"The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing, and Ropework" (used book)

"The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing, and Ropework" (used book)

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The Arts of the Sailor: Knotting, Splicing, and Ropework

by Hervy Garrett Smith


About the book

Used book. Paperback. Good condition


Over 150 years ago, the skills needed to operate a merchant sailing vessel were many and varied. While not nearly as much in demand today as they were in the days of the Yankee clippers, these skills nevertheless remain important and necessary to today’s yachtsmen and owners of smaller pleasure boats.

In this excellent handbook on basic shipboard skills, marine expert Hervey Garrett Smith offers boating and yachting enthusiasts a complete course in rigging, working and maintaining a ship. More than 100 illustrations help the reader grasp the fundamentals and fine points of handling a ship while the author describes in detail a sailor’s tools, basic knots and useful hitches as well as the art of splicing, hand sewing and canvas work.

Other topics equally important to safe, economical and efficient boat maintenance and management include belaying, coiling and stowing; towing procedures; how to make chafing gear; and much more. Easy-to-follow instructions for fashioning decorative knots, ornamental coverings and nettings, and even how to make a proper bucket round out this engaging and informative guide.