Everything posted by Innisfree
Another opinion, again for what it's worth: ratlines were high-wear items of rigging requiring repair and replacement frequently. Expending the additional effort to tar these lines may have seemed a extravagance and not worth the effort. Additionally the more supple nature of un-tarred line may have provided a somewhat better purchase for what were often bare feet. Either way, I am sure the matter comes down to aesthetics on the part of the builder.