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Hand, Reef and Steer: Traditional Sailing Skills for Classic Boats Paperback – 2 Dec 2004


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; New Ed edition (2 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713672242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713672244
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Superb' Cruising 'A delightful book' WoodenBoat"

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Tom Cunliffe first took charge of an engineless 20ft gaff sloop when he was 14 years old. Since then, he has sailed and skippered boats of all types from the UK all over the world including the Arctic, Brazil, Russia and the Caribbean.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By btb@btinternet.com on 14 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the degree-level course in traditional sail handling which is both comprehensive and understandable. A hundred years ago, the master of every vessel would have understood this all instinctively. At that time, sailing boats had reached their peak of development. Many so-called improvements since have only served to isolate us from the effects of the wind and the weather, blunting our natural sailing skills. Tom Cunliffe explains clearly and concisely how the traditional rigs were handled, concentrating on Gaff rig, but adding examples from schooners and square-riggers. If you don't believe the relevance of all this today, just put an experienced dinghy sailor up against somebody who has only sailed a modern pocket-cruiser! The knowledge of traditional boat-handling skills imparted by Tom will confer the same advantage. You will understand why boats developed in the way they did, and even have an insight into where we are going down the wrong track today.
Also recommended, by the same author, is The Complete Yachtmaster, which is a comprehensive book on Seamanship for both the modern sailor and the ancient mariner!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Oct. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Tom Cunliffe is an experienced yachtsman and RYA examiner, in this book he shows the modern sailor the techniques for sailing traditional gaff-rigged boats. Tom debunks a few myths about gaffers and shows how gaff-rigged boats have some major advantages over modern Bermudan-rigs.
Tom covers the whole aspect of sailing, from sailplans and rigging, right down to why winches are not essential for handling sails.
If you've ever thought about buying a traditional boat, but have held back because of a lack of knowledge about handling it properly, then take heart and consult this book.
This book will give you the skills to sail safely and comfortably in all winds.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tripod on 28 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
being new to the dark art of sailing gaff rigs, this book helped explain all in a clear and logical way. it certainly helped us get a bit more speed out of the colin archer. also contains plenty of information for the more experienced. put simply, a great book.
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