Hand, Reef and Steer:Traditional Sailing Skills for Classic Boats

Overview

Tom Cunliffe is one of the world's great champions of the traditional vessel, and has been called the guru of gaff-rigg sailors. Having worked these beautiful craft all his life, his knowledge is second to none.

In Hand, Reef & Steer-winner of the Best Book of the Sea Award- Tom explains the different sailing characteristics of classic craft and shares his grasp of special skills required to handle them. He delights in describing how to handle heavy loads using tackles ...

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Overview

Tom Cunliffe is one of the world's great champions of the traditional vessel, and has been called the guru of gaff-rigg sailors. Having worked these beautiful craft all his life, his knowledge is second to none.

In Hand, Reef & Steer-winner of the Best Book of the Sea Award- Tom explains the different sailing characteristics of classic craft and shares his grasp of special skills required to handle them. He delights in describing how to handle heavy loads using tackles rather than winches and invites the reader into the mysteries of making the boat work for you rather than fighting with her gear. Specifically, he shares step-by-step advice on: setting up the rig, sail handling skills, heavy and light air sailing, maneuvering a long-keel boat, and steering with sails. Hand, Reef & Steer with its wonderful watercolor drawings and atmospheric photos will delight all who love the unique character and grace of classic craft.

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Editorial Reviews

Wooden Boat
A valuable book, full of information and enjoyable.
Midwest Book Review
Author Tom Cunliffe has run his own gaffers all over the world, and his Hand, Reef & Steer: Traditional Sailing Skills For Classic Boats is one of the best guides to handling the classic sailboat. From handling sails and adjusting for heavy and light air sailing to different types of sails and their special requirements, Hand, Reef and Steer is packed with specific advice based on decades of experience.
Latitudes & Attitudes
If you're fascinated with traditional vessels, this is the book for you. It describes in great detail the different characteristics of classic craft and the skills required to handle them. Step by step advice includes setting up the rig, sail handling, maneuvering and much more.
The Ensign
If you dream of sailing a classically rigged vessel, let author Tom Cunliffe guide you through the intricacies...ith delightful watercolors and photographs that evoke the grace of classic sailing, Hand, Reef and Steer is a joyful step back in time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574092035
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/7/2005
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Cunliffe has written 25 books, including two "Best Books of the Sea" award winners. He is one of Britain's leading writers on sailing and the sea and has worked on vessels from dinghies to large gaff schooners. He edits The Shell Channel Pilot and is a columnist for Yachting Monthly, Yachting World and SAIL magazine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Gaff in Perspective
II. Forms and specifics
III. Masts and spars
IV. Standing rigging
V. Running gear
VI. Mainsails
VII. Topsails
VIII. Headsails
IX. Making the rig work
X. Shortening sail
XI. Heavy weather
XII. Light weather
XIII. Downwind sailing
XV. Practical Maneuvering
XVI. The question of authenticity
Appendices
Index

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