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Sailmaker's Apprentice: A Guide for the Self-reliant Sailor [Paperback]

Emiliano Marino
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1 April 2001 Guide for the Self-Reliant Sailor
'A clearly illustrated, superb step-by-step guide' - "Cruising World". More than a how-to guide to designing, making, repairing, and improving sails, "The Sailmaker's Apprentice" combines 700 detailed drawings with a witty, wise, and philosophically probing commentary that is as much about living a life of self-reliance and harmony as it is about making sails. Here you will find a visual feast for the sailor as well as an indispensable guide for the mariner. 'The basics of traditional sailmaking ...are artfully, lavishly, even passionately elaborated and enriched...The author has created not just a new standard reference ...but a virtual epic poem...The best and most comprehensive book on sailmaking and sail repair to be published in a long time' - "WoodenBoat". 'Reveals true mastery' - "Northern Mariner". 'The accepted standard volume on sailmaking' - Ensign.

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  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071376429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071376426
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.6 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A clearly illustrated, superb step-by-step guide."--Cruising World

More than a how-to guide to designing, making, repairing, and improving sails, The Sailmaker's Apprentice combines 700 detailed drawings with a witty, wise, and philosophically probing commentary that is as much about living a life of self-reliance and harmony as it is about making sails. Here you will find a visual feast for the sailor as well as an indispensable guide for the mariner.

"The basics of traditional sailmaking . . . are artfully, lavishly, even passionately elaborated and enriched. . . . The author has created not just a new standard reference . . . but a virtual epic poem. . . . The best and most comprehensive book on sailmaking and sail repair to be published in a long time."--WoodenBoat

"Reveals true mastery."--Northern Mariner

"The accepted standard volume on sailmaking."--Ensign

About the Author

Emiliano Marino is a lifelong sailor and has been making sails since 1974. He has written about sailmaking and sail care in Small Boat Journal and WoodenBoat.

Christine Erikson, also a sailmaker, illustrates for Threads, among other magazines.


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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, well-illustrated history of sailmaking . 3 Feb 1999
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Format:Hardcover
This book shows you the way to build sails the old fashioned way, although some of the techniques shown are not really the way they were built in the "old days". It has lovely illustrations and and clear instructions on how to make sails with an eye on the craftsmanship of the past. The modern world of computer-designed and cut sails has no place here! If you are a novice and want this book to learn the art and craft of modern sailmaking, the book is not for you, as the construction details shown are needlessly complicated and redundant. Modern sails are actually easier to build than most of the techniques shown in this book, and most of today's sailmakers do not build sails using the book's methods. There are other books on how to make sails that are better and easier, but this is a great book for those who like the old ways of doing things. Nice photos and instructions on how to repair sails, and good basic advice for sailors who want to try their hand at a bit of palm-and-needle work. The author is holding onto the old way of designing and building sails, but has neglected alot of modern advances in the art of sailmaking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A super read, informative and clearly written 21 Jun 2011
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The Sailmaker's apprentice mixes good advice, practical hints and a depth of knowledge with quiet humour, humility and insight. It is a fascinating book which envelopes you in the sun from the sail loft window with the sea breeze cooling your workspace.
Based on this book I am certain I could make a sail yet I am determined to leave it to local experts who mix decades of experience with just enough computer number-crunching to make sail-making look easy.
If you want to know about boats, rigging and maritime history, all of which influence the production of good sails for your boat read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sailmaking made Interesting 1 Dec 2010
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What a valuable book this is for anyone interested in sailing and sails. It is very informative, clear and readable. From the design of sails and how they were devised using for example how the shape of birds' wings make them fly to all the materials and methods used for top class sail making. How the early apprentices learned their trade by making their own bag using all the basic techniques of sailmaking and repair and going on to choose materials and design your own sails. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in nauticalia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Very good book, extraodinary well written and illustated. I am using it to make my sails to row and sail from London to Istanbul next year aboard a Ness Yawl. The shipping was very fast. Thank you Amazon!
Giacomo De Stefano Venice Italy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of know how 6 Nov 2013
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I'm interested in classic sailing. Excellent book for those wishing to understand sail technology, repairing, modifying or making sails and other canvas items. First class illustrations and well written.
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