The Marlinspike Sailor / Edition 1

The Marlinspike Sailor / Edition 1

by Hervey Garrett Smith
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McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

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The Marlinspike Sailor / Edition 1

Hervey Garrett Smith was the foremost marine illustrator of the 1950s and 1960s, and his wonderful drawings of traditional ropework quickly propelled The Marlinspike Sailor to cult classic status when it was published in 1956. With the addition of a section on modern, synthetic rope in the 1970s, its popularity has continued undiminished to this day. It teaches a few basic knots—the bowline, sheet bend, and rolling hitch, among others—and splices in three-strand and braided rope. But its real business is decorative rope and canvaswork—the traditional arts of the sailor—and here it has no equal. For a rope mat, a rope ladder, a sea chest, a ditty bag, a canvas bucket, a mast boot, and the best-looking rope fenders or heaving line in the marina, this is the book of choice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780070592186
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 09/28/1993
Edition description: List
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 485,333
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Making Rope Behave
Knot, Bend, or Hitch?
Anyone Can Splice
The Short Splice
The Long Splice
The Stowage of Rope
How to Lay Up a Grommet
The Heaving Line
Some Notes on Seizing
Worming, Parcelling, and Serving
The Running Turk's Head
The Star Knot
The Tack Knot
The Lanyard Knot
Matthew Walker's Knot
A Simple Rope Mat
Ladder Mat and Block Mat
A Russian or Walled Mat
A Sword Mat
A Rope Ladder with a New Twist and Some Remarks on the Making of Baggywrinkle
Plaited Sennits
Crown Sennits
Rope Handles
Grafting, Pointing and Hitching
The Sea Chest
Deadeyes and Lanyards
Decorative Wall Bag
Tom Crosby's Ditty Box
The Rigger's Little Helper
Wooden Bilge Pumps
Palm and Needle Practice
The Ditty Bag
The Sea Bag
The Bell Rope
Wooden Cleats
Rope Fenders
Stropped Blocks
Canvas Deck Bucket
Rigging a Jackline
Sail Stop Bag
Some Notes on the Use of "Taykles"
A Lanyard for a Cannon
The Catboat Race
Making a Mast Boot
The Water Jug
Registration Numbers, They Too Can Be Beautiful
Art and Yacht Design
Synthetic Fibres and Their Characteristics
Basic Eye Splice
Standard End for End
Back Splice

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The Marlinspike Sailor 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the books on knots and splices I have read, this was the most entertaining and informative. The illustrations are very well drawn making it easy to follow the structure of the knots being described. There is even a added section at the end with splicing technics for newer double braid ropes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is great, i loved learning how to tie knots and what not and deffenatly recomend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written with clear illustrations and descriptions. Great ideas for usefull items on the boat and how to make them.