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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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    Sailing, boat restoration, salt water flyfishing, hard drinking.
  1. I was headed from Solomon's to Norfolk on the 18th. Forecast was for 22 gusting to 30. By mid-morning it was blowing a steady 35 gusting to 50. Getting into the James with that NW headwind was Not Fun.
  2. Looks like it has not happened, and he's signed up for A2B as of the moment. The boat is sitting in the EYC lot without a for sale sign on it.
  3. I actually ran into someone the other day that believed that story, lol. It was pretty funny.
  4. The white plastic piece is the safety cam. You have to depress it to be able to open the gate to the mouth of the clip. That's actually a fairly easy and straightforward operation. It's the hook on the end, that the gate mouth wire locks into, that is a problem when unhooking from a jackline. Snap shackles are meant to be easy to operate when under load, at least theoretically. The load is on apex of the swinging gate and the piston bar is angled up towards that apex to reduce friction on the bar to make it more easily releasable under load. Not perfect but not a bad solution. Some examples have a beefier pull lanyard, like with plastic balls on them, that is an improvement. I consider those webbing cutters for tethers to be a poor excuse for a safety item. Imagine trying to locate it, orient it properly, get it on a twisted tether, and cut it while inverted hanging over the leeward side in the water at night. Fuck that. Give me a super sharp sheepshead safety knife, like a Boye, thank you very much.
  5. I think that's going to take awhile, as they'll have to negotiate with the insurance company and get rebuild vs. build new estimates and plans. Personally, seeing the damage, I don't see how they can possibly rebuild with the top two floors being literal toast. The smoke and water damage below that has to be significant as well. If I were in their shoes, I would be asking what clubhouse do we want to meet our future needs and build that from the ground up to meet that need. The existing building was actually a pretty good looking iteration of that type from it's time period. It was an efficient use of space, huge amounts of light and great views out on the harbor and creek, great access to the decks and docks. It was never an eyesore and was right on the edge of historic Annapolis and looked far better than some surrounding buildings, such as the Marriot eyesore. All that said, I hope if they rebuild that they go with a design that better reflects/echoes/respects historic Naptown's architecture.
  6. I've seen them both ways, although the nutter cutter style is what I see most and what I use. I've tested them out, jumping off a high dock a few times and found that when "comfortably snug" they do their job. They don't limit my mobility or comfort, but that might just be how my body is shaped or how I move, I dunno.
  7. The SAS course pounded on the fact that you shouldn't be trying to move or swim offshore in a PFD. You should wait for a rescue. Reason being, in waves, current, and wind, you can't swim anyway. A rescue swimmer has a gumby suit, and large flippers with a snorkel as aids. And your crew on board is much more maneuverable in a floating boat than you are in the water. That is the recommendation if all you can do is sit there and wait, since preserving your body warmth becomes the first priority. That said, there are circumstances where some degree of mobility is helpful, such as climbing into a life raft or getting to a throw rope, etc. I think for me the biggest factor is failure rate. I've always looked at my inflatable a bit sideways and suspiciously, despite checking it regularly. The notion that the bladder might fail at just the point where I need it not to is pretty disconcerting and does tend to haunt me at times. Eliminating that fatal point of failure does have it's merits if only ultimately for piece of mind.
  8. This strikes me as totally bizarre thinking. It's equivalent to 60% of the time, it works every time. The fact that you float higher up until you don't float at all is not all that comforting. The majority of people who go overboard die of hypothermia, whether they have a PFD or not. Wearing a PFD at least lengthens your survival window as it keeps you floating while unconscious, provided someone is actually looking for you.
  9. Wow. He has a point. Tarring people with "pseudo-communist Marxist attacks" doesn't exactly elevate the quality of discourse on the topic, lol.
  10. I think they should all wave Baby Ruth bars during the opening ceremonies.
  11. And maybe you've not had a close up tour of their sailing center and basin at the Naval Academy. I used to complain that it was an excessive use of my tax dollars until someone who works there told me it's all paid for by boosters and alumni. It's pretty spectacular, and their N44's are very well equipped, not to mention their TP 52 and J/120, both donated to the program. Cool, get me an autographed poster at the next fanboy association meeting? Cheers. Look, I'm sorry you work for the gov't and are surrounded by cheap shit. My point was pretty plain; they're not poorly outfitted.
  12. I don't think you can reasonably disagree. I've spent 30+ minutes in the water in an inflatable; the lack of mobility is pretty severe. And getting into a life raft is incredibly difficult, even in calm conditions, with that thing in your face and chest. And his point about maintenance is a really good one, not to mention that if the bladder fails for any reason you're fucked. I'm certainly going to rethink my choice for offshore based on his points. Interestingly, the Safety at Sea seminars never address the issue from what I recall, which strikes me as a bit of an oversight.
  13. And maybe you've not had a close up tour of their sailing center and basin at the Naval Academy. I used to complain that it was an excessive use of my tax dollars until someone who works there told me it's all paid for by boosters and alumni. It's pretty spectacular, and their N44's are very well equipped, not to mention their TP 52 and J/120, both donated to the program.
  14. The mids on the Naval Academy's Navy 44's wear non-inflatable life vests much of the time. Perhaps someone can identify the make/model from the picture below. Given their program I'd be surprised if they had not tested the bejeezus out of what is available. They look pretty comfortable (or at least fairly non-restrictive) from the photo. As for inflatables vs. non-inflatables, I think it goes without saying that if you can do what you need to on your boat with a non-inflatable, then that's the better option. I do a lot of offshore sailing and with long watches on deck I can't imagine wearing a non-inflatable all the time, where the simple act of sitting down and laying back becomes uncomfortable.
  15. The $20k he spent on paint and a shiny cap rail sounds like it would have been better spent on mechanical systems and rigging. And maybe a new radio and spare sea anchor. Looks like a nice sailing day from the pictures, although it seems he borked his mizzen and jammed his furler. And he still has a fender out so he was at least ready to pull up to the dock. “While it is unfortunate the Coast Guard was not able to salvage the sailboat, we’re glad to have helped this man escape a dangerous situation today,” said Lt. Jon Lee, aircraft commander aboard the Jayhawk helicopter for the case. “Given his limited communications and other complications aboard the boat, he made a good choice to not stay out there alone." Guess we shouldn't speculate on the viability of making landfall given the CG officers assessment and "other complications aboard the boat."