Hand, Reef and Steer

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Sheridan House, Inc., 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 178 pages
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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.

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Contents

Introduction
7
Gaff in Perspective
10
Forms and specifics
17
Mast and spars
28
Standing rigging
38
Running gear
48
Mainsails
55
Topsails
64
Heavy weather
99
Light weather
109
Downwind sailing
116
Slowspeed sailing
126
Practical manoeuvering
133
The question of authenticity
147
Loose ends
159
Notes
166

Headsails
72
Making the rig work
80
Shortening sail
89

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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.

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