I am opening here a topic about the maintainance of a barge.
To put it quickly, my friend Warren acquiered a (to our knowledge single edition) boeieraak from 1903. A magnificent beast of 15.31m. It lived a long life in good conditions, except for the sails and the overall rigging.
The last owner wasn't found of sailing and only used it as a motorboat. A pity! He threw away ropes and pulleys as they grew old, not to buy any new ones.
My friend is no expert in sailing (he's a good barge captain, though), and wanted to put me in charge of all the shopping list and trying to get the beauty rigged once more.
I'm Breton, we're put on sail boats at age 6, but still, it's the first time I'll be in charge of sailing a boeieraak. So there will be a few tricks that I need to learn about them.
So basically we're on a quest for knowledge and experience, and I was under the impression that this was the right place.
Over time, we'll come with more questions and pictures/videos showing the barge, but for now my main question is "Where could we find references ?" I've been wandering a lot on the internet, never to find a proper book with all the rigging possibilities for a Barge or a Boeieraak. For instance the end of the boom doesn't seem to have anything to fix a block. Considering that the thickness of the boom varies over its length, I was wondering if it was common for both the toping lift and the mainsheet (? sorry for bad english) to be attached by ropes around the boom instead of having their blocks attached to a piece of metal?
Anyway! A reference book (or whatever) with all kind of ways to rig a barge/boeieraak would greatly help sort out how this one (single edition, as far as we know) was intended to be rigged.
We hope that, with your help, the beast will proudly show its colours once more.