The Sailmaker's Apprentice: A Guide for the Self-reliant Sailor

The Sailmaker's Apprentice: A Guide for the Self-reliant Sailor

Paperback Guide for the Self-Reliant Sailor

By (author) Emiliano Marino

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  • Publisher: International Marine Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 494 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 231mm x 43mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Rockport, ME
  • ISBN 10: 0071376429
  • ISBN 13: 9780071376426
  • Illustrations note: 700 drawings, 33 tables
  • Sales rank: 58,951

Product description

'A clearly illustrated, superb step-by-step guide' - "Cruising World". More than a how-to guide to designing, making, repairing, and improving sails, "The Sailmaker's Apprentice" combines 700 detailed drawings with a witty, wise, and philosophically probing commentary that is as much about living a life of self-reliance and harmony as it is about making sails. Here you will find a visual feast for the sailor as well as an indispensable guide for the mariner. 'The basics of traditional sailmaking ...are artfully, lavishly, even passionately elaborated and enriched...The author has created not just a new standard reference ...but a virtual epic poem...The best and most comprehensive book on sailmaking and sail repair to be published in a long time' - "WoodenBoat". 'Reveals true mastery' - "Northern Mariner". 'The accepted standard volume on sailmaking' - Ensign.

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Emiliano Marino is a lifelong sailor and has been making sails since 1974. He has written about sailmaking and sail care in Small Boat Journal and WoodenBoat. Christine Erikson, also a sailmaker, illustrates for Threads, among other magazines.

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"A clearly illustrated, superb step-by-step guide."--"Cruising World" More than a how-to guide to designing, making, repairing, and improving sails, "The Sailmaker's Apprentice" combines 700 detailed drawings with a witty, wise, and philosophically probing commentary that is as much about living a life of self-reliance and harmony as it is about making sails. Here you will find a visual feast for the sailor as well as an indispensable guide for the mariner. "The basics of traditional sailmaking . . . are artfully, lavishly, even passionately elaborated and enriched. . . . The author has created not just a new standard reference . . . but a virtual epic poem. . . . The best and most comprehensive book on sailmaking and sail repair to be published in a long time."--"WoodenBoat" "Reveals true mastery."--"Northern Mariner" "The accepted standard volume on sailmaking."--"Ensign"

Table of contents

Tables Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1. A Ditty Bag Apprenticeship Tools; Materials; Cutting, Folding, and Marking the Cloth; Sewing; Finishwork 2. Sailing, Hulls, and Sails Where One Sails; Ergonomics; The Hull; Helm Balance 3. Rigs and Sails Rig Types The Square Rig; The Lug Rig; The Gunter Rig; The Sprit Rig; The Sprit-Boom Rig; The Wishbone Rig; The Full-Batten Rig; The Batwing Rig; The Gaff Rig; The Bermudan Rig; The Lateen Rig and the Settee Rig; The Polynesian Claw Rig Sail Types Working Sails; Auxiliary Sails; Stormsails; Riding Sails and Steadying Sails Sail Rig Configurations Cat Rig; Sloop Rig; Double-Headsail, Single-Masted Rigs; Double-Masted Cats; Ketch; Yawl; Schooner; Big-Boat Rig Configurations 4. Sail Shapes and Theory Lift; Separation, Drag, and Edge Vortices; Sail Shape; Sail Trim; Sail Interaction; Sail Materials and Construction 5. How Sails are Made The Business of Sailmaking; The Principles of Sail Design; The Sailmaking Process; Sailmaking Materials; The Tools of the Sailmaker 6. Making Your Own Sails Obtaining Measurements; Designing a Sail; Lofting and Seaming the Sail; Installing Cloth Reinforcements; Finishwork; Checking Out Your Sail; Sail Alterations and Adjustments 7. Sail Fittings: "Hardware" and "Software" Fittings Within Sails; Fittings Seized to Sails; Rigging Fittings 8. Sail Care and Maintenance Preventive Maintenance; Sail Storage; Tanbarking and the Preservation of Sails 9. Sail Repair and Restoration Damage Assessment; The Repair and Maintenance Kit; Making Repairs 10. Buying New or Used Sails Buying New Sails; Buying Used Sails; Surveying Used Sails 11. Sailbags and Sailcovers Sailbags; Sailcovers 12. Sail Handling, Trim, and Adjustment Bending a Sail; Setting a Sail; Sail Trim; Sail Shape; Getting the Most Out of a Gaff Rig; Sail Reduction; Sail Control and Management Appendix A. Glossary Appendix B. Sailmakers, Riggers, Brokers, and Cleaners Appendix C. Sources of Materials Appendix D. Bibliography Appendix E. Other Sources of Information Index