This stands out against a plethora of books on knots as the practical application of rope and canvas work for useful yachting gear. It is keyed to the needs and interests of the owner of motorboat, sailboat, yacht, no matter how modern the equipment. Based on a scientific study of the anatomy of rope and cordage, its care, etc. the text goes on to basic fundamentals of necessary knots, hitches, bends, splicing and sowing. Then to handsewing and canvas work. To decorative knots useful to the yachtsman, and ornamental coverings that serve a purpose; to sennit making, chafing gear, rigging, reefing techniques, towing processes, cleats, etc., etc. With sketches and diagrams and directions, he suggests gear to make- and he indicates wise preparation for trouble- and equipment for emergencies. An excellent boat handbook.