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Boat Sailing for Amateurs.
In the following chapters it is proposed to begin at the beginning with the principles of sailing, and to treat of the practice of it from the management of open one-sailed boats up to a ten-ton yacht. By the time when the amateur can sail his five or ten-ton yacht he will not be content with elementary treatises. We shall assume that our readers are either quite ignorant of the art we hope to teach, or that they have only attained the usual first stage of knowing just sufficient to see how much there is that they do not know.
Boat sailing is a most fascinating pursuit, and when a man has once taken to it he is, if circumstances permit, a sailor to the end of his days. There is one caution w should like to give at the very outset.
Learn to swim before you go sailing. No mere pleasure is worth risking one's life for, and accidents will happen even to the most skilful sailorman. Many a life has been lost for the lack of ability to swim a hundred yards, or to support a lady or comrade for