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by A. Hyatt Verrill
A Practical Treatis Giving Complete and Simple Directions for Making all the Most Useful and Ornamental Knots. 90 pages
$17.95
by Cyrus Lawrence Day
The great knots of seamanship clearly illustrated by photographs. 149 pages
$17.95
by Tom Bowling
The First Knot Book. 63 pages
$17.95
by Department of the Army
If you want to learn something well, join the Army. Here's a concise handbook for a variety of rigging techniques. 164 pages
$19.95
by Robert Kipping
With Draughting and the Centre of Effort of the Sails, also, weights and sizes of ropes, mating, rigging, etc. 328 pages
$24.95
by Alan Gray
A Practical Manual for the Amateur. 170 pages
$17.95
by Alan Gray
A companion volume to Gray's Sailmaking Simplified, with more emphasis on Marconi sails and rigging. 143 pages
$17.95
by Terence North
"This book is intended to deal with sailmaking from a professional viewpoint. 168 pages
$17.95
KNOTS AND ROPE WORK (Pub. No. 51)
A. Hyatt Verrill/A Practical Treatis Giving Complete and Simple Directions for Making all the Most Useful and Ornamental Knots. 90 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

KNOTS AND ROPE WORK
A PRACTICAL TREATISE
by A. Hyatt Verrill

First published in 1912 with a second edition in 1917, this little book contains all  the usual knots, bends and hitches but offers a variety of unusual ones such as the Alternative Eye, the Flemish Eye , the French Shroud Knot, the Tom Fool Knot, the Rose Lashing , the Wedding Knot and a variety of others. 154 illustrations.

A. Hyatt Verrill, 90 pages

$17.95
SAILOR'S KNOTS (Pub. No. 178)
Cyrus Lawrence Day/The great knots of seamanship clearly illustrated by photographs. 149 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

SAILOR'S KNOTS
by Cyrus Lawrence Day

An excellent knot book. From the Foreward: "In SAILORS’ KNOTS Mr. Cyrus L. Day’s clear photographs ably illustrate the great knots of seamanship, the beautifully perfect formations which defy improvement and are the result of centuries of development. In his section on the History of Knots he outlines the extent of our knowledge of the beginning of the craft of rope making. Even today, with the finest machinery and rope walks, the principle of construction remains the same. The first and forgotten genius who cast a bowline, or any one of the bends or hitches in a rope must take rank with the producers of fire through friction or  from the spark of a flint. The highest order of skill and intelligence went into the discovery of the knots illustrated in this book. Of the knots only one bears the name of a man, the Matthew Walker. Among the hitches the Magnus hitch seems also to perpetuate the name of an otherwise forgotten sailor. At sea, in the days of sail, knowledge and aptitude in the making of knots was an essential part of the lore of the sailor. The most interesting bibliography in this very complete book is no small part of Mr. Day’s contribution on an important and fascinating subject. He covers the field thoroughly and in a seamanlike way, and on the whole with more skill than I have ever encountered in my study of this subject. This book should prove of special value to scouts, yachtsmen, and all who delight in the use of their hands in works of skill. As a professional sailor I recommend it strongly to men going to sea in steamers where the use of rope is still of prime importance. Being able to bend on a rope, quickly and properly, has saved many a life, and the reverse is also true."

Cyrus Lawrence Day, 149 pages

$17.95
BOOK OF KNOTS, THE (Pub. No. 246)
Tom Bowling/The First Knot Book. 63 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

THE BOOK OF KNOTS
by Tom Bowling

This classic text, one of the earliest "source" books on knots was first printed in London in 1866. Who was Tom Bowling? We really don't know. The name appears in verse and song throughout the 18th century. This book is reputed to be an adaptation of an even earlier French text, translated into English and modified by "Tom Bowling." Our edition contains not only the original text descriptive of all the knots on the three plates, but an excellent "interpretation" by Lt Cdr Gordon J Perry MBE RN, a member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. The interpretation corrects some errors in the original, relates the English adaptation to the French original and generally brings all of the great number of knots forward into a modern perspective. Our edition retains the three original plates, bound in much the same fold-out manner as were the originals, and as a special bonus we have combined them all into one very large knot chart (shown below) measuring 20" X 30" which is very suitable for framing.

Tom Bowling, 63 pages

$17.95
RIGGING TECHNIQUES, PROCEDURES, AND APPLICATIONS (Pub. No. 88)
Department of the Army/If you want to learn something well, join the Army. Here's a concise handbook for a variety of rigging techniques. 164 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

RIGGING TECHNIQUES, PROCEDURES, AND APPLICATIONS
by Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C.
Field Manual No. 5-125

This manual is a guide and basic reference for personnel whose duties require the use of rigging. It is intended for use in training and as a reference manual for field operations. It covers the types of rigging and the application of fiber rope, wire rope, and chains used in various combinations to raise or move heavy loads. It includes basic instructions on knots, hitches, splices, lashing, and tackle systems. Safety precautions and requirements for the various operations are listed, as well as rules of thumb for rapid safe-load calculations. The six chapters cover: Rope; Knots, Splices, Attachments and Ladders; Hoists; Anchors and Guy Lines; Lifting and Moving Equipment and Scaffolds. There is a lot of information in this manual, much of it applicable to boating. And, readers will be glad to know that "The material contained herein is applicable to both nuclear and non nuclear warfare." and that "Unless otherwise stated, masculine nouns and pronouns do not refer exclusively to men." Heavily illustrated.

Department of the Army, 164 pages

$19.95
SAILS AND SAILMAKING (Pub. No. 140)
Robert Kipping/With Draughting and the Centre of Effort of the Sails, also, weights and sizes of ropes, mating, rigging, etc. 328 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

SAILS AND SAILMAKING
by Robert Kipping, Naval Architect

Kipping, (along with S.B. Sadler,) was one of the most respected sail designers of his day. From the Table of Contents: On Description and Use of Sails; On Measuring; Rules for Finding the Number of Cloths; On Finding the Quantity of Yards in Sails; On Cutting-Out Sails; General Rules and Instructions for Making Sails; Practical Operations in Sailmaking; On Fore-and-Aft Sails; Masting, Rigging, and Sails of Steam-Vessels; On Boat Sails; On Draughting and Centre of Effort of the Sails; On the Centre of Effort; and an Appendix with numerous explanations of various patent devices.  Numerous illustrations.   Kippings other title Masting, Mast-Making and Rigging of Ships can also be found here.

Robert Kipping, 328 pages

$24.95
SAILMAKING SIMPLIFIED (Pub. No. 155)
Alan Gray/A Practical Manual for the Amateur. 170 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

SAILMAKING SIMPLIFIED
A Practical Manual for the Amateur
by Alan Gray

From the Foreword by the author. "In this work the subject has been treated in very comprehensive fashion, with the accent on practice instead of theory, with the object of enabling amateurs to really produce serviceable sails by the simplest acceptable methods. Gaff sails are not treated . . . . Every effort has been made to follow professional practice wherever feasible, for if one is going to all the trouble of making a sail one might as well learn the right way to do all the little jobs, instead of being satisfied with crude short-cuts. The results will justify the labor.. . . The important point is that you can make a usable sail from this book!" The contents include: Sails and Sail Cloth; The Shaping of Sails; How to Make a Mainsail; Sewing Sails by Machine; Hand Sewing; Worked Holes and Grommets; Jibs; Spinnakers; Sail Repairs--Darns and Patches and Care and Handling of Sails. Ninety illustrations. We also publishg Gray's other work, Marconi Rigging and Sailmaking. 

Alan Gray, 170 pages

$17.95
MARCONI RIGGING AND SAILMAKING (Pub. No. 254)
Alan Gray/ A companion volume to Gray's Sailmaking Simplified, with more emphasis on Marconi sails and rigging. 143 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

MARCONI RIGGING AND SAILMAKING
A Simplified, Practical Guide for the Amateur
by Alan Gray

Following on to his successful and practical work on "Sailmaking Simplified", here Gray limits his examination to the Marconi Rig, leaving aside the Gaff. The practical handbook approach has been maintained and much practical information on small sailmaking for the Marconi Rig is included. With thoughtful attention to the instructions, careful work and a good deal of patience, the amateur should be able to turn out a very serviceable suit of sails. The author has purposely omitted any mention of "light sails," such as spinnakers, Geneoas, etc. This sort of canvas is too sensitive to awkward workmanship an the results of home work generally to not justify the effort expended. For the small boat builder however, who wants a main or jib for that little marconi skiff or pram he's about to finish, this little book is just the ticket!

Alan Gray, 143 pages

$17.95
YACHT SAILS (Pub. No. 287)
Terence North/"This book is intended to deal with sailmaking from a professional viewpoint. 168 pages

Hardcover Duodecimo Book

YACHT SAILS
by Terence North
Illustrated by H.H.R. Etheridge

From the Preface: The author of this book, Terence North, served in the full rigged ship William Mitchell at a time when she was already one of the last of the British square-rigged vessels. He thus received a training in sail which is fast becoming rare. Finding that his whole interest lay in small sailing vessels, he spent some years sailing yachts on the British coast. Then he started on the most adventurous period of his life, running a trading schooner in the West Indies. Later, with a friend, he built a small sloop with which he continued trading in those waters; at this time he experimented with various types of sail and, having no auxiliary engine fitted, acquired a wide knowledge and appreciation of sail. On his return to England he started in business making sails for yachts and small coasting vessels. Before he had finished this book he met with a fatal accident. Terence North was an enthusiast and understood not only the making but the actual handling of all Genoas, reaching foresails and other modern sails. He saw what little information existed on the subject of yact sails: how difficult it was for the average yachtsman who wished to alter his vessel’s rig or even buy a new sail to understand the difference in sail cloths, or to appreciate in many cases the benefits to be derived from sails of various types. While planning this book, he spent every spare moment in sailing small vessels of all classes and writing down his views on the information obt~ined. The knowledge he had acquired was not to be lost, for through the assistance of many friends this book was finally completed.--BERYL NORTH

Terence North, 168 pages

$17.95
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