The Sailmaker's Apprentice: A Guide for the Self-reliant Sailor

Author(s): Emiliano Marino


In the years since it first appeared in hardcover this text has become a standard among self-reliant cruising sailors, boat builders and small-boat enthusiasts. Combining hundreds of finely textured drawings with a witty, wise and philosophical probing commentary, it is as much about repairing, maintaining and understanding sails as it is about making them.


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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.

Tables Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1. A Ditty Bag Apprenticeship Tools; Materials; Cutting, Folding, and Marking the Cloth; Sewing; Finishwork 2. Sailing, Hulls, and Sails Where One Sails; Ergonomics; The Hull; Helm Balance 3. Rigs and Sails Rig Types The 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 Rig Sail Types Working Sails; Auxiliary Sails; Stormsails; Riding Sails and Steadying Sails Sail Rig Configurations Cat Rig; Sloop Rig; Double-Headsail, Single-Masted Rigs; Double-Masted Cats; Ketch; Yawl; Schooner; Big-Boat Rig Configurations 4. Sail Shapes and Theory Lift; Separation, Drag, and Edge Vortices; Sail Shape; Sail Trim; Sail Interaction; Sail Materials and Construction 5. How Sails are Made The Business of Sailmaking; The Principles of Sail Design; The Sailmaking Process; Sailmaking Materials; The Tools of the Sailmaker 6. Making Your Own Sails Obtaining Measurements; Designing a Sail; Lofting and Seaming the Sail; Installing Cloth Reinforcements; Finishwork; Checking Out Your Sail; Sail Alterations and Adjustments 7. Sail Fittings: "Hardware" and "Software" Fittings Within Sails; Fittings Seized to Sails; Rigging Fittings 8. Sail Care and Maintenance Preventive Maintenance; Sail Storage; Tanbarking and the Preservation of Sails 9. Sail Repair and Restoration Damage Assessment; The Repair and Maintenance Kit; Making Repairs 10. Buying New or Used Sails Buying New Sails; Buying Used Sails; Surveying Used Sails 11. Sailbags and Sailcovers Sailbags; Sailcovers 12. Sail Handling, Trim, and Adjustment Bending a Sail; Setting a Sail; Sail Trim; Sail Shape; Getting the Most Out of a Gaff Rig; Sail Reduction; Sail Control and Management Appendix A. Glossary Appendix B. Sailmakers, Riggers, Brokers, and Cleaners Appendix C. Sources of Materials Appendix D. Bibliography Appendix E. Other Sources of Information Index

General Fields

  • : 9780071376426
  • : International Marine Publishing Co
  • : International Marine Publishing Co
  • : March 2001
  • : 236mm X 188mm X 25mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Emiliano Marino
  • : Paperback
  • : 494
  • : 700 drawings, 33 tables