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Royce’s Sailing Illustrated Vol 1

Welcome back to the massive amount of books I found in one box. Let’s today talk about sailing, the best of all sailing worlds, right here. Royce’s sailing illustrated, volume uno. What is this? Okay. So in the first book we have… What is it first? I have no idea. It’s just little pictures of things that mean… Kind of funny, we were just talking about the Sumerians and the Babylonians and the first bit of writing and how they had a lot of pictures. Right? Same thing here. Each one of these little things mean something, doesn’t it? I don’t know enough about sailing. What?

All right. So at first I was going to be like it’s a whole bunch to do with sailing and tell this has to be old school, really old. The reason I say that is because we got this nice little picture of an Indian right here, and maybe that’s a knife, or maybe that’s an Indian. Not sure. I don’t understand what these pictures are for. However, the 1960s was the golden years of recreational sailing. The 1960s were the golden years with new fiberglass holes, synthetic sails and rope. For the first time, many new sailors had enough money in the bank to buy a minimum maintenance sailboat of 35 feet. It was fun to teach full day lessons with people from the four corners of the United States. And one from Bahrain in the Persian Gulf with over 1600 full day sailing students. Anything that could go wrong did, such as a big whale [inaudible 00:02:35] attacking us in our jetty.

So, okay. So this is Roy Royce. So yeah, it’s Royce’s sailing illustrated at the best of all sailing world. Okay. So this is his little book of what he’d done and all his, I don’t know, it’s a lot, but it talks about a whole bunch of different books or different boats, so we can learn about sails. Right? Right here we got the Western lug rig, the leg of mutton, the Eastern lug rig, the square sail shoulder mutton, or that’s a Dutch gaff rig. I don’t know, basic sails shapes. There’s a lot more to this sailing then. Well, man oh man, there’s a lot to this stuff, right? I had no idea there’s so much to sailing. Marconi rig. Wow. This is intense. So we gots the sailboat different types, right? And a lot for me, all right, when I was younger, I used to go to Crystal Lake with my family and my aunt loves sailing.

My mom, not quite so much. She would maybe go out once in a blue moon with us. We had a sailboat in our Lake House in Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, as well. But the bigger boat and the better one was up in Crystal Lake at the family house. Quite the bigger family house, not just my immediate family, like aunts, uncles, grandparents, all that kind of good stuff. And so every summer we’d go up there and my aunt would like to take me out and she’d teach me how to sail and all that kind of stuff. So that’s part of the reason I picked the book. Other than that, it was just random, I wouldn’t really thought about sailing. However, wait, what?

Wow. So there’s so much to this. So these are the sailboat types, right, and we’ll go one through eight, or one through 10, or no, one through 13, but then there’s a, this is literally just a type because then I was looking at the schooner and there’s like 100 different, or no I’m not going to say a 100, there’s numerous different schooners as well. So going on one, we got the catboat, two, the fractional sloop, that’s number two, the three, the masthead sloop, number four is the cutter, number five says yawl, number six is the catch. Now those have different… The first four looks like they just had your basic sails, one to two sails, then five through six or five through seven, they have more sales, and then eight through 10, even more. And then 11, 12, and 13 kind of go back down.

The traditional rig is more or less think of the man of war or something like that, a huge boat from back in the olden days. But we got the schooner, which is number seven, both mast, same height or after mast is taller. Number eight, we got the standard schooner rig. Okay. Number nine, we got this day sail schooner. And then 10, we got the traditional rig. 11, 12, and 13 are just, they don’t have… If holes 11, 12, and 13 are identical with some total sail area. So their holes are the same. So it’s basically the same boat, just different sails. But what were we doing? I liked the…

Okay. So two, three and four have the same holes, just different… So the fractional sloop, the masthead sloop and the cutter are all the same holes, they just have different masts or sails. Well, we’re going to go through, we’ll go through a traditional rig, the bigger, the better, right? So number 10, we’ll do that. And just so I remember number 10, 282.

The wonderful world of tall ships. That’s basically what traditional luggers, square rig family, the Naval warships, see that’s what I was talking about, the man of war. So we’re going to be talking about the big boys, right? The big boys is more interesting, more history behind them. I don’t own a big boy ship. The sailboat I was riding on was quite small, but excuse me, you get the point. All right. Talk to you again soon.