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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