The sailors will learn to work with independent accountability with each member of the crew being a crucial part of a team. Each week, the duties of the crew will rotate so each crew mate gets a week long of steady experience at each duty station. Duty stations include:
- The Helmsman is responsible for steering the boat and is the acting First Mate. This seaman is responsible for inspecting the checklists provided by crew members prior to each leg of our voyage. We do not weigh anchor until all stations have completed their duties and submitted their checklists and are ready for inspection by the Helmsman and one of the Captains.
- The Quartermaster will with assistance from the Captains chart our next leg, navigate the vessel along with the helmsman and will signal or radio other vessels as appropriate. This crew member is responsible for assuring all running and signal lights, bells, horns, whistles and radios are in good maintenance and operating condition.
- The Boatswain (Bo’sun) is in charge of the decks and as such will assure all our running gear is in good shape and readiness at the beginning and properly maintained and stowed at the end of each leg of our voyage. This includes assuring the decks are clear, and the sails, lines and other “soft” gear is in good maintenance and stowed properly. In this segment, we’ll focus on developing excellence in the MarlinSpike discipline (the art of knots and ropework.)
- The Engineer will assure our mechanical equipment is maintained in good running condition, including checking the oil of the engine prior to use, making sure the winches and windlass are operating properly and the condition of the wheel to rudder connection is in good shape. The Engineer will also be the responsible Coxwain (Cox’un) which is the master of the small boats, and as such will be responsible for inspecting and maintaining the lifeboats, dinghies and their associated equipment and provisioning.
- The Safety Officer ensures that the fire-extinguishers are properly charged, and haven’t expired and ensures they are secure and fastened tight. The SO will also inspect the life jackets for wear and tear and assure each crewmen dons their life jacket before weighing anchor. The SO will also check the Bells, Horns and Lights along with the quartermaster in the event we might need them for fog, foul weather or night time running. The SO also works with the Coxswain to assure the lifeboats and dinghies are always ready to be deployed.
- The Galley Master will take charge of provisioning, making sure we have enough food and water until the next provisioning stop, will help build the menu, and will perform preparation of food so it’s ready to cook or finish cooking prior to mealtime.
End note: As Captains of a seagoing vessel, our foremost duty above all other duties and services being provided is the safety all visitors, passengers and crew. We will not weigh anchor at any point unless and until the vessel and crew are properly outfitted and in a proper state of maintenance and readiness. At any time we feel even the slightest need to assume control over any station, task or person, we will do so to conclusion to assure the safety of everyone on board. We will then use the opportunity to apply learning techniques after we are safely ship shape.