The piles for the little marina of the Sailing Club Suriname have been
driven into the ground this week. Nineteen in all.
The wood is manbarklak: straight, heavy and extremely well resistant to
fungi and borers. Ideal for marine construction and our engineer Kenneth
bought them for a nice price. Walter Durga, who drove the piles, warned
us against womanbarklak: extremely inferior to manbarklak.
wedding anniversary was celebrated by JW on the pontoon as he had to
keep a watchful eye on the men and the work. In the meantime P cleaned
up the property from empty PET bottles and other plastic, plastic zakken,
discarded or lost flip-flops, a fan, a computer terminal and lots
of other scrap. Totaling over twenty garbage bags.
The first pile was a milestone and ritually sprayed with a djogo – a
liter of Parbo beer.
The principle of
“self-activation” that we know from our days as members of our Dutch sailing
club has penetrated in Suriname. In the weekend all club members pulled down
the old jetty, mowed the grass and cleaned up the property. And last but not
least the boats were moored between the new piles.
This is only the beginning! The property will be fenced off and a new jetty
will be constructed for traffic to and from the boats, a slip for daysailers
and a clubhouse. So we are sure that some work will be waiting for us when
we return from Holland by the end of June.