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  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 1 edition (Sept. 22 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070592187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070592186
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 0.8 x 27.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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``The art of creating a `boaty' boat. If you don't have this title, now is the time to get it.'' (WoodenBoat)

``[Smith's] original illustrations are a marvel of clarity and charm.'' (Cruising World)

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Hervey Garrett Smith was the foremost marine illustrator of the 1950s and 1960s, and his wonderful drawings of traditional ropework quickly propelled The Marlinspike Sailor to cult classic status when it was published in 1956. With the addition of a section on modern, synthetic rope in the 1970s, its popularity has continued undiminished to this day. It teaches a few basic knots--the bowline, sheet bend, and rolling hitch, among others--and splices in three-strand and braided rope. But its real business is decorative rope and canvaswork--the traditional arts of the sailor--and here it has no equal. For a rope mat, a rope ladder, a sea chest, a ditty bag, a canvas bucket, a mast boot, and the best-looking rope fenders or heaving line in the marina, this is the book of choice.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Glennon on Oct. 11 2002
Format: Paperback
Using hand drawings that are clearer than any photograph, THE MARLINSPIKE SAILOR (c.1960) by Hervey Garrett Smith illustrated in a 131 page soft cover book a collection of the best detailed renditions of basic knot tying and ropework any beginner can learn to start his ropework career, or for an old hand to refresh his memory.
There is no waste as only essential rope skills are shown in clear etchings, line drawings, and pencil sketches, which will make the wooden sail boat owner self-sufficient from a lot of expensive, store-bought textile gear.
In a written text accompanying each excellent drawing, Hervey Garrett Smith explained the purpose of each rope related product; such as: knob knots used for drawer handles, baggy wrinkle for chafe gear, coach whipping for stanchion rails, rope shackles for your storage chest, sewing skills to make gear bags and sail mending, netmaking for storage, and rope fenders for hull protection. The author included no superfluous skills or fancy work (MacNamara's Lace as we called it in the Navy).
There is more than a hint of Yankee frugality pervading THE MARLINSPIKE SAILOR as Hervey Garrett Smith promotes self-sufficiency through recycling old rope and canvas, or anything else that can be salvaged and made useable.
THE MARLINSPIKE SAILOR is an important and useful book for the beginner to teach themselves the fundamental skills necessary to quickly make oneself a useful member of any traditional sailboat crew. This book should be read in conjunction with both THE ASHLEY BOOK OF KNOTS and SEAMANSHIP IN THE AGE OF SAIL.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27 2000
Format: Paperback
As live-aboard cruisers, we have frequent uses for knots, bends and hitches. We have several instructional books on knotting and splicing, and the best remains "The Marlinspike Sailor" by Hervey Garrett Smith, published in 1956. Smith's explanations and illustrations stand the test of time. They are the clearest and easiest to follow of any instructions we've found. Invariably, we always pull out "The Marlinespike Sailor" when we're at loose ends!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24 2004
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In a category with few other references, The Marlinespike Sailor is the go-to guide when you have time for fancy work projects. The step-by-step illustrations are nicely rendered and the descriptions and lore are amusing. Any REAL Bosun's Mate should have a copy in his possession. Its one of those things you don't pull out too often, but when you or a friend need a good "how-to" for making a coachwhipping or a plaited sennit, its priceless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10 1998
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As a US Navy First Class Bos'n Mate, this book is a fantastic text for keeping our arts alive and accessible to the novice. This will be my second copy as the first was 'pinched' by a colleague. I have completed at least four of the projects with great results(yeah, yeah, tooting my own horn. I know). H.G. Smith helps define beauty in simplicity, form truly follows function.
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