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MAXIMUM SAIL POWER


Year: 2003
Language: english
Author: Brian Hancock
Genre: Guide
Publisher: Nomad Communications, www.nomadpress.net
ISBN: 0-9722026-0-9
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 305
Description: The Complete Guide to Sails, Sail Technology and Performance
Maximum Sail Power is divided into a number of sections plus an appendix:
Chapter 1 is a hypothetical visit to a sailmaker. This chapter goes hand-in-hand
with Chapter 14, which includes a series of questions that you might want to ask
your sailmaker once you have a greater understanding of the subject.
Chapters 2–7 are the real meat of the book. They describe the process of creating a sail, starting with the raw materials and working through each step until the finished product is ready for use. The chapters cover everything from the basic properties of different kinds of fibers and the construction and engineering of fabric to the
design and construction of different kinds of sails, including the latest molded sails.
Chapters 8–10 look at three important areas: downwind sails, storm sails, and
sail inventories in general.How to Get the Most from This Book
Chapters 11–12 are a comprehensive look at sail trim and sail handling.
Chapter 13 looks at sail repair.
Chapter 14, as already mentioned, is a question-and-answer section with all the
questions you might possibly want to ask your sailmaker.
Chapter 15 examines the theory behind how boats sail, including an in-depth
look at the aerodynamic and hydrodynamic theory behind how foils work and
how a sailboat can sail close to the wind.
Again, you may choose to read only one or more sections of the book, although
I urge you to make an effort to read them all, including the last chapter on sailing
theory. I also encourage you to attempt to come to grips with some of the more
complicated sail-handling maneuvers covered near the end of the book since the
more you know about handling your sails the better sailor you will be. I have tried
throughout the book to keep an even balance between racing and cruising. Rather
than separate the two groups and address their specific needs independently, I
thought it was important to keep them together, since cruising sailors can always
learn something from the racers and vice versa. If in parts of the book it appears
that I am heading off on a subject that is not interesting to you as a cruising sailor,
humor me and stick with it. You may learn something that can be applied to your
cruising. Same too for racers. The experience of cruising sailors has contributed
greatly to the sailmaking industry and as a racing sailor you might just learn something about durability and fabric engineering that can help you out on the racecourse. In its entirety, the subject of sails and sailmaking is fascinating. I hope that
this book will give you a greater understanding of the topic and that you will derive
more enjoyment out of your sails, and by extension, your sailing.
Additional info: Brian Hancock is an expert in sails, sailmaking, and offshore ocean racing, having made a career as
a professional sailor for almost three decades. He apprenticed at Elvstrom Sails in South Africa before
leaving the country to sail around the world. In 1981/82 he sailed as a watch captain aboard the
American yacht, Alaska Eagle in the 27,000 Whitbread Round the World race. Four years later he
returned for a second Whitbread, this time aboard the British yacht, Drum. In 1989 he sailed as
Sailing Master aboard the Soviet Union’s first, and by happenstance last, Whitbread entry, Fazisi.
With more than 200,000 miles of offshore sailing to his credit Brian is uniquely qualified to write
about sails and the business of making sails.
Brian also owned his own boat, Great Circle, an Open 50 carbon-fiber, water-ballasted sailboat
designed and built for single-handed sailing and Brian did a number of solo offshore passages. Some
of his experiences are recounted in his book, The Risk in Being Alive, published by Nomad Press.
These days he works on special sailing projects and writes for magazines around the world while raising a family in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Contents

Table of Contents
How to Get the Most From This Book ....................................................................x
Introduction......................................................................................................................1
Chapter 1—A TRIP TO THE SAILMAKER............................................................5
A hypothetical look at buying sails
Chapter 2—IT STARTS WITH A YARN ................................................................13
A look at all the fibers used to make sails
Chapter 3—FROM THREAD TO FINISHED FABRIC ..................................25
How sailcloth is made
Chapter 4—A PRIMER OF PANEL LAYOUTS..................................................51
Different layouts for different fabrics
Chapter 5—MOLDED SAILS ..................................................................................65
The latest sailmaking technologies
Chapter 6—WHERE ART AND SCIENCE MEET ............................................79
A look at the sailmaking process
Chapter 7—THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS ..................................................97
A close-up look at the individual parts of a sail
Chapter 8—ALL ABOUT SPINNAKERS..........................................................125
Downwind sails explained
Chapter 9—STORM SAILS......................................................................................139
Techniques, tips, and some lessons learned
Chapter 10—SAIL INVENTORIES ......................................................................147
A look at what sails you need for your sailing purposes
Chapter 11—THE FINE ART OF SAIL TRIM ..................................................157
How to get the most from your sails
Chapter 12—SAIL HANDLING ..........................................................................191
Techniques for managing the unmanageable
Maximum Sail Power
viiiChapter 13—A STITCH IN TIME..........................................................................217
Sail care and repair
Chapter 14—MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS..................................229
A conversation with your sailmaker
Chapter 15—THE WIND IS STILL FREE..........................................................241
The theory behind how boats sail
Appendix ......................................................................................................................263
Glossary ........................................................................................................................271
Detailed Table of Contents ....................................................................................280
Basic Boat Diagram ..................................................................................................287
Index ..............................................................................................................................288
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