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Old 24-06-2005, 14:34   #1
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Tips on installing ratlines...

Hello all,

We'll be spending much of next year in the tropics. I want to be able to easily get up from the deck to spot the coral better.

My plan is to install ratlines on my mast shrouds. I have wire rope shrouds.

I've tried using wooden rungs and attaching them by wrapping thin cord using various patterns.

But, so far, I cannot get the steps to stay in place with my weight. They keep slipping down!

Can anybody can suggest some ideas that have worked for them?

s/v Salacia
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Old 25-06-2005, 03:45   #2
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The thing you don't want, which I'm sure your aware of, is not to damage the wires. There are cable clamps that are disigned to clamp around a pair of wires for making temorary loops and such. You might try to pick up some of those and just put in a placebo dowell in the other side.

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Old 25-06-2005, 13:30   #3
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An SSCA Post advises
"The Rigger's Locker" by Brion Toss has a good chapter on rigging ratlines."
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Old 26-06-2005, 09:09   #4
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One way i have in stalled them in the past is to have two wooden rungs that bolt together with the shroulds passing through the two that then bolted together a bolt each side of the shrould that passes through in a groove in the rungs.To lash them on you must do a whipping down the shrould of at least 12 inches be for you start lashing them.In oz we call it jacob's ladder. A word of warning you must cover the ends of these or they will wreck your sails in no time flat a tennis ball works well. Greg
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Old 30-06-2005, 23:37   #5
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Here, Oz, you dropped something…

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