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CHAPTER I. The Model, Rig, and Names of the Sails and Ropes in Common Use 
CHAPTER II. Ballast.—Useful Knots.—To anchor in a Gale of Wind.—Getting the Anchor, and Casting.—Anchoring for Fishing.—Grounding and Floating.—Warping by Means of an Anchor.—To make a Running Moor 
CHAPTER III. The Helm and Rudder.—Sheets.—The Topping-Lift.—Springing a Leak and the Use of the Pump.— Sailing "close-hauled," "by the wind," or "full and by."—To know when a Yacht is as near the Wind as she will lie.— Running free.—Before the Wind, or Scudding.—To execute a Pilot's Luff 
CHAPTER IV. Tacking.—Beating to Windward.—A Long and a Short Leg.—How to put a Yacht about.—How to distinguish the Starboard Tack from the Port Tack.—Jibing, or Wearing.—Dropping the Peak.—To beat to Windward in a Tide-Way.—To take in a Jib, and furl it.—To take in a Mainsail, and furl it.—To reef a Jib, or take off a Bonnet.—To clap one Reef in a Mainsail.—To cast out a Reef 
CHAPTER V. Signal-Lights.—The United States Regulations for Steering and Sailing, and the Rules of the Road.—Fog-Signals.—Salutes. —Dipping Colors.—Coming alongside.—Quarterdeck Etiquette.—Useful Articles of Cabin Furniture.—Anchor Watch.—Method and System versus Disorder 
CHAPTER VI. Cross-Bearings.—Two Examples.—Table of Proportional Distances.—Table for Determining the Distance that an Object at Sea can be seen in Statute Miles.—Determining Distance by the Flash of a Gun.—To find the Difference between the True and Apparent Direction of the Wind.—To find the Distance of an Object on Shore from the Yacht, by two Bearings of the Compass.—Use of the Charts.—Soundings.—Lead-Line.—Eight Bells, and Watch and Watch.—Boxing the Compass.—Velocity of the Wind.—The Log Reel and Half-minute Glass.—Buoys—Man Overboard 
CHAPTER VII. Practical Hints on Boat-Sailing 
CHAPTER VIII. A Short Cruise with a Sloop-Yacht, illustrating the Common Sea-Manœuvres 
CHAPTER IX. Vocabulary of Sea-Terms commonly in Use

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