The DIY sailmaker can save as much as
three-quarters of the cost of their sails by making them or re-cutting
old ones, using little more than a tape measure, scissors and a domestic
This work shows how the traditional
rule-of-thumb methods of sail design can be updated with the aid of
computer programs available by post. It describes the origins of the
different shapes of sail and the practical differences between them in
their handling and performance out on the water. It also explains design
principles, the choice of sailcloths and shows how a basic home computer
can be used to plot the panel shapes.
The reader is then taken through the
processes of lofting, seaming, sewing and tabling, and the hand
finishing of details such as headboards, reef point, leathered corners
This book contains all the information a
boatowner needs to design, make, repair and modify their sails.