The Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing

by Seidman, David

(1 customer review)

CAD $24.95

2nd ed. An introductory sailing book that takes the reader from first sail to mastery of small-boat handling. Encyclopaedic in scope, yet warm in style and amply illustrated, it conveys the magic as well as the nuts and bolts of sailing. The second edition includes updates to the rigging section to address roller furling as well as instructions on GPS navigation.

ISBN 10: 0071749578
ISBN 13: 9780071749572
Illustration: illus.
Pages: 240
Published: 2011
Format: softcover
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1 review for Complete Sailor: Learning the Art of Sailing

  1. Bruce Conron

    The remarkable thing about this book is the breadth of information about sailing fundamentals in such a modest length. The cover photo of a solo sailor hiked out and happy, reaching on a wooden lapstrake-hulled daysailer, fittingly denotes the style and substance of the writing. It’s the only photo in a book that is generously illustrated with black and white drawings. Besides the enthusiasm expressed for messing about in boats, there’s a charming throwback quality to it. For example, the drawings of the dinghy found in the excellent and longest chapter, “Getting Underway,” have hanked-on jibs. All aspects of the sailors’ fuel, the wind, are dealt with appropriately and clearly at the outset. The breadth of the book, making allowance for brevity, embraces sail types, rigging, rules of the road, weather, navigation, emergencies, and anchoring, what you would expect in an introduction to seamanship. But there is impressive depth to be found in the treatment of hull construction, marlinspike, racing rules and tactics, and trailering. After reading The Complete Sailor, novices will know what the rudiments are to keeping their sailboat “footing”, her sails “full and by”, just a few of the expressions they will become fluent in.

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