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Baggywrinkle: - chafing gear made from old ropes

Baggywrinkle  is the "scruffy-looking padding used on shrouds to prevent chafing. chafe against the spreaders or shrouds, wearing away the sail to the point where it could rip in a big blow.

Baggywrinkle  is the "scruffy-looking padding used on shrouds to prevent chafing. chafe against the spreaders or shrouds, wearing away the sail to the point where it could rip in a big blow.

 

All you need is a ball of marline and some old rope. Middle a twelve foot piece of marline , hook it over a nail in your work area and secure the bitter ends about a foot apart. Now chop up any rope you have into piece of about 6".  Careful separate the pieces into strands.  Now placesa strand crosswise underneath the marlin bring each end up and over though the center as shown. Now grasp both end of the rope strand and pull them towards the nail. Each strand is jammed close to the proceeding one. When you have made enough trim the strands to an equal length. It is applied to rigging by seizing the end in position and winding it spiraling the desired distance

 

Bob from Schooner Madeline making baggywrinkle Aug 2001

 

Baggywrinkles on the schooner Madeline
     
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02/10/2008