All Hands on Deck! Stahlratte is a two-masted sailing lugger with traditional sails. There are no automatic sailing riggs. All manoeuvers are handmade. There are 6 sails in total to set. To hoist and strike sails all crew is participating. Smaller actions are operated by the watch in charge, others need input of the entire crew regardless of what daytime is.
Ideal winds may reduce manoeuvers to nearly nothing, strong winds can cause hectic goings onboard. No winds invite sailors to jump into cool waters in the middle of the ocean… There may are calms days long. Here everybody is left to one`s own recources to fullfill his life onboard while waiting for wind! Anchorages, cleaning decks, etc. are general tasks on Stahlratte wich are operated shared.
Hawsers get caught, sails snap! On anchorages, but sometimes on main sea, sails must be resewed and the rigg needs repairs. On the other hand crew and capitano enjoy big fun with felicitous tacking manoeuvers – when our Old Lady slowly turns her nose and the sails get the wind… Or at harbour gateway and casting offs just on sails. So bunglers become happy sailors. Whow whats to learn more about sailing will like “Plasticrat” in scale 1:10. And those who all their life wanted to sew sails on there own can find all necessary technical literature our libary.