Chapman Knots by Brion Toss

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Chapman Knots by Brion Toss

From America’s best-known knot authority, here is an indispensable guide to more than 100 knots. Whether you want to tie lines together, lash oars in place, attach a sail to a boom, or extend a towing line, the knot you need, with variations for specific conditions, is here. Along with the easy-to-follow line drawings, there’s information on the uses, advantages, and disadvantages of each type; a glossary; and charts of synthetic rope weights, strengths and elasticities.

Author: Brion Toss is the leading expert on knots. The author of The Complete Rigger’s Apprentice, his experience ranges from the most modern hydraulically-controlled rod and rigging raceboat to a replica of a seventeenth-century trading vessel. Gae Pilon is an illustrator whose work also includes Steel Away, a book about steel boats.

Chapman is one of the most widely respected names in boating, and is the legacy of Charles F. Chapman, a boating pioneer and editor. Chapman Piloting, widely considered the bible of boating, has been relied on for more than 80 years as the authoritative boating reference.

Publisher: Hearst; 1st edition (June 30, 2003)
Series: Chapman’s Nautical Guides
Paperback: 192 pages
ISBN-10: 1588160181
ISBN-13: 978-1588160188
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Clear and easy to follow By A Customer on January 15, 2004
This is the best book on knots that I’ve seen, and I’ve looked at a lot of them for both Scouting and sailing. The diagrams are clear and easy to follow. The uses and limitations of each knot are also explained, making the learning much more practical.

The best compact book of knots. By David J. Falletti on March 1, 2014
Excellent illustrations. Covers the basis and makes learning fun. This is the best basic sailing knot book I have found.

Product Details

  • Series: Chapman’s Nautical Guides
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst; 1st edition (June 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588160181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588160188
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces

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About the Author

Master Rigger, Brion Toss, is best known as author of The Complete Riggers Apprentice, first printed in 1984 and today considered an authoritative text on the subject of rigging.

Brion’s career as a Master Rigger was born from an obsession with knots over 30 years ago, which led him to work with some of the finest traditional riggers in the world. As his expertise and passion for the art of rigging grew, Brion’s education was taken to the highest levels, rigging everything from tiny daysailers to huge square-riggers.

With his extensive experience, Brion is able to take the ageless wisdom of traditional rigging and apply it to the materials and applications of today, pursuing the challenge of designing the ideal rig, that unique combination of details best-suited to a particular boat and its particular crew. The ideal rig will make any boat sail better, faster, and safer.

At Brion Toss Yacht Riggers we practice a systems approach to rigging, in which all components the rig, hull structure, and even the sailor are treated as an interdependent, interrelated system.

Our rigging loft is located in the Historic Victorian Seaport of Port Townsend, Washington, though our work takes us to harbors all over the world.

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