You can websearch the internet on exactly how to construct/tie a 'net'.
I (will) add a 'third lifeline' at near the deck to better hold the 'netting' in its stretched-out configuration, probably will run 6mm dacron and 'lashed' to each stanchion base.
The 'knots' of the netting are 'larks heads'; the netting is held tight to the end stanchions (the ones at the ends of the netting) via 'truckers hitches' w/ rolling hitches - adjustable vs. tension.
I now use dacron polyester 3mm, as nylon simply cannot withstand UV for very long.
On my boat with a small 15 lb. dog I only use the lower lifeline and a run of taught line near the deck onto which I tie on the netting.
You can get an idea of my netting from: http://i1086.photobucket.com/albums/j449/svAquila/IMG_0025.jpg .... look at the shadows of the netting on the teak deck to get an idea of the pattern that Im using.
As someone who spent innumerable tedious and boring hours/days/weeks in his youth, repairing fishing nets, let me just suggest that if you don't have anything better to do with your time, you need a bigger boat!
Good quality fishing nets of any shape, size or style are very cheap and affordable, for what you get.
I just bought netting from West Marine - costs $55 for a 40 foot length, 2 feet high - and you want to make it yourself?
I made a bird net with holes 4" x 4" to cover my boat - the amount of cord it used was an absolute revelation. I reckon making your own safety nets will be as costly as buying factory made stuff and you'll get a far finer grid with made-up nets (with respect to RichH).
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