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4 Days Ago 11:00 PM
SailRedemption
Re: Rope mats

Made a mat for my girlfriend's parents for Christmas.. I ended up tightening it up before I gave it to them, this picture was taken after I made it at work.

- Ronnie...on the geaux
5 Days Ago 10:02 AM
pdqaltair
Re: Rope mats

This old rode made a nice gift with a story behind it.



Since many old ropes will smell a bit, even after washing, a spray or soak with a weak borax/baking soda/washing soda solution will kill mildew even bleach will miss.
5 Days Ago 08:51 AM
dougsiren
Re: Rope mats

aha there is a wise sailor.....having a handy skill can get one invited aboard...i may have to try that! do you still sail out of nanaimo area?? i am out that way occasionally as my brother is in the area
5 Days Ago 08:44 AM
dougsiren
Re: Rope mats

hi Mike
this may be a long shot, but I knew and occasionally helped a man named eddie power (he had been my high school wood shop teacher) who built a 47 ft trimaran in whitby ontario back in the late 70s or early 80s, i know he had plans to sail it south but have long since lost track of him and the boat..is there any sort of trimaran forum or internet group that might help me track him down?? thanks!
1 Week Ago 06:04 PM
bljones
Re: Rope mats

Or a way to help get through winter.
1 Week Ago 03:10 PM
dougsiren
Re: Rope mats

rope mats look like a great idea for a windless day on the water or a relaxing day on the rocks or sand
03-06-2014 12:16 PM
FSMike
Re: Rope mats

Rope mats of many types can leave a nasty discolored area if left in the same spot for an extended period. Check frequently and clean as necessary.
11-07-2013 01:30 PM
manatee
Re: Rope mats

All the above plus a whole lot more, and *the best* rope & knot-tying illustrations anywhere:

The Marlinspike Sailor:Amazon:Books The Marlinspike Sailor:Amazon:Books


11-07-2013 11:18 AM
Soundforgod
Re: Rope mats

if you can find an old "coast Guard Blue JAcket Manual" there is some pretty good instruction and pictures in there.
12-11-2011 09:42 PM
Capt Len 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"!!
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