Hand, Reef and Steer
Tom Cunliffe is one of the world's great champions of the traditional vessel, and has been called the guru of gaff-rigg sailors. Having worked these beautiful craft all his life, his knowledge is second to none. In Hand, Reef & Steer-winner of the Best Book of the Sea Award- Tom explains the different sailing characteristics of classic craft and shares his grasp of special skills required to handle them. He delights in describing how to handle heavy loads using tackles rather than winches and invites the reader into the mysteries of making the boat work for you rather than fighting with her gear. Specifically, he shares step-by-step advice on: setting up the rig, sail handling skills, heavy and light air sailing, maneuvering a long-keel boat, and steering with sails. Hand, Reef & Steer with its wonderful watercolor drawings and atmospheric photos will delight all who love the unique character and grace of classic craft."
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This book must be on your shelf if you own a Gaff Rig. From how to rig her to how to sail her, it's all here. If you have to choose between Gaff Rig handbook and Hand Reef and Steer, take this one, though if you've never sailed a gaffer before, both should be on your shelf.
Gaff in Perspective
Forms and specifics
Mast and spars
The question of authenticity