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THE SAILMAKER’S APPRENTICE.
By Emiliano Marino. Pbk, 195mm x 240mm, 494 pages, many drawings and plans.
This book is the most complete and comprehensive guide to sail making and repairs that we have yet come across. It is suitable for novices and professionals alike, and focuses on the design, making, repair, and maintenance of cruising boat sails. The author tells you how to select a rig, introduces you to sail shape and theory, and then shows in step-by-step illustrations (over 700 of them) how to sew patches, hand sew rings, fix torn or frayed edges and stitch seams, not to mention how to make your own sails, sail covers, and sailbags. The Sailmakers Apprentice goes into making sails from gaff to bermudan, including loose footed sails. There are diagrams of cloth layouts for the various types of sails and there are chapters on sail shapes and theory, there are tables on the cloths and their specs.
There is a huge amount of information in the "making your own sails" section, beginning with how to measure - its very comprehensive.
An aspect that we particularly liked was the addition of a number of question-and-answer pages dispersed throughout the various chapters: "Dear Sailing Doctor - Can I wash my sails in a large laundromat washing machine?"
NZ$70.00 + Delivery.
CANVASWORK & SAIL REPAIR
By Don Casey. Hardcover, 119mm x 240mm, 139 pages, monochrome drawings.
The skills required for top-notch canvaswork are astonishingly few, and canvas's potential to protect your boat and enhance your enjoyment of it is practically limitless.
Here is all you need to tackle virtually any canvaswork project: sails and sailcovers, flags, dodgers, ditty bags, cushion covers, and awnings - including Biminis. It's clean, safe, and risk-free - and you'll save a bunch of money and get exactly what you want in the process.
NZ$50.00 + Delivery
THE COMPLETE RIGGER'S APPRENTICE.
By Brion Toss. Hardcover, 0.86kgs, 195mm x 242mm, 412 pages, photographs, drawings and plans. 2nd edition published 2016.
The Classic Guide to Sailboat Rigging – Updated for the 21st Century.
From its initial publication, The Complete Rigger’s Apprentice has been the definitive go-to resource for weekend sailors and maritime professional who want to master the fine art of rigging. In this revised, 2nd edition, master rigger Brian Toss expands upon the traditional basics of rope working to give you the most comprehensive, up-to-date information on the latest tools, techniques, and tricks of the trade. Features include:
A complete rigging primer of essential gear, principles, and procedures
Classic rope working techniques you can adapt for today’s modern rigs
Money-saving tips on the newest equipment, materials, upgrades, and designs
Illustrated instructions for tying knots, splicing rope, and making repairs
Professional guidelines for inspecting and maintaining rigs for longer voyages
Emergency procedures, troubleshooters, and fixes to ensure smooth sailing
New technologies for multihull rigs, soft-shackles, Sta-Lok terminals, and more
need-to-know resources, including a portfolio of rigs and glossary of terms
PLUS rope tricks and puzzles that will delight your passengers
NZ$87.00 + Delivery
THE COMPLETE CANVASWORKER'S GUIDE.
ByJim Grant. Pbk, 217mm x 280mm, 186 pages, monochrome drawings.
Here is a new edition of reader-tested book that has been universally praised for its concise, commonsense instructions and clear illustrations. This book has led countless boatowners through outfitting projects from boat covers to ditty bags to bimini tops to windcatchers.
Now completely revised and updated, and expanded by more than fifty percent, The Complete Canvasworker's Guide brings you Jim Grant's thorough step-by-step approach to constructing a nearly endless variety of attractive and functional gear for your boat. Grant, with his wife, Connie, has taught sailmaking and canvaswork for more than 20 years, and he brings an often intimidating craft within the grasp and budget of anyone from an all-thumbs beginner to a would-be professional.
Forget that canvas that always used to be made of cotton. Today it is far more commonly woven of synthetic fibers. Here is all the information you need to make use of them all. Grant's no-frills approach, refined over years of answering the questions of puzzled students, is for any boatowner who wants to take needle to fabric. And as tens of thousands of proud boatowners will happily testify, it really works.
NZ$67.00 + Delivery
By Danilo Fabbroni. Paperback, 0.29 kgs, 170mm x 210mm, 172 pages, monochrome photographs and illustrations. Reprinted 2011
Rigging covers every aspect of standing and running rigging on a boat. Danilo Fabbroni, an internationally renowned rigger with Harken, explains the various options and materials with clear illustrations and photographs.
Rigging is an easy step-by-step guide that explains how to choose and fit equipment on cruising and racing yachts of all sizes before going on to describe how to tune your rig to increase safety and achieve better performance.
Hundreds of alternate configurations are examined and the bewildering array of lines is simply explained. Where calculations are used they are easy and straightforward.
Whether you sail a gaff rigged classic, a weekend cruiser or a high tech racer, this book contains everything you wanted to know about the mysterious art of rigging.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery
SKIPPER'S MAST AND RIGGING GUIDE.
By Rene Westerhuis. Spirla Bound, 240mm x 205mm, 25 pages, full colour photographs and illustrations.
A great guide, with very clear illustrations, if you want to know about;
Mast and rigging.
Mast stepping and unstepping
NZ$30.00 + Delivery
RYA RIGGING HANDBOOK FOR CRUISERS (G86).
By Allan Barwell. Paperback, 170mm x 245mm, 80 pages,285 gms, full colour photographs and drawings.
This is the latest addition to the excellent stable of British RYA (Royal Yachting Association) publications, now numbering over one hundred.
Rigging has been portrayed as a 'black art'. So many cruising sailors are reluctant to tamper with or adjust it through fear of unknown consequences. This handbook seeks to change all of that by guiding the user through the practical side of putting a yacht's rig together. Dressing the mast, setting up the mast and setting up the rigging are all tackled, as well as making up the running rigging using the art and craft of the sailor.
The author has been running his own rigging business for nearly forty years and has extensive racing and cruising experience. The narrative is very well illustrated with clear drawings and photographs showing the progressive steps in what can be a complicated process. Also well described are the tools of the trade and the knots that are needed.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery