The Yacht Sailor; A Treatise On Practical Yachtsmanship, Cruising And Racing

Paperback | May 21, 2012

byWilliam Cooper

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 Excerpt: ...anxiety to get everything cleared for working, stow away spare articles in such places. Separately they may be of little weight, but when a lot are stowed together, they make a serious difference in the trim. Everything that you must have on board should be placed in the main cabin, as the more concentrated you keep the weights, and the nearer the greatest breadth of beam the better. There should be stout guard boards fitted to protect the fronts of the sofa lockers, with a couple of pine beams wedged athwartships to keep them in their places. These are essential, not only to prevent the polished lockers from being torn and destroyed by the sails, the feet of the men, &c, but as a measure of safety. For, were all the shifting ballast up to windward, the vessel close-hauled, and a squall to strike her, should the front of the lockers burst out, and all the shot bags go pell mell down to leeward, you might be placed in a very dangerous 102 MARKING THE COURSE. predicament. Such an accident I witnessed upon two occasions, resulting in very narrow escapes indeed. One word more with respect to shifting ballast--remember, it may be overdone, and some men have an odd fancy for ceaselessly knocking it about. So much has been written and said respecting shifting ballast, and there are so many conflicting opinions, that it is a subject very difficult to deal with. I have seen great benefit, and as considerable injury, result from its use: if it could be abolished altogether by universal consent, it would have the effect of removing a great bone of contention amongst yachtsmen. It knocks a cabin about a good deal, and strains some vessels very much; but I greatly fear that unless a universal and stringent prohibition of its use be established, racing yachts will co...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 Excerpt: ...anxiety to get everything cleared for working, stow away spare articles in such places. Separately they may be of little weight,...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:May 21, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217558275

ISBN - 13:9780217558273

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