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The Complete Rigger's Apprentice
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Table of Contents

Introduction
CHAPTER 1 A Rigging Primer
Rope
Two More Tools
Small Stuff-Spike Knots, Service, Seizings, Constrictors
Lashing
CHAPTER 2 Creating and Managing Tension
Rope Construction and Materials
Block and Tackle
Block Construction
Tackle Applications
Choosing Winch Power
The Come-Along
Sweating Up
Turnbuckles (The Inclined Plane)
A General Admonition to Keep Things Taut (or at Least Not Slack)
Sorting
CHAPTER 3 Friction, Part 1: Knotting
A Turn Around the Cook's Leg
Six Hitches
Six in the Bight
Seven Bowlines
Eight Bends
A Specialist
The End of Your Rope: Stopper Knots
CHAPTER 4 Friction, Part 2: Splicing
The End of Your Rope Revisited: Multistrand Splices
Not the End of Your Rope: More Splices for Three-Strand Rope
Braided Rope Splices
Braided Rope Repairs
CHAPTER 5 Standing Rigging Design and Materials
Design Principles
Spreader Loads
Shroud Loads
Mast Strength
Wire/Rod Options
Mast Hardware
Staysails
Seaworthiness
CHAPTER 6 Loft Procedures
Measurement
The Liverpool Eyesplice Made Difficult
The 1 x 19 Wire Splice Made Possible
Notes on Crimped Wire Fittings
Grommeting
The Comforts of Service
Into Leather
The Wire Round Seizing
Mysteries of the Tail Splice Revealed
CHAPTER 7 Installation and Maintenance
Installation: Getting Ready
Stepping the Keel-Stepped Mast
Deck-Stepped Masts
Living Aloft
Topmast Installation
Ratlines
Tuning
Survey and Maintenance
CHAPTER 8 A Portfolio of Rigs
Mizzens
Mainmasts
CHAPTER 9 Emergency Procedures
CHAPTER 10 Fancy Work
Hitching
One High-Class Knife Lanyard
The Turk's Head: Harmonic Sequence and the Sailor
CHAPTER 11 Tricks and Puzzles
The Setup
Threading a Ring
The Jumping Ring
Overhand Knot Without Letting Go
The Cut-and-Restored String
The Professor's Nightmare
Topological Bondage
The Mobius Bowline
Circling the World
Threading the Needle
The Good Old Actual Indian Rope Trick
The Lovers
CHAPTER 12 Sheer Ingenuity
Tie-Downs
Dinghies and Tenders
Mooring and Anchoring
Halyards
Managing Sails
Chart Stowage
Lifelines and Tethers
Appendix: Additional Tables and Graphs
Appendix: Soft Shackle
Glossary
Bibliography
Sources and Resources
Index

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