Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing and Ropework

Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing and Ropework

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By (author) Hervey Garrett Smith

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 16mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 11 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486264408
  • ISBN 13: 9780486264400
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 101ill.
  • Sales rank: 116,372

Product description

A maritime expert offers boating and yachting enthusiasts a complete course in rigging, working, and maintaining a ship. The perfect shipboard reference, this volume is packed with useful "hands-on" information: sailor's tools, basic knots, and useful hitches; handsewing and canvas work; and dozens of other topics important to safety, economy, and efficiency. Over 100 illustrations.

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Over 150 years ago, the skills needed to operate a merchant sailing vessel were many and varied. While not nearly as much in demand today as they were in the days of the Yankee clippers, these skills nevertheless remain important and necessary to today's yachtsmen and owners of smaller pleasure boats. In this excellent handbook on basic shipboard skills, marine expert Hervey Garrett Smith offers boating and yachting enthusiasts a complete course in rigging, working, and maintaining a ship. More than 100 illustrations help the reader grasp the fundamentals and fine points of handling a ship while the author describes in detail a sailor's tools, basic knots, and useful hitches as well as the arts of splicing, handsewing, and canvas work. Other topics equally important to safe, economical, and efficient boat maintenance and management include belaying, coiling, and stowing; towing procedures; how to make a chafing gear; and much more. Easy-to-follow instructions for fashioning decorative knots, ornamental coverings, and nettings, and even how to make a proper bucket round out this engaging and informative guide. Packed with useful "hands-on" information conveyed in a chatty, humorous style, "The Arts of the Sailor "is the perfect book to keep aboard ship for study and for ready reference when the need arises. It also makes delightful reading for armchair sailors and the legions of landlubbers with an interest in the sea.

Table of contents

I. The Anatomy of Rope and Cordage II. Sailor's Vernacular III. Some Sailor's Tools and Their Use IV. Basic Knots V. Useful Hitches VI. The Art of Splicing VII. Whippings VIII. Seizings IX. "Belaying, Coiling and Stowing" X. The Service of Wire and Rope XI. Hand Sewing and Canvaswork XII. Decorative Knots XIII. Ornamental Coverings and Nettings XIV. Sennit Making XV. Chafing Gear XVI. The Technique of Reefing XVII. Towing Procedure XVIII. Some Notes on Cleats and Belaying Pins XIX. The Boatswain's Chair XX. Rope-Strapped Blocks XXI. On the Making of Rope Mats XXII. How to Make a Proper Bucket XXIII. How to Make and Use a Heaving Line XXIV. The Sailor's Ditty Bag XXV. How to Rig Deadeyes and Lanyards XXVI. Keeping Ahead of Trouble   Index