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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. If your Monitor is more than about 2? years old then there is a new design for the turning blocks down there intended to cure this problem. Worked for me.
  2. Gobbledegook Haha. You really are an ignoramous. The very stereotype of the loudest, dumbest voice in the room.
  3. HF is good for "party line" communications beyond about 25nm. You might be amazed at the interesting people who are out there sailing around, with good information and that you otherwise will not be aware of. Best to get a Ham licence...General Class or above. That way, you have greater access to frequencies, modes, and equipment. You don't need an expensive, marine hf radio. There are light, portable ham radios with built-in antenna tuners. Nor do you need high power. 10 or 15 watts SSB transmit is okay, is easy to install, and reduces or eliminates the problems with RF interference and high current draw on transmit. I can hit AUS, AK, MX and the US East Coast from the Central/North Pacific. HF is not essential for most racing but it makes for more fun on the return delivery.
  4. I have the Predictwind $124/month unlimited plan and recommend it. It will take at least a month to sort out the optimal way to use the system for your particular application. In my case, I had an intermittant problem with the Iridium Go's SIM deregistering. After repeatedly removing the SIM and wiping the contacts I finally got it to work consistently, or so it appeared. Offshore for five days I got to download one grib and then it deregistered again and for the final time. No way would it restart. Unit is now RMA'd. My advice, make sure you spend time with QA before going to sea...Even then there are no guarantees and it is good to have a backup. I ended up relying on weather texts relayed over my Delorme Inreach.
  5. Yes. I think you are right. Not all possible Hawaii races have occurred. Agreed. If I were an insurance company this is what I would do. It's hard for a civilian to get the numbers, though, which is why I was trying to crowdsource for a single specific race here.
  6. Thanks for the replies. In an attempt to be concrete, here is a first estimate for the probability of race boats being lost on round trips between the USA West Coast and Hawaii: There are three relevant races this year (2016): Vic-Maui (20? boats), PacCup (70 boats?) and Singlehanded TransPac (30 boats?). Call it 100 boats this year. Say about 50% make the return trip so that's roughly 75 equivalent round trips. If this year is typical then over 10 years this would be 750 boats. Based on the comments 3 boats have been lost. These are the trimaran (race), whale attack (return) and Wildflower (return). The boat lost in the hurricane last summer was not associated with a race and is not in the specified cohort. So, the odds of losing a round-trip race boat are 3/750 = 0.4%. If a typical insurance premium for the 75 day round trip is $2k per $100k (with extreme restrictions) then the risk to the insurer is 0.004 x $100k = $0.4k. A 500% margin! Sounds like a good business proposition to me.
  7. So, in trying to obtain insurance for offshore and transoceanic passages, I wonder what the statistics are for making it to Hawaii and back without losing one's boat. Other things can happen of course...such as losing a mast or rudder...that could also result in an insurance claim, but it seems the simplest probability to guestimate might be total loss. There is at least one Hawaii race from the USA West Coast each year with a few dozen boats so it seems like, over the years, there would be a large cohort (hundreds of boats) to sample. I know of two boats lost on the return delivery out of hundreds so I guess the probability of total loss is less than 1%. But that's just duh. Are there any credible statistics?
  8. Ive used PW Offshore App with an SSB and SailMail with some success. Does any know if using PredictWind through Iridium Go!, even just downloading Gribs using the PW Offshore App, is race legal? I've been assuming it's not because it requires a subscription.
  9. Surely a handheld GPS/DSC VHF radio is a good way to go for the scenario of being recovered by your own boat, or by another nearby boat. Broadcasts distress all-call, including location, which shows up on other DCS radios and on most modern, networked chart plotters. Two way communication between rescuers and rescuee included. All my VHF's, recently purchased, have the ability to display range and bearing back to the calling radio. Since it has routine uses beyond emergencies, it is very easy to justify carrying it. Downside is that the range for a transmitter at water level with waves can be quite short (maybe less than a mile in some cases) depending on the conditions. A PLB looks up to the sky and thus is less likely to be blocked by large waves, but has the disadvantage of requiring "action at a distance" previously mentioned. Carrying a handheld GPS/DSC VHF is a requirement for Northern California ocean racing.
  10. Very nice aggregation of data, Allen. Thank you for the link.
  11. What an outstanding accomplishment for Mike. Yahoo!
  12. There are tides to consider. Current is moving towards the finish line right now, and will turn against them at around 1a Pacific Daylight Time (0800Z Monday).
  13. My single-spreader cutter (a Pacific Seacraft 37) has runners down from the inner forestay. It also has two lower shrouds.
  14. You misunderstood so broadly that scarcely any specificity would help.
  15. My understanding is that Rimas made it to Sausalito, California last night.Impressive.