Sail Boating (1959)
Title: “Sail Boating”
Editor: John D. Kingd0n
Publisher: Arco Publishing Co., Inc., New York
Year of Publication: 1959
LOC Catalog Entry: No entry found
Copyright Status: Public Domain in the United States and countries following the rule of the shorter term
“AS INDICATED in the Table of Contents, this book is divided into three sections. The first section contains general information on sail boating. It was written for us by Gerald Taylor White. We were indeed fortunate in persuading Jerry White to produce this section because in boating knowledge and experience he has few peers. He was formerly editor of the magazines The Rudder and Motor Boat and at present is the director of both the Westlawn School of Yacht Design and Westlawn Associates, Naval Architects. In addition, he is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and is Chairman of the Board of the Society of Small Craft Designers. If you have had any boating experience at all, you will soon discover that Mr. White is a controversial writer. He says what he thinks and lets the chips fall where they may. You won’t agree with every point he makes, but v/f think you’ll find him a stimulating and provocative teacher.
To illustrate Mr. White’s section of the book, we chose Walter Stein-hard of the American Society of Magazine Photographers. Mr. Steinhard spent the winter in Florida on this assignment and from both the technical and the pictorial angle the results are superb. The numerous sketches accompanying Mr. White’s text were prepared by Allen Beechel.
The second section of the book contains miscellaneous information, hints, and projects. All have been chosen with the amateur do-it-himself sailor in mind. There isn’t as much material in this section as we would have liked, but we just couldn’t get any more in and still-do justice to the first and last parts of the book.
The third section is devoted to active small one-design and develop¬ment-class sailboats. Whenever possible, we have gotten a leader in each class to write it up. When this was impossible, we have at least managed to cover the salient points of each boat ourselves. As far as we know, this is the first time, at least in a number of years, that a comprehensive roundup of all of the leading small boats in the land has been attempted. Over 25 classes are described and you’ll be hard put to discover an out¬standing active boat that’s been omitted.
If you are already the proud owner of a small sailboat, you’ll enjoy reading about your own class, of course, and you’ll also get a kick out of meeting the other classes. Some of the claims made may sound exag-gerated to you. If so, just remember your enthusiasm for your own class and be charitable toward the equally enthusiastic sailors in other classes.
If you are not a boat owner as yet, but are forced to do your sailing in an armchair, here’s the easy way to weigh one class against the others. Instead of having to travel about the country, visiting boatyards, attend¬ing races, and picking up isolated bits of information here and there, you can sit at home and let your mind roam with us as we go from class to class in the pages of this book.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
HOW TO SAIL
What It’s All About 4
Boating Terms 8
Boating Terms—Illustrated 12
Hulls and Their Characteristics 18
Which Rig-and Why 28
What Makes Her Go? 35
We Go Aboard 40
Setting Sail 43
We’re Off! 45
We Graduate 53
Elementary Racing Tactics 60
Caring for Your Boat 65
Off and On a Trailer 69
Stropped Blocks 139
Maintenance Hints 142
ONE-DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT-CLASS SAILBOATS
Wood-Pussy Class 82
National One-Designs 86
L-16 Class 89
L-18 Class 90
L-24 Class 91
Oslo Class 94
Firefly One-Design Dinghy 96
Beetle Cats 104
Class D Dyer Dinks 109
Rhodes Bantams 110
International 210 Class 114
The “S” Class 117
International 14-Foot Dinghies 130
International 110 Class 136
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