Logbook Tres Hombres (April 11, 2012)
Maintenance time (part 3 of a day) by Elise Kossen, trainee
After the break it is maintenance time. Yesterday you started worming, parceling and serving one of the pennants from the inner jib. Today you want to finish by tarring and covering the thing with leather and old fire hose. You stick your head in the paint locker and with a lot of effort you find the right tar between all kinds of cans with and without paint, buckets, rags, brushes and sanding paper. (maybe tomorrow you will tidy this locker up...) Than you do the same with the red box which is standing on deck. The leather you need (off course) lies on the bottom of the box. After digging trough old and new ropes, twine, wax, canvas, two handy billies and a stretcher, the sight of the bag with leather pieces makes you smile.
Looking to the poop deck you see Dirk standing on the wheel with his big smile and twinkling blue eyes it's a pleasure looking at him. (this trip is his birthday present, every day of this trip should be celebrated!) Before you start on the pennant it is time to bring him some coffee with sugar and a piece of 'Nibblelicious' chocolate. Taking care of the helmsman is important, otherwise we might end up on eastern island or any other remote place ( mm, maybe not even a bad idea? ) Back to work, tarring the pennant! It is a nice job to do, working in a traditional way with different materials and tools to repair and cover the steel wire. After some hours struggling with strings, mallets, tar and the swell you gained some bruised spots and black tarred hands (smelling like bbq!) but the satisfaction of seeing the nicely finished pennant makes you don't care about these things.
In the meanwhile Anne Flore started to cut the pieces for a dingy cover. (she is a sail maker) Everyone is exited to see how this dingy cover will turn out. Machus used the stretcher and the Spanish windlass to make some nice seizing on the grommet which goes around the block of the gaff preventer. Mott sanded and stained the davits and the cathead, they look really pretty again. After these jobs Mott released Dirk from the wheel so Dirk could work further on the maintenance procedures (there are already 32 things to do on his list) and make lunch after that.
Elise Kossen, Trainee a/b
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