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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. Ok, just realised that if I shorten the mast the mast pin will not line up with the holes in the tabernacle.
  2. Also, instead of welding a patch onto the bottom of the spare mast, would it be ok to just cut an inch off the bottom of it instead? The gooseneck attaches with a slide that can be moved up and down so I feel like there's room to manoeuvre? Is there something I'm not thinking of here that would make that a very bad idea?
  3. I'm think of just filling the cockpit and forward buoyancy tank ( not at the same time) with a hose and see where the water leaks out the bottom. This seem like a sound plan?
  4. Thanks, is the fiddle block rigged to a bridle or is it fixed/ on a traveller?
  5. Thanks, I ended up buying the double blocks with no cleat and rigging it 2:1 to see how difficult it was. Sailed from Barra to Eriskay and back in about 5 hrs. Was fine apart from a sore arse from sitting on the side decks. I've ended up buying single blocks and I'll return the doubles. I had an annoying discovery that the boat is taking on water in the cockpit and probably in the front buoyancy tank (maybe a leaky bung), I figure I'll remove and reseal the ss keel binding thingies and the self bailers. But then when towing the boat mast up my brother drove into overhead power lines and bent the mast beyond repair. Great. So that was a colossal waste of money. I have a different mast that has flared out at the bottom, gonna see if I get a local welder to put a patch on the bottom of it and switch over all of the fittings/ spreaders etc and get the boat out again next summer. I honestly feel like just setting the fecking thing on fire and buying a new boat.
  6. Thanks, I'm gonna give the 4:1 set up ago first. I'll post the results when I get the blocks in the post.
  7. Hmm, ok, thanks. I was thinking that cam-cleat not being fixed to the boat could cause issues with uncleating it quickly. I'll just drop this idea. How about double blocks then to increase the ratios? Like THIS connected to the bridle and THIS connected to the boom? With the sheet in my hand coming-out of the one connected to the traveller. That's 4:1, yeah? Could you foresee issues with it jamming at the least convenient of times?
  8. Hello, I just bought a mk2 wayfarer and it is lacking a mainsheet set-up. It has a bridle on the back and no swivel cam-cleat in the centre position, so was obviously transom sheeted in the past. I don't really want to spend the extra cash setting it up for centre sheeted and also I like the idea of having it transom sheeted so that there is more space to move around in the boat. Having said that I've never sailed a transom sheeted dinghy before and it worries me that it's significantly weirder/ more awkward to sail than centre sheeted? The boat will be used exclusively for coastal cruising in the north of Scotland if that makes any difference. What are my best options for a cheap and decent set up? In my mind I feel like this could work: Set the boat up the same as THIS one in this link but use THIS 8mm rope and THIS cam-cleat. Feasible?