The Com­plete Rig­ger’s Ap­pren­tice

By Brion Toss (2016; In­ter­na­tional Ma­rine/ragged Moun­tain Press; $45)

Cruising World - - Underway - — Michael Robert­son

Any ex­pert can write a text­book filled with in­for­ma­tion. But any such book will pale in com­par­i­son to one writ­ten by an ex­pert in love with what they do. Want to know more about any as­pect of your stand­ing and run­ning rig­ging? Want to learn tech­niques for han­dling emer­gen­cies? Want to learn to splice line? Whip line? Do some fancy macramé around your ship’s wheel? All the in­for­ma­tion is here, and be­cause Toss yearns to share his craft, it’s also a fun read, in­ter­spersed with wit, fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries and clever il­lus­tra­tions. This is the second edi­tion of the book Toss first be­gan writ­ing 30 years ago. His corrections and new ways of think­ing are re­flected on nearly ev­ery page.

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