Chapter 43

 

As it turned out, making the sails and an anchor was much more difficult than I thought. Most of the sails from the wrecked ship were rotten, but I found and stitched two pieces that were fine to make a big sail.

On the other hand, a mast, which is a piece of wood which holds the sail, was easy to make. With Friday’s help it took us no time at all. Still, it took us two months to finish all preparations and furnish the boat.
Friday knew how to navigate a boat but the mast and the sail were new to him. I had to instruct him how to use them.

Meanwhile, the twenty-seventh year of my stay on the island came. I spent the last three years with Friday, and they were much different from the time before I met him. The boat was ready and I knew that I was probably not going to stay much longer on the island. However, I still continued working in the garden and looking after my animals.

The rainy season came upon us, so we built a small platform for the boat. We also covered it with leaves. This way, the water wouldn’t take the boat, and it was hidden too.

The rainy season also gave us enough time to plan our voyage. After it finished, we started putting food in the boat. I sent Friday to the beach one day. I wanted him to get a tortoise, but he came back running. Before I even asked him, he cried out that there were three canoes on the beach.