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Hand, Reef and Steer


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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

About 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.


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. * Midwest Book Review *
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. * Latitudes & Attitudes *
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. * The Ensign *
A valuable book, full of information and enjoyable. * Wooden Boat *

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