Learn how to design, make, repair, improve, and maintain sails
If you want to produce sturdy sails for daysailing and cruising, built of low-tech materials you can repair with a few simple tools, The Sailmaker's Apprentice can show you how. Emphasizing the handwork that distinguishes the highest-quality, most durable sails, sail pro Emiliano Marino tells you how to select a rig, introduces you to sail shape and theory, and then shows you step by step, with the help of over 700 detailed illustrations how to sew patches, hand sew rings, fix tears or frayed edges, and stitch seams, not to mention how to make your own sails, canvas sailcovers, and sailbags from scratch.
A visual feast for the sailor as well as an indispensable guide for the mariner comprehensive apprenticeship, this hands-on reference is an illustrated tour of the world's rig and sail types, contemporary and historical.
|Publisher:||McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Emiliano Marino is a lifelong sailor and has been making sails since 1974. He has written about sailmaking and sail care in Small Boat Journal and WoodenBoat.
Christine Erikson, also a sailmaker, illustrates for Threads, among other magazines.
Table of Contents
TablesPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. A Ditty Bag ApprenticeshipTools; Materials; Cutting, Folding, and Marking the Cloth; Sewing; Finishwork2. Sailing, Hulls, and SailsWhere One Sails; Ergonomics; The Hull; Helm Balance3. Rigs and SailsRig TypesThe Square Rig; The Lug Rig; The Gunter Rig; The Sprit Rig; The Sprit-Boom Rig; The Wishbone Rig; The Full-Batten Rig; The Batwing Rig; The Gaff Rig; The Bermudan Rig; The Lateen Rig and the Settee Rig; The Polynesian Claw RigSail TypesWorking Sails; Auxiliary Sails; Stormsails; Riding Sails and Steadying SailsSail Rig ConfigurationsCat Rig; Sloop Rig; Double-Headsail, Single-Masted Rigs; Double-Masted Cats; Ketch; Yawl; Schooner; Big-Boat Rig Configurations4. Sail Shapes and TheoryLift; Separation, Drag, and Edge Vortices; Sail Shape; Sail Trim; Sail Interaction; Sail Materials and Construction5. How Sails are MadeThe Business of Sailmaking; The Principles of Sail Design; The Sailmaking Process; Sailmaking Materials; The Tools of the Sailmaker6. Making Your Own SailsObtaining Measurements; Designing a Sail; Lofting and Seaming the Sail; Installing Cloth Reinforcements; Finishwork; Checking Out Your Sail; Sail Alterations and Adjustments7. Sail Fittings: "Hardware" and "Software"Fittings Within Sails; Fittings Seized to Sails; Rigging Fittings8. Sail Care and MaintenancePreventive Maintenance; Sail Storage; Tanbarking and the Preservation of Sails9. Sail Repair and RestorationDamage Assessment; The Repair and Maintenance Kit; Making Repairs10. Buying New or Used SailsBuying New Sails; Buying Used Sails; Surveying Used Sails11. Sailbags and SailcoversSailbags; Sailcovers12. Sail Handling, Trim, and AdjustmentBending a Sail; Setting a Sail; Sail Trim; Sail Shape; Getting the Most Out of a Gaff Rig; Sail Reduction; Sail Control and ManagementAppendix A. GlossaryAppendix B. Sailmakers, Riggers, Brokers, and CleanersAppendix C. Sources of MaterialsAppendix D. BibliographyAppendix E. Other Sources of InformationIndex
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is great if you want to learn to make sails or just work with canvas.