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ForeMast Ratlines

Starting process of attaching Futtock Staves

What I do is to first put Contact Cement on the Shroud and also the Futtock Stave, which is basically a cut down Toothpick.

Once make contact, I use my Tweezers to get to spacing right. The Contact Cement has just enough give so I can adjust it. Once I get the spacing right, it’s just a matter of squeezing the 2 sides together. After a hat I drop some Superglue on it to fix it in place.

1st Catharpin in

I ended up using a double binding for the Catharpins. it’s a challenge doing this in an enclosed area, but I’ve tied so many Clove Hitches, that it’s second nature now.

I’m just putting in 3 Catharpins
I use 2 sets of Clove Hitches
Starboard side done…
Port side done…