The Complete Rigger's Apprentice: Tools and Techniques for Modern and Traditional Rigging Hardcover – Aug 22 1997
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A masterpiece on the subject of rigging.''
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"A masterpiece on the subject of rigging and its various effects." "Sailing"
"Toss's love of the subject shines throughout." "SAIL"
"Full of excellent instruction and information for any cruising person who wants to be able to repair and upgrade his boat's rig." "Cruising World"
"By far the best knot-and-ropework book I have ever used." "Nautical Research Journal"
"Brion Toss, master rigger, is a most perceptive teacher, advisor, and confidence builder as well as a humorous and delightful companion." "Sailor's Gazette"See all Product Description
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1. Many of the illustrations and explanations are difficult to understand. There's a difference between artistic illustration (which is used in the book) and good technical illustration (which it should have). There's also a looseness with written explanation, eg, "bring it up even with the mark" where it's not clear which "it" is meant.
2. The book is fraught with typos. For example, Fig 4-15C shows a braided core buried for "4 rope diameters" when it should be 14 (the text has it right). Someone who has done eye splices in braid (like myself) and is using the book as a refresher would probably follow the figures rather than the text -- and get hurt. In another place, 8mm line is referred to as "1/16 inch" when it should be 5/16.
3. The eye splice for standard braid can be done as described only by using Brion's proprietary Splicing Wand. Not only is this a $50 item, but it can't be used with 1/4" or smaller braid (which I do have some of on my boat). I would have expected someone of Brion's stature to tell how to do a splice using a Uni-fid (or regular Samson fids) and then "here's how it's easier with my wand if you want to buy one."
4. Tables for things like sheet and halyard loadings are published without comment (and, in fact, contradictory data is given between Fig 2-1 and the Lewmar data in the Appendix -- almost a 2:1 difference in mainsheet loading for a 35' boat!).Read more ›
The book includes some important basic things like sweating a halyard and less well known things like how to use a marlinspike and why your lifelines should be left a little loose, and more. I was pleased to see a drawing of what I called a bowline with a tucked tail--a more secure version of the bowline that I haven't seen in any other text.
Much of the material is just not applicable to newer yachts, but there are many illustrations of innovative techniques that a modern self-reliant yachtman could use to replace, or repair, things that break. Reading this book will help you find solutions to problems you will face at sea.
I don't think I saw anything relating to rod rigging or any discussion of modern fibers and rope. If you are trying to rig a modern sailing yacht, and think this book is your solution, you will be disappointed.
I guarantee you won't regret buying the book.
There is even a chapter full of silly rope tricks to impress the younger generation. Rigger's Apprentice provides a mountain of useful information, then provides pointers to those who wish to go further into this fascinating practical art. I defy you to read this book, and not prop it up somewhere with a piece of string in hand, trying out some knot that Brion Toss is championing. It will convince your significant others that you really are going off the deep end with this sailing thing.
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As a rigger myself, i thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it most informative and useful for my trade. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Rigger Macaulay
THE COMPLETE RIGGER'S APPRENTICE by Mr. Brion Toss is a no-brainer simple compilation of standard rigging technique. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2002 by Brian A. Glennon
If you want to impress your friends with rope and knot tricks buy this book. If you were looking for a book that would actually assist you in rigging a sailboat ,save your money. Read morePublished on Dec 15 1999 by T. Oneill
A very well written book in which Brion Toss describes all aspects of boat rigging with great aplomb. Read morePublished on June 7 1999
Far more than I had expected. I thought I was purchasing a book on rigging sailboats - it's that and more. Decorative knotwork, easy to follow instructions, cordage, even magic! Read morePublished on Dec 28 1998
Perfectly written, wonderful illustrations. Great for the first time traditional sailor or hopeful rigger.Published on Dec 3 1998
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