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Book - The Complete Rigger's Apprentice by Brion Toss

Tools and Techniques for Modern and Traditional Rigging

A Review of The Riggers Apprentice ...Combining and updating the renowned Rigger's Apprentice and Rigger's Locker, The Riggers Apprentice 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 knots a sailor needs are all here. The Complete Riggers Apprentice is 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 up their own tailsplices and wire eyesplices. It is for boat owners who want to replace an entire gang of rigging themselves--measuring, choosing appropriate wire, making soft eyes, leathering, and serving. It is for bluewater voyagers who want to feel secure in the knowledge that, should a shroud carry away far at sea, they will be able to repair it.

The Complete Rigger's Apprentice is also a free-roaming collection of useful ideas and tips on everything from supplementing winches with block and tackle, to rigging snubbers at anchor, to using pantyhose for an emergency fanbelt. In short, it's the definitive book on the art of rigging, written by its most entertaining practitioner.

Hardcover pp 392


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Book - Basic Braided Splices - Book 5 of the Working Rope Field Guides by Brion Toss

Here is your key to demystifying Braided Rope Splicing.

In this volume of the Working Rope series, Brion Toss and Margie McDonald bring to you the distilled results of decades of experience with thousands of splices.

Here are the tips, techniques, and shortcuts that professionals use, along with valuable information on the characteristics of each type of rope you’ll be splicing.

There are no confusing ‘fid lengths’ here, just dimensions based on rope diameter, or on marks braided into the rope at the factory. And the purpose or every mark is explained, so you can comprehend each splice, from start to finish.

You’ll find instructions for splicing conventional ropes, like Dacron and Nylon. But this volume also covers splices for the new High-Modulus lines like Spectra and Vectran. There are even instructions for making High-Modulus rope grommets.

Make no mistake, splicing is still an art, requiring patience and dedication on the part of the splicer. But with these instructions, you’ll be taking a giant step towards mastering braided rope splicing.

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PS - Bonus Splice on page 78 of - Naked High Modulous Eyesplice. We forgot to list it in the Table of Contents...

Great splice for running and standing rigging, life lines, slings, outhauls and more...Properly done, this splice will approach 100% efficiency in strength and security.

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Book - Ashley Book of KNOTS

The best. Also the biggest, most comprehensive collection of hundreds and hundreds of knots with nearly 7000 drawings.

The most jaw dropping gift you could give to a mariner or a knotting enthusiast.

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Book - Knots for Boaters by Brion Toss

TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK - "A Chapman`s Nautical Guide by Brion Toss. There are a lot of knot books around, but this is the only one that focuses on those knots, new & old, which are most useful in contemporary life; takes the nature of synthetic line into account (many once useful knots just won't work under high loads in slick line); and shows knots in ways that are designed to be easy to learn and remember. Still a very good source - with all of the following and more: Basic Knots, Fancy Knots, Working Knots, Belays and 3 strand splicing. Soft cover. pp 192."

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Book - Knot Craft

by Des Pawson 28 Ropework projects - This gem of a book will show you how to put knots together to make a very desirable object

  • binocular strap
  • bow fender
  • shackle release lanyard

    and Christian's favorite for her 1909 classic - Hitching over a plastic fender. Very classy!

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    Book - Creative Ropecraft

    by Stuart Grainger - Fourth Edition!

      Practical and decorative knots and ropework and more sinnit than you will every use.

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    Book - Marlinspike Sailor

    by Hervey Garrett Smith - The classic reference for the sailor's arts in natural or synthetic rope.


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    Book - Sailmaker's Apprentice

    A guide for the self-reliant sailor.

    The best and most comprehensive book on sailmaking and sail repair to be published in a long time.

    The author describes the basics of traditional sailmaking artfully, lavishly, even passionately.

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    Book - Ditty Bag Book

    Brion loves this book..."you need something to carry those small tools in - so put your fancy work skills to work and make one".

    Complete, step-by-step instructions for making a ditty bag - from cutting material to size to decorative touches - and emphasizes the proper maintenance of rigging and sails using the items stowed in the ditty bag.

    Also advice on all aspect of sail upkeep and repair, including

  • clasp knives and sharpening stones
  • hand-seeming palm and beeswax
  • chafing gear and tape
  • and more...

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    Falling ... ebook by Brion Toss


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    Falling - Brion's new book in print

    Brion's New Book - in print. “FALLING” is a sobering, amusing, and often poetic meditation on the wonders and risks of working aloft.

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    Gift Certificate

    Gift Certificates are available in $100 dollar increments.Please enter your gift amount in the text box below "gift certificate" on your shopping cart order page. We will verify your order by email.

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