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Old 13-03-2012, 06:05   #1
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Ratlines and Belaying Pins

What are some methods of attachment, design and materials?
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Re: Ratlines and Belaying Pins

Those are two very different things. Belaying pins: they can be found (usually 1/2") in bronze or galvanized online by googling. Mine are hardwood, turned (by me) on a mini lathe. My pinrail is doug fir, bolted through the side of the cabin (I see no earthly use for a pinrail on the shrouds--not usually strong enough to make halyards fast to, and in an awkward position to use if you're hoisting the sail anyway).
I wouldn't consider ratlines unless I absolutely had to make a habit of going aloft when the sail was down (when it's up, you can just climb the mast hoops). If you have that old-fashioned stainless steel wire rigging, then the friction tape and seizing in every place you attach a ratline traps moisture and leads to crevice corrosion. If you have proper dacron-covered plastic shrouds, you can just use 1/4" line firmly constrictor-knotted around the shroud. If you need thicker line for the rats, lash it onto the shroud with heading twine.
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