One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A rope to which the lower edge of a sail is sewn.
- ‘Swing Ropes are constructed from Natural Fibre and foot ropes are usually ferrule pressed Wire Rope.’
2A rope below a yard on which a sailor can stand while furling or reefing a sail.
- ‘Ratlines are the little ropes that form the steps or foot ropes that run crosswise between the shrouds.’
- ‘He showed me what I could step on to get to the foot ropes, and then we were on the yard.’
- ‘Some experienced seamen even ran along the tops of the yards, dropping onto the foot ropes when they reached their station!’
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