Gaff Sail - Robert SimperArgus Books, 1979, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges with short closed tears to the top edge. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated with black and white photographs, drawings & diagrams. From the cover: “The gaff rig was once the most universally popular sail plan that no one ever even mentioned it. From the beginning of the nineteenth century until after World War II most work boats and yachts had some version of a gaff sail plan. Craft were described as schooners, ketches and cutters and it was assumed that all had gaff sails. Most other types of sailing craft have a whole library of material covering their development, yet considering that the gaff sail plan supplied motive power for most small craft in the great age of sail, very little has been recorded about these beautiful craft. The actual art of handling a gaff vessel is now fast becoming a dying skill like that c-f handling a square rigged sailing vessel. Some gaff sailors believe that as it takes them longer to reach their destination they are getting far more enjoyment out of their boats! Others claim it is a more efficient sail plan for cruising. Certainly the gaff rig is too important a piece of sailing technology for it to be forgotten. This book details the Evolution of the gaff rig, sail handling, passage making, racing, famous gaff craft, and gaff classes and types available today.”
Size: 9" x 7". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages.