if you can find an old "coast Guard Blue JAcket Manual" there is some pretty good instruction and pictures in there.
12-11-2011 08:42 PM
As an after thought. I find the best material for smaller step mats is cotton sash cord , the kind old fashioned weighted windows used. Cheap, easy to weave and easy to wash. I put em down with contact cement and wash and bleach when they come loose.Larger flemish and woven mats can use up a heap of old halyards. A large slab of plywood with casing nails driven at the appropriate loops makes it so easy to make the first few turns. If you have a real steering wheel on your vessel, a Turks head knot shows the tdc spoke and seys to all aboard "I yam what I yam"!!
12-11-2011 08:03 PM
While on walkabout got to sail on many chartering tall ships on day sails by making thump mats and other woven rope stuff. Make the promise, get aboard, deliver the goods while sailing for free.Arrr, them were the days.
12-11-2011 07:14 PM
Had a fantastic book once I think it was American re knots and ropework must have lost it in one of my many moves, hate that when it happens
04-05-2009 11:50 PM
I finally got around to doing what I was always going to do someday - convert my old halyards into rope mats.
If anyone's interested, you can find photos I took whilst making my own Ladder Step mat here:
Over recent years I have enjoyed making some traditional rope mats for my own gaff-rigged Finesse 24 boat (Emma & Kate). I have made mats for entrance, galley, and block protectors in natural fibre, 6mm flax. This rope is relatively thin so you don't trip over! The mats after a while give that 'live-in' look that suits a traditional boat.
If anyone would like me to make a mat for their boat, then please email email@example.com .
09-04-2008 04:08 PM
There are some easier to see pictures and animations here
09-03-2008 09:04 PM
My sister gave me "The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots and Ropework" for my birthday. It's loaded with great stuff like this.
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