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The Marlinspike Sailor by Hervey Garrett Smith

The Marlinspike Sailor by Hervey Garrett Smith

Martino Publishing, 2012 (orig. pub. 1949) ISBN 9781614273653

This is a knotting classic, accepting the short time most knot books have been around. The author was a life- long yachtsman, American, whose skilful drawings brought a new clarity to the subject. The book is a delight just for the pictures; and the contents aimed at the practical boatman, heaving lines, canvas buckets, wooden bilge pumps. It is dated but very pleasantly so . . . for example, directions how to construct a wind-driven sail-boat race in the form of a weather vane mounted for amusement atop your outside privy! This marvellous work is marred by the appendix (a copy of some manufacturers instructional pamphlet) on how to splice braid-on-braid ropes. Find an older edition in a second-hand book shop and avoid the intrusion.