This book is a complete guide to constructing sails, with information on weights and sizes of ropes; masting, rigging, and sails of steam vessels, and much more. With detailed diagrams, useful formulas, and everything else one might need to know, this book is ideal for those with a practical interest in sailing and sail making. Contents include: "On Description and the Use of Sails", "On Measuring", "Rules for Finding the Number of Cloths", "On Finding the Quantity of Yards in Sails", "On Cutting-Out Sails", "General Rules and Instructions for Making Sails", "Practical Operations in Sailmaking", "On Fore-and-Aft Sails", "Masting, Rigging, and Sails of Steam Vessels", etc. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on sailing.