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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.
    • B.J. Porter

      Moderation Team Change   06/16/2017

      After fifteen years of volunteer moderation at SA, I will no longer be part of the moderation team. The decision to step aside is mine, and has been some time in the works but we did not wish to announce it in advance for a number of reasons. It's been fun, but I need my time back for other purposes now. The Underdawg admin account will not be monitored until further notice, as I will be relinquishing control of it along with my administrative privileges. Zapata will continue on as a moderator, and any concerns or issues can be directed to that account or to the Editor until further notice. Anyone interested in helping moderate the forums should reach out to Scot by sending a PM to the Editor account. Please note that I am not leaving the community, I am merely stepping aside from Admin responsibilities and privileges on the site.
James Chilman

Home Built Boats

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There used to be heaps of threads on people building their own boats. Either Leech's, Shaws, Stealth's, GP26's and their own designs, or people modifying old skiff or other boats.


Is anybody doing it anymore???


I can only really think of one boat being built ATM any it's on facebook not anarchy.


Some random questions, can you strip plank sections of a ply hull with ply and glass it the same as you would cedar, while using flattish panels of ply elsewhere?


How much carbon would you need on a 2m keel (cedar core) with a 200kg bulb on the bottom?


How do you go about getting insurance on a home built boat to your own plans?




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Why do you want to?


Nobody's building boats because you can get tons of them for penny's on the dollar these days. And that's rating labor at $0.

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There are a fair number of i550's being built currently. But more to the OP's question of why are the home build thread counts down? I think it a cyclic phenomenon of Sport Boats being the new (10 years ago) exciting thing and ambitious home builders not wanting to wait for the same old, same old

designs. Many good new boats were built. Some became production boats.

The cost of a used boat is fractions of new so some turnover is normal in the first couple years. Then turnover rate increases as people leave classes for any number of reasons. The number of boats available satisfies demand. Every design goes through the cycle.

There exists a small group of individuals with enough courage and persistence to initiate building a boat for whatever reason satisfies them most. Sometimes it is lack of money or remote location which drives the builder. There are i550's in Irkutsk, on Lake Baikal. a group in Croatia, a group in Hobart and a group in Portlandia, Oregon fer' gosh sakes (someone should tell them to come in out of the rain). They do seem happy, though.

So the little i550 has found a niche. Its a simple three panel hull design that has achievable tolerances in the measurements for home builders. Rigs can be any material you choose. Deck layout is open to interpretation except for one measurement. Keel and rudder are open to "artistic interpretation" except draft and chord length of keel. Simple.

So there are boats out there being built. i550's among them. Watch for foilers coming out of garages, but I think it will be still in the medium future. The jump in foil building skill is probably the greatest hurdle.

i550 Facebook and i550class.org

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From a financial and time perspective it's hard to justify building a boat at the moment. Second hand boats are relatively cheap whilst the cost for raw materials and fittings remain high.

Having said that, I'm currently building a boat. I am doing it because that's what I want to do. I can build it how I want it and to fit my purpose.


You asked about replacing cedar strip plank with ply strips. It can easily be done, but cedar will be lighter and stronger for the same thickness.


This is my 3rd homebuilt boat. Insurance thus far has been easy enough. They want a survey report. Owner designed may add more difficulty.




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Mojounwin, You are a more motivated man than I am. My hat is off to you. I watched my father build a 34 footer. UGH! I vowed to NEVER build a boat - just dig ditches for manual labor pay for years, then buy one. Hope you get to enjoy her soon. Sadly, my father died soon after launching. Don't forget to go sailing somehow. Happy Sailing!

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