Practical Boat Sailing for Amateurs

Practical Boat Sailing for Amateurs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...of the crew which a yacht should carry is an important consideration in large yachts, but in small ones it settles itself by the amount of accommodation there is for them. Thus a five tonner will take two men at least to work her, and the owner and a capable friend can do well by themselves. But it is well to have a man, if it were only to do the odd jobs and dirty work. He can sleep in the forecastle, where there will be just room for him, while the two gentlemen sleep in the cabin, which they can make a very tidy, and, indeed, luxurious abode. A ten-tonner requires two men in addition to her amateur crew, and there will just be room for the two in her forecastle. Of course there are exceptions to every rule, and ten and twenty tonners are not only manned but sailed long cruises by amateurs only. But amateurs frequently think, if one may judge by their actions, " where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise," and they are continually, by some happy chance, performing feats, in safety, which more experienced sailormen would hesitate to undertake. It is our place to deprecate any rash attempts, and although fools sometimes rush in safety where wise men fear to tread, yet the exploit is hardly fair to the wives or families of the adventurers. It is better to err on the side of safety, not for the sake of ourselves, perhaps, but for the sake of those whose prospects are imperilled by our pleasure. CHAPTER XIX. DOMESTIC ECONOMY OF A SMALL YACHT. Life on board a small yacht can either be made very uncomfortable or very jolly, according as the owner is careless or careful in his habits. If a man pitches the things into the first convenient corner when he has done with them, instead of putting them tidily in their places, the cabin, and, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236625773
  • 9781236625779