Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Crew in Cyberspace

It seems our friend over at the Superyacht Chef blog isn't the only crewmember who's typing away in cyberspace these days. A deckie onboard Polar Star (formerly Northern Star) has a great blog going as well. If you've ever wondered what a crewmember's workday is like, check out this post from today:

"A typical day for me on the boat would begin at 6am, when the 4 or 5 of us deckhands would have to chamois (read: "shammy") down the boat from front-to-back, top-to-bottom. Being a 63m/208ft boat with five levels, this can take at least an hour-and-a-half! Then there's all cushion covers that have to come off (there's 90,000-euros worth of outside cushions that are covered every night, and EVERY time it rains), the guests' food stains on the deck that have to be removed, and the glass that has to be spotless. Then it's a very welcome breakfast break. The rest of the day is taken up with runs to and from shore for the guests, and perhaps various water-sports activities like diving, wake-boarding, jet-skiing etc. Each one of these of course involves fresh water rinsing and cleaning afterwards. And, this being winter in the Caribbean, it's likely to rain once every couple hours, in which case there'll be a frantic "Covers! Covers!" call over our radios (our own personal 'ball-and-chain'), meaning we all drop what we're doing and try and cover up all the cushions. Then we'll have to chamois the boat again - that damned rain leaves water marks everywhere. Tsk tsk! (It's ironic that on an 80-million-dollar boat, water is our biggest enemy)."

We'll never view rain droplets the same way again.

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