The ship is down rigged which means that the masts are down and all the miles of rope and wire have been removed. ¬†The ship now sits at the dock, tied up with a cover built on the deck to keep the snow off. ¬†Winter maintenance is in full gear.
There is a lot of work going on between painting, cleaning, engine work, and maintenance on the spars and rigging. ¬†Ship work is dirty work. ¬†Never a good idea for one to wear their finest attire while working. ¬†I spend the day down by the river doing all sorts of tasks. ¬†Last weekend, after we took the inflatable out of the water, I spent my time melting tallow and fixing the base of a bandsaw. ¬†This weekend I built a stand for the inflatable’s¬†outboard motor and did work on the ship’s rigging. ¬† Both weekends I returned home covered in filth. It was great.
I enjoy working on and around the ship. ¬†More than anything else I do in my life, here I feel accomplished. ¬†I do things that have a tangible result. ¬†I don’t need to wonder why I am doing something or try to convince myself it will all pay off in the end. ¬†It is not such an intangible thing. ¬†I can see progress before my eyes.