Indeed. You can also lace some lightweight twine from each step to out to the shroud and back to the next step. Ends up looking like a fine white zigzag pattern and keep the lines from getting caught.Halyards can catch on the fixed steps when the boat is rolling a lot while raising or lowering sails. You just have to keep a bit of tension on the lines to keep them from whipping around.
Bill, what is the vertical spacing between the rungs - 18" or so?This is what the ends of the ratline steps look like.
I measured the spacing between the shrouds for the top and bottom steps. I divided the space between them for the other steps, then figured their length by proportion. The steps are 1" tubing and the ears on each end of the tubing are 1-1/2 x 2-1/2 x 0.090 rounded on one end with two drilled holes. The walls of the long bottom step are thicker than the others as it was a little too bouncy when thin. Cable clamps hold them to the shrouds. I had some trouble finding clamps for my 9/32" (7mm) standing rigging, but when I found them, I bought a box. A cap nut covers the exposed threads and serves as a locking nut. I made up the parts and had the welding done by another person.
There is a teak step bolted to the fourth step down to make it comfortable for me to stand there for a while with a radio and compass to con my wife below on the tiller through coral.
I actually think my method is too complicated. Were I to do it again, I'd just heat up the ends of the tubing with a torch, smash them in a smooth jaw vise, round the ends, and drill the holes. It would be a lot simplier.
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Yes, 17-1/2". I figured out where I wanted the top one to be and where I wanted the bottom one to be. It thought the spacing should be about 18", but it worked out to be a little smaller. I measured the distance between the wires at the top step and at the bottom step then set up an Excel spreadsheet to proportion the ones in between so that they would not bow the shrouds apart or together.Bill, what is the vertical spacing between the rungs - 18" or so?