Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
27615 05 ST J1 N 999-99 07/03/1995
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04/16/1993 27615


DEFINITION: This is specialized sail making and sailing work in the operation of the United States Brig Niagara.

The Sailmaker is responsible for the maintenance, repair, and replacement of the sails onboard the ship and its auxiliary craft, in addition to assisting in the operation of the ship. Work also includes participation in other maintenance activities as required including repairs to rigging, decks, masts, yards, and hull. Lead work may be exercised over other crew members assigned either to specific repair and maintenance projects, or as assigned by a higher-level officer in the operation of the ship or its auxiliary craft.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: Trains and oversees the work of volunteer and professional crew in the maintenance and repair of the ship's sails.

Functions as a lead crew member, directing the work of other crew, as assigned by a higher-level officer.

Inspects the rigging and sails, recommending repair, maintenance, and/or replacement.

Runs jibboom in and out, crosses yards and sends them down, and sends T'gallant masts up and down.

Oversees sailhandling and line handling at pinrails for maneuvers.

Launches life rafts and takes charge of rafts.

Rigs awnings, brows and fenders, battens hatches, rigs anchor lights and day shapes, cats and fishes anchor, and starts all ship's pumping systems.

Steers the ship under sail or engine power, executing all helm orders for maneuvering.

Sets up standing rigging, ties basic and advanced knots, and adjusts footrope lashings.

Assists with the interpretation of the ship to the general public.

Performs related duties as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge in the repair and maintenance of sails.

Knowledge of rigging, hardware, and appliances.

Knowledge of man-overboard procedures.

Knowledge of emergency procedures for swamped auxiliary craft.

Knowledge of anchor handling and mooring.

Skill in the repair and maintenance of sails.

Ability to clearly and effectively communicate commands to both novice and experienced crew members.

Ability to launch and recover auxiliary craft.

Ability to install sails.

Ability to lift heavy equipment, material, and cargo.

Ability to maintain and repair sails, rigging, appliances, fittings, and equipment.

Ability to steer under sail and engine power, and execute all helm orders for maneuvering.

Ability to tie basic and advanced knots and adjust footrope lashings.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: One year experience working aboard a sailing vessel, including six months of experience as a ship's sailmaker; and eligibility for a United States Coast Guard Able-Bodied Seaman's Sailing Card.