This handy pocket guide contains all the most useful knots you ll need whether on board or at the dockside. Each knot is broken down into clear step-by-step illustrations, with a photo of the finished knot and background information on its strengths, weaknesses and when best to use it. A perfect aide-memoire for experienced sailors, and the ideal learning tool for novices.
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Jim Whippy is a former magazine editor and author of Sea Fishing, also published by Adlard Coles Nautical. He also presents DVDs and is a selector for the England sea angling team.Review:
by Jim Whippy Review by Wayne Gagnon Antigo, Wisconsin As a kid I was kind of a klutz. In fact, I can still hear my buddy Chuck calling out to me from second after yet another strikeout, Wayne, I ve never seen anyone as uncoordinated as you! Almost 50 years later, I still have to laugh at Chuck s honesty. When I was a Boy Scout we had to learn some basic knots, and that same lack of hand-eye coordination haunted me there too. I managed to learn a few and I was amazed to find that, after many years, I could still tie a bowline and whip the end of a rope. So when I was asked to review Reeds Knot Handbook I thought it was nothing less than karma. Reeds Knot Handbook is a pocket-size, easy-to-use, color-coded guide to tying almost 60 different knots. There s a two-page introduction to the terminology of knot tying that explains the difference between the working end, the bight, the standing part, and the end of a rope, and a very brief explanation of the different materials used in various types of ropes. The book is divided into six categories of knots: overhand knots and hitches, figure-of-eight knots, bowlines and bends, crossing knots, wrap-and-tuck knots, and Other Useful Knots. There s a brief description of the application of each knot, a color illustration of each step in the tying process, and a color picture of the finished product. If more than one rope is involved, each one is a different color to help the reader keep them separate. Having a resource liked Reeds Knot Handbook is certainly handy, but the only way to learn a new skill is to simply do it. With that in mind, I grabbed an old length of clothesline, opened the book to page 50, and attempted a bowline on a bight. The next thing I knew it was abracadabra, zippity-do-dah, yadda-yadda-yadda, and I had done it. Well, not the first time, but with my lack of hand-eye coordination I was pleased with the results and, with practice, I m sure it will get easier. If you re looking for an easy-to-use guide to knots that are useful and, in some cases, just plain cool, Reeds Knot Handbook will work quite nicely for you, and it won t take up a lot of space on a bookshelf or on a boat. --Good Old Boat 2012
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Book Description Paradise Cay Pubns, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. first american edition edition. 128 pages. 6.20x3.90x0.30 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0939837935
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