An A-Z of Sailing Terms

An A-Z of Sailing Terms

by Ian Dear
     
 

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Handy and authoritative, this invaluable guide deserves a place on every sailor's bookshelf. Abridged from the acclaimed Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea, An A-Z of Sailing Terms provides detailed explanations of nearly 1,500 sailing terms, covering everything from "booby-hatch" and "growler" to "jack in the basket" and "throat seizing."
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Handy and authoritative, this invaluable guide deserves a place on every sailor's bookshelf. Abridged from the acclaimed Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea, An A-Z of Sailing Terms provides detailed explanations of nearly 1,500 sailing terms, covering everything from "booby-hatch" and "growler" to "jack in the basket" and "throat seizing."
Included are entries on navigational and meteorological subjects, weather lore, sailing expressions, and catch phrases--"to the bitter end," for example, is a sailing term that has now passed to general use. The 150 illustrations are themselves a comprehensive guide to rigs and rigging, knots, tackles, and a wide variety of onboard fittings and equipment. Fully revised and updated, this useful reference also includes coverage of the latest racing rules and modern yacht design.

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"Will fit into the smallest dinghy...contains in dictionary form an astonishing amount about rigging and fitting out."--Daily Telegraph

"For scholars and writers, it is indispensable; for anyone interested in boats or words, irresistable."--Motor Boat

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192861474
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/18/1992
Series:
Oxford Paperback Reference Series
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.61(d)

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About the Editors:
Ian Dear is the author of numerous books on sailing, including America's Cup, Fastnet, The Royal Yacht Squadron, and is co-author of Bunkside Companion. Peter Kemp is the editor of The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea and has written widely on sailing.

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