The Gaff Rig Handbook: History, Design, Techniques, Developments

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A&C Black, Nov 7, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
This is the internationally regarded definitive handbook for anyone designing, building, rigging or sailing gaff
rigged craft. It provides a fascinating insight into the design, history,
techniques and developments of a rig which has evolved through the
centuries.


John Leather outlines the practical aspects of the masts,
spars, sails, running and standing rigging, and contrasts the
development of the gaff rig in Britain, America, Scandinavia and
France.



'Regarded internationally as the definitive book for anyone designing, building, rigging or sailing a gaff-rigged vessel.' Kelvin Hughes



'The book's longevity says it all.' Water Craft
 

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Excellent reference book with all the detail you need to understand your gaff rig.

Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
1 MASTS AND SPARS
11
2 STANDING RIGGING
21
3 RUNNING RIGGING
32
4 GAFF SAILS AND BASIC SAILMAKING
39
5 GAFF TOPSAILS
54
6 THE BOOMLESS GAFF SAIL
60
7 THE CATBOAT
70
12 THE SOLENT AND POOLE FISHING BOATS
130
13 PILOT CUTTERS AND SCHOONERS
140
14 THE YAWL
155
15 THE KETCH
165
16 THE SCHOONER
179
17 THE FISHING SCHOONERS OF NEW ENGLAND AND NOVA SCOTIA
190
18 THE FISHING BOATS OF NORTH WEST ENGLAND
202
19 THE LITTLE SHIPS OF DENMARK
206

8 THE SLOOP
78
9 THE CUTTER
91
10 CUTTER YACHTS
103
11 THE ESSEX SMACKS
118
20 ON THE WEST COAST OF FRANCE
215
EPILOGUE
225
INDEX
234
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About the author (2013)

John Leather was a highly respected expert on classic boats. He was a
naval architect and was involved in the design, construction and
surveying of a wide variety of ships, yachts and boats. He designed
numerous gaff-rigged craft for his own use, and was the author of 13
books.

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