The Complete Rigger's Apprentice
The definitive reference on the art and science of rigging contemporary as well as traditional sailing vessels of all sizes. Lavishly illustrated and useful, covering knots, splices, fancy rope work, rig design and maintenance.
• Seven ways to tie bowline
• How to splice brained rope, including the newest exotic constructions
• How to choose the right rope for your sheets, halyards, docklines, and anchor lines
• The principles of rig design in laungage you don't need a degree in quantum mechanics to understand
• The Turk's Head, the Matthew Walker knot, and other fancy work
• How to splice wire, splice stranded rope, splice braided rope, splice rope to wire, and splice rope to anchor chain
• Amazing rope tricks that will confound the gullible
• How to jury rigwhe shrouds break and masts go over the side
• How to work safety aloft
• and even how to prevent the drawstring from disappearing into your sweatpants.
In short, The Complete Rigger's Apprentice is the definitive book on the art of rigging, written by its most entertaining practitioner. Combining and updating the renowned Rigger's Apprentice and Rigger's Locker, this book meets the changing face of modern materials and technology while remaining true to rigging's best traditional principles and practices. It's much more than a knot book, though the knows a sailor needs are all here. It’s a book for sailors who want the satisfaction and hard-cash savings of stepping their own masts, inspecting and maintaining their own rigs, and turning their own tail splices and wire eye-splices. It is for boat owners who want to replace an entre gang of rigging themselves measuring choosing appropriate wire, turning soft eyes, leathering, and serving. It is for bluewater voyagers who want to feel secure in the knowledge that, should a shroud carry far at sea, they will be able to repair it.