The Tribune Book of Open-Air Sports

The Tribune Book of Open-Air Sports

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...the discomfort of hor passengers. It is claimed that as the cutter has a sharper bow the sea cannot strike her so heavily as it woulc the fuller model of the sloop, and therefore cannot knock her off so much. But if one looks at a cutter when she is heeled over he will see that she presents as flat a surface to the waves as the sloop, and will be knocked off nearly or quite as much. The advantages of the sloop are that her more upright position not only promotes the comfort of all on board, but it presents the sails more squarely to the wind, whereby the driving power is greatly increased. No vessel can go without power. She also keeps hfir hold on the water and can sail closer to windward. Her lighter drait makes her handier in cruising along shore and in our harbors. She can be made very nearly uncapsizable by ballast in the keel. She can be made sharp enough forward to encounter the seas with no more resistancc than a cutter. In fact, some of the best cutters do not appear to be much sharper forward than some of our best American sloops. Furthermore, the sloops as a rule cariy more sail, for they not only have the advantage of ballast in the keel, but they have the broader beam that gives them a bearing; and thus they combine both of the great elements of stability--beam and a low centre of gravity. Lately, some of the English yachtsmen have seen the folly of narrow beam, and they deolare they would build their boats wider were it not that the English rule of measurement taxes beam. Yachts for sea-goin should not be modelled the same as for smooth water. They should be deeper and a trifle narrower, but not so narrow as the cutter. As American yachts have to sail both in rough and smooth waters, it is necessary for them to combine the...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236650271
  • 9781236650276