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  • RYA Sail Trim Handbook - for Cruisers
  • Captain's Quick Guide.Sail Trim and Rig Tuning
  • The Art and Science of Sails
  • Rigging
  • Illustrated Sail & Rig Tuning
  • Sail and Rig. The Tuning Guide.
  • Sail Trim
  • The Sailmaker's Apprentice
  • The Complete Rigger's Apprentice
  • The Complete Canvasworker's Guide, 2nd Edition
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    By Rob Gibson. Paperback, 0.28kg, 170mm x 240mm, 88 pages, full colour illustrations.
    The RYA Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers is an all-new title and is crammed with useful tips and pointers on one of the fundamentals of good seamanship: sail trim. The book focuses more on the needs of the cruising sailor as opposed to the out-and-out racer. After all, a well-trimmed cruising yacht will be better balanced, easier to handle, and will sail more comfortably.
    Sail trim can be bewildering to the novice but the RYA Sail Trim Handbook talks you through the subject in an informative yet entertaining manner. The book is further enhanced by a range of clear, well thought-out illustrations.
    Chapters include:
  • How Sails Work
  • Jibs & Genoas
  • Spinnakers
  • Reefing
  • Sailing Upwind
  • Heavy Weather Sailing
  • Trade Wind Sailing
    Ultimately this book will have you itching to get back afloat and tinkering with the trim of your sails.

    NZ$50.00 + Delivery.

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    By Bill Gladstone. Laminated Waterproof Fold Out Sheet - 14 Panels, 2005.
    This quick guide covers all the basics of rig tuning, sail setting and shaping for cruisers as well as racers.

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    By Tom Whidden & Michael Levitt. Hardback, (2nd) Revised Edition 2015. 230mm x 280mm, 181 pages, Colour Photographs.
    First published in 1990, this (2nd) revised edition covers new cloths, new technology and new practices.

    For those sufficiently old enough to remember, it was in 1990 that Tom and Michael published the first edition of The Art and Science of Sails. Since so much of sail technology has changed since then, Tom knew that a new edition was necessary. But, as work commenced, it quickly became clear that this book could not simply be just a revision. In essence, it’s a new take on the complex subject of sails. But, It’s not just about sails. It’s as much about why and how sails work – aka aerodynamics – as it is about how today’s sails are designed and built

    Tom Whidden (Pesident of North Sails), who has been Dennis Conner’s tactician in several America’s Cup campaigns, has completely revised the previous edition, which sold in excess of 20,000 copies. The book explains the theories behind making a boat move, how sails and their structure and composition can affect boat speed, and many other factors that make a boat go fast…or not.

    NZ$70.00 + delivery.

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    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.

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    By Ivan Dedekam. Pbk, 170mm x 240mm, 80 pages, full colour illustrations. 2nd edition 2018
    This book is an English language edition of a Norwegian book published by Dedekam Design
    Beautifully illustrated and well-organised, this book shows you how to trim your sails and rig for maximum performance. With a revolutionary approach to sail and rig tuning, it tackles the practical and realistic elements of tuning your boat as well as the theory of sail aerodynamics. The book covers the many variations in boat, sail and rig design.
    It has become the bible on tuning..

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    By Magne Klann - Oyvind Bordal. Softback, 0.54kg. 191 Pages. Colour Photos and Line Drawings. Published in 2018.

    The complete guide on how to trim sails and tune rigging for all conditions to make the boat sail faster and safer. A well-trimmed sailing boat is not only faster – it heels less, balances better and is more comfortable. Wear and load is reduced and expensive gear lasts longer. The risk of damage or rig failure is significantly lower when you know how to take care of your rig and sails.

    This book provides a clear understanding of the dynamics of rig and sail and how to get them working together in harmony with the elements.

    With hundreds of colour photographs and illustrations throughout, the text is concise and precise, divided into sections to make it easy to find exactly what you need. Research for this book was carried out with professional riggers, sailmakers and international elite sailors as consultants resulting in a book that should be part of every sailor’s basic kit.

    Suitable for all levels.

    NZ$60.00 + Delivery.

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    By Peter Hahne. Pbk, 140mm x 215mm, 120 pages, colour photographs and drawings.
    Sail Trim is the art of setting sails in response to the varying conditions imposed by the wind, waves, boat speed and desired course.
    Regarded as something of a black art, good sail trim can mean the difference between winning and losing a race or reaching harbour before the tide turns. This book demystifies the skill of good sail trim with the aid of superb colour diagrams and photographs, to enable racers and cruisers alike to sail efficiently and get the most out of their boats.
    Taking account of all types of wind condition the author explains:

  • Aero and hydrodynamics
  • Rig types
  • The best way to rig a vessel
  • Sail cloth and cut
  • The right trim for the mainsail and smaller sails
  • Sailing before the wind
    There is really only one way to set your sails for maximum efficiently; this book explains how.

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    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?"

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    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$85.00 + Delivery

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    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$40.00 + Delivery

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