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Aaron Norlund

Don,

I've made a few all-rope ladders that seem to work well. I work aboard tallships as mate often and these arrangements work well even with freeboards of 10+ feet. I'm not a fan of rope ladders with plastic/wood steps for the weird moving and pinching they do. The all-rope ladders are comfortable, don't pinch, and weigh enough to be stable, but stow fairly small and aren't too heavy to be practical.

This is a picture I just found that is the same concept:

http://richard.rathe.org/travel/eglades04/images/rope-ladder.jpg

I always used old 1/2" to 3/4" polyester three strand that has been retired from running rigging. The pattern for making it can be found in the ashley book of knots. Obviously, the width and distance between rungs can be changed to suit. I found just wide enough for two feet is best. The above picture is not wide enough, but was a quick find.

I plan to make one of these up for our W32, as well. Aboard the tallships, they always make a good bosun's project for students; kinda like rope mats and such.

Best of luck,
Aaron N.

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