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The Sailmaker's Apprentice

The Sailmaker's Apprentice

The Sailmaker's Apprentice

Erikson, Christine; Marino, Emiliano;  
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Learn how to design, make, repair, improve, and maintain sails

If you want to produce sturdy sails for daysailing and cruising, built of low-tech materials you can repair with a few simple tools, The Sailmaker's Apprentice can show you how. Emphasizing the handwork that distinguishes the highest-quality, most durable sails, sail pro Emiliano Marino tells you how to select a rig, introduces you to sail shape and theory, and then shows you -- step by step, with the help of over 700 detailed illustrations -- how to sew patches, hand sew rings, fix tears or frayed edges, and stitch seams, not to mention how to make your own sails, canvas sailcovers, and sailbags from scratch.

A visual feast for the sailor as well as an indispensable guide for the mariner comprehensive apprenticeship, this hands-on reference is an illustrated tour of the world's rig and sail types, contemporary and historical.

About the Author

Emiliano Marino is a lifelong sailor and has been making sails since 1974. He has written about sailmaking and sail care in Small Boat Journal and WoodenBoat.

Christine Erikson, also a sailmaker, illustrates for Threads, among other magazines.


"... a clearly illustrated, superb step-by-step guide to traditional sailmaking." -- Cruising World

"... not just a new standard reference for designing, making, and using traditional sails, but a virtual epic poem about traditional sailmaking... Safe to say that The Sailmaker's Apprentice will dominate the shelf on books on sails and sailmaking far into the future... The best and most comprehensive book on sailmaking and sail repair to be published in a long time." -- WoodenBoat

"The author's depth of experience is make clear... through the excellent reorganization of the material and the remarkable clarity of the writing. There is also a playfulness about the book that reveals more than a sense of humor; it reveals true mastery... While we can take guidance from others, ultimately we must rely on ourselves for fulfillment. Many roads lead there, and with this book, Marino has surely proven that sailmaking is one of them." -- The Northern Mariner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A clearly illustrated, superb step-by-step guide."--Cruising World

More than a how-to guide to designing, making, repairing, and improving sails, The Sailmaker's Apprentice combines 700 detailed drawings with a witty, wise, and philosophically probing commentary that is as much about living a life of self-reliance and harmony as it is about making sails. Here you will find a visual feast for the sailor as well as an indispensable guide for the mariner.

"The basics of traditional sailmaking . . . are artfully, lavishly, even passionately elaborated and enriched. . . . The author has created not just a new standard reference . . . but a virtual epic poem. . . . The best and most comprehensive book on sailmaking and sail repair to be published in a long time."--WoodenBoat

"Reveals true mastery."--Northern Mariner

"The accepted standard volume on sailmaking."--Ensign