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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. Quick question hoping that someone familiar with larger J's can help. (used to sail a J/105 and this was never a problem there as we gybed the aso first in heavy wind and then the main on the next wave/surf, and i had enough power to control it) The last two weeks we have had massive winds on our local regattas (mid 20 knots to low 30 knots in the puffs). Since we are big boys (and girls) on board we of course always put a asymetric up at the top mark, and other than the occasional dirty takedown there has not been an issue with the kite. The problem has been the main. With the relatively low gearing on the winches there is not enough time to winch the main in enough to be able to let it out controlled on the new gybe. And we want to avoid the violent mainsail gybes we have had recently. They are fast, but not good for the boat. In one race we even managed to pull apart a block in the traveler system resulting in ball bearings raining on the owner (who was not impressed). Also, these hard gybes are not pretty to watch and forced us into a ugly broach the other day. We are considering: -putting an extra person by the mast to pull on the German mainsheet system so that the mainsail trimmer can tail only going into the gybe, but in these heavy winds we'd really prefer not to have extra people up there, especially considering you have to pull with both hands on the sheet to be efficient and the high load on this sheet when the main comes over or -winching from both winches going into the gybe. The problem with this is that the person on the new leeward winch is in a pretty tough spot between the rest of the cockpit crew gybing the aso (they have to use the primaries in heavy winds and not the cabintops), and the travller/main coming in very close to the mainsheet winch any tips are highly appreciated Andreas
  2. How exactly do the mainsail forces (the forward driving portions in particular) get transmitted to the vessel...primarily thru the mast or what piece(s) of rigging? and what share does piece of rigging each contribute? I don't pretend to be any kind of an expert in these engineering/computer structural analyses. I would just like to get a clearer picture of how the sails actually transmit their forces to the vessel; at what points, and in what path(s)?? I would imagine that we must first redefine the actual load paths that the forces of the sails use to transmit their power to the rigging. And then how and where do the rigging loads get transmitted to the vessel itself? (keep in mind that sail CLOTH can not transmit a pushing force)
  3. How exactly do the mainsail forces (the forward driving portions in particular) get transmitted to the vessel...primarily thru the mast or what piece(s) of rigging? and what share does piece of rigging each contribute? I don't pretend to be any kind of an expert in these engineering/computer structural analyses. I would just like to get a clearer picture of how the sails actually transmit their forces to the vessel; at what points, and in what path(s)?? I would imagine that we must first redefine the actual load paths that the forces of the sails use to transmit their power to the rigging. And then how and where do the rigging loads get transmitted to the vessel itself? (keep in mind that sail CLOTH can not transmit a pushing force)
  4. I will have a new racing main in the spring for my Hanse 370 which I will use for both cruising and racing (weekly buoys and distance). In the past I have had a stack pack type mainsail handling system. I need to decide what type of main sail handling system I'll use for this new main. Either (1) a stack pack type system that I can roll up against the boom when racing with integral lazy jacks or (2) lazy jacks that I can take forward to the mast while racing or leave up while cruising with a standard sail cover with cut-outs for the lazy jacks. Your thoughts?
  5. I'm shopping for a new main and 155 genoa for my Hanse 370. Its a cruiser with a good turn of speed. I do weekly beer can races (JAM) and distance races (Spin) all PHRF. We frequently flag in distance races. My objective is to maximize performance with sails that I can leave on the boom or furled and also be able to cruise with them. Here are my current considerations: 1. Ullman Fiberpath Race, black Aramid 2. North NorLam Tour w/Aramid 3. UK X Drive 4. Dimension Polyant BX 20/15 (main); BX 15/10 (genoa) All with single side light weight taffeta except for the DP DX product (no taffeta) that comes from a small independent loft. My questions: Your experience with any of the above sail fabrics? Your opinion of the preliminary selections? Your specific substantive recommendations? I'm not interested in opinions about North vs UK vs Ullman. We all have had our experiences with different lofts... both good and bad. Many thanks.
  6. I've never bought a new sail before, but the main on my boat was ready for replacement years ago and I decided to take the plunge. Last November I paid a 50% down payment on a new square-top laminate sail from the local Doyle loft. I was told at the time that there would be a wait due to heavy demand, but it was suggested that it would be on the order of 3 months. The sailmaker also picked up the old main, presumably to template for the new one. Six months later I have no main (old or new) and am watching sunny, windy days go flying past me while I'm stuck on the beach. Phone calls and e-mails to the loft get empty promises that aren't delivered on. Not having done this before, I can't say with any certainty, but I feel a bit like I'm being hustled. I understand that new, razoo product lines may have a heavy initial demand. I also understand that high-dollar customers often get to jump the queue. That being said, I get the feeling that the wait time is quite excessive and holding onto the old main isn't justified, particularly when the new product is somewhere in production. Any of you anarchists have any feedback on this process or experience? Is this all the status quo?
  7. I recently bought a new to me boat and the main has a luff rope that seems to want to pop out of the track while raising the main. Any ideas to help? Once it is up it appears to be fine just raising it sucks.