Anyone undertaking ocean voyaging must be a well-rounded seaman who is capable of total independence from outside sources; therefore, I believe he must be able to make his own sails. I have always encouraged owners of my designs to make their own sails. SAILMAKING started out covering all aspects of making Chinese sails because professional sailmakers quite often did not understand the essentials of sailmaking that are required for a Chinese sail, such as hand-roping. Their feeling was “If it cannot be done on the computer, it cannot be made”. The Chinese, as well as our forefathers, made sails applying very simple common sense rules. After the following review appeared, I added diagrams for those who are making just Western sails.
This book is available from my office for $37.00 US, plus shipping and handling:
Thomas E. Colvin
2140 Gardner Road, Alva, Florida 33920-3812
Telephone: 239-728-2196 FAX: 239-728-6326
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