Reference Data & useful things
This section is ( I hope) useful background on the materials and components we use
Articles on general topics & a blog style thing
Small can be beautiful - A few thoughts on the perils of boat ownership are offered.
Real Boating - Tom Cunliffe ruminates on proper boats
Why Classic Marine is going social - or it's all your fault
Thoughts in order of occurrence - not much rhyme or reason
Articles - Gear for gaffer series
Gear for Gaffers - Part 1 - Bowsprit arrangements - the general whys and wherefores.
Bitts and Bobs(tays) - Looking at the loads on bowsprits, and the sizing of components.
Traveller's Tales - This one looks at staying, anchor and traveller arrangements.
Staying Put - staying, buckling and modes of failure in masts.
Rigging Loads - a study in guesswork.
Standing Rigging - trying to get to a consistent set of equipment.
Mastbands - attaching standing rigging to the spars.
Backstays & Rigging Screws - and chainplates and things.
Mast furniture - the practical details of mast fittings.
Gaffs and their Saddles - saddle types and gaff arrangements.
Booms - an attempt to sort out loadings on booms.
Bits for booms - details of some of the boom fittings and arrangements.
Shortening Sail - all about reefing arrangements.
Adjusting the Tackle - all about blocks and tackles - or is it "tayckles".
I don't mind if you make use of this stuff, but an acknowledgement would be nice. Anyone I find making use of it without acknowledgement will be listed in s**t's corner!