hang up in it off the wind, interferes with proper flaking, the zippers in the sail cover are a PITA, it's a PITA to adjust, weight aloft, windage, chafing and the bitter end is too short to bring all the parts forward. Plus the lines need replacing anyway. I'd like to downsize the line from 1/4", plus be able to easily bring the entire mess forward along the boom and mast. We'd pull it into position just before dousing and re-stow it before putting on the sail cover. Here's what I'm thinking, and want to bounce off folks here: I'm leaning toward HMPE single-braid. New England Ropes STS, because somebody I know can give me a break on NER. I figure that a Brummel splice is going to be easier than double braid eye splice with the skinnier line. Plus less weight aloft and windage. Does that make sense? The top of the old one is a pair of 6' wire pendants, each fixed to the mast, with a small bullet block on the end. I'm thinking about replacing the wire with 5 mm = 5/16" (right?) STS. The plan is a pair of 29mm air blocks shackled to the existing eye strap on the mast, leading down to a clam cleat (?) just above the gooseneck. The pad eye on the mast is 35' above the gooseneck, so I figure 35' + 6' + some extra = 42' (right?). The other two parts are currently 1/4" double braid. The upper pair each has a bullet block spliced to one end, and an eye splice terminating in an eye strap on its respective side of the boom. It passes through the block at the end of the pendant, and the block end supports the lower part. The lower parts are made from a single line. It has an eye splice dead ended with eye strap on the middle port side of the boom It passes up and through the block on the end of the port upper part, then back down to an eye strap fairlead under the boom, back up the starboard side to the upper part, then down to a cheek block and cleat. I think I can go to 3mm = 1/8" STS for those two parts. I'm dithering as to whether to make the lower part in two separate pieces, each dead ended to the boom, or to keep it in one piece for adjustability. I also am a tiny bit concerned about the stamped eye straps chafing at the splices (is it really a problem? what to do about it?). Yeah, I know, TL;DR. If it's too unclear, I'll try to do a drawing. To summarize, the questions are: Is single braid HMPE the right stuff? Are 3 mm and 5 mm, respectively, going to be the right size, or should I move up? Are clam cleats the right thing to use in this application? Do I still need to adjust the lowest part, since I can adjust the top? Your thoughts?
  13. Fixed it for you.
  14. Interesting. Tonight I bought an Australian rack of lamb for $USD 9.99 per pound (on sale, regularly $11.99). American rib chops ranged from $14.99 for basic supermarket industral to $18.99 for fancy organic free-range. Dumping? Better not tell Cheeto Man ....
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