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  1. Color of ratlines

    This is probably too late to help the OP but it may help others. I took some pictures of the Phoenix in Charlestown, Cornwall ,UK, a couple of years ago. The Phoenix is a working two masted brig built in Frederikshavn, Denmark in 1929, and regularly appears in tv shows and films. The following pics clearly show that the ratlines are "tan" and not tarred. However the last pic shows that the knots on the outer shrouds are tarred, either as a result of the shrouds being freshly tarred or as a way of "securing" the knot.
  2. Fly Tying Tools

    I use a fly-tying clamp for almost all of my rigging. Coupled with a small vice there isn't much that I can't rig. It is one thing that I couldn't do without. I purchased it off fleabay a couple of years ago for about £25. Rigging the forestay on a sacrificial dowel; Rigging a block to the mast, the pliers taped to the mast are called hackle clamps/pliers. These can be used instead of the heamostats but obviously don't have as much weight to keep the line taut; For rigging on the boat I use heamostats, hackle clamps and the following homemade "things" made out of sewing needles; Hope this helps!

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