The tightening of the natural fiber sisal ropes on the Viracocha III is a necessity for the success of the expedition and requires the cumulative strength of many crew members. On land, the reeds dry and shrink overtime and the fibrous rope stretches as it dries. The opposite occurs at sea, reeds expand with the absorption of water and rope shrinks resulting in an amazingly rigid the hull
We have been working on the hull for two years and we will to continue to do so right up until launch day. It has been a very exhaustive process that is nearly coming to the end….. a long journey from the lofty Andes mountains to the sea.