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Fig. 180
Sail for Man-Friday

Turn over the raw edges of the old sailcloth and stitch them down, as in Fig. 180 -that is, if you have the needle and thread for the purpose; if not, trim the cloth to the proper form and two inches from the luff (the side next to the mast). Cut a number of holes; these should be stitched like buttonholes, if possible, but if the sailcloth is tough and we have no needle, we shall have to let them go-stitched. A small loop of rope must be sewed or fastened in some other manner very securely to each corner of the sail.

From spruce pine or an old fishing pole make a sprit, and of a good, straight piece of pine manufacture your mast somewhat longer than the luff of the sail (Fig. 180).

Through the eyelets lace the luff of the sail to the mast, so that its lower edge will clear the dry deck by about a foot.

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Fig. 181
Scudding Before the Wind.

Through the bole made for the purpose in the bench (Fig. l81) thrust the mast into the step or socket that we have cut in the bow cross-piece. Tie to the loop at the bottom corner of the sail a strong line about twelve feet long for a sheet with which to control the sail.

Trim the upper end of the spirit to fit in the loop at the Upper outer corner of the sail, and make a notch in the lower end to fit in the loop of the line called the "snotter."

Now, as you can readily see, when the sprit is pushed diagonally upward the sail is spread; to hold it in place make a loop of line for a "snotter" and attach the loop to the mast, as in Figs. 180 and 181. Fit the loop in the notch in the lower end of the sprit, and the sail is set.







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