Repair at Land
To begin your job as a shipwright's helper, and repair ships for profit, walk up to any of the tables on the Main Islands and hit the Shift Key. There are three tables on each island which vary on difficulty. The tables are always set up from left to right in order of increasing difficulty. (Easy = Left ; Intermediate = Middle ; Hard = Right) When you complete all 5 tasks, you will be rewarded a set amount of gold, and be told your final completion time.
Repair at Sea
Repairing at sea is near the same as repair at land, only the stakes are much higher! When repairing at sea, you can actually repair your, or your captain's, ship without ever returning to port! To begin repairing a damaged ship out as sea, walk up to one of the scarred areas of the ship and press the SHIFT key. The difficulty of the tasks presented varies by ship size and the severity of the damage. When you have completed all 5 tasks, the ship will receive marginal repairs, starting with the sails and main health, then the reinforcement of the hull. If the ship still needs repairs, the tasks will reset themselves so that you may repeat them.
To successfully repair a ship, you must complete 5 tasks as quickly as possible. These tasks include Hull Scrubbing(Land Only), Bilge Pumping (Only at Sea), Plank Sawing, Hull Bracing, Hammering, and Hull Patching, and they can be completed in any order that you desire. As you work towards completing tasks, the ring around each tab will fill up. When you have completed the task, the ring will be completely green and a check-mark will be stamped onto the tab.
|Hull Scrubbing is the first task at the Ship Repair navigation that you must complete, and is only available when repairing at land. The objective is to scrub all of the barnacles off the ship as quickly as possible. This is done by shaking the mouse cursor, represented by a scrub brush, over the barnacles. The barnacles will shrink as you repeatedly move the mouse over them, and eventually fall off.
|Bilge Pumping replaces Hull Scrubbing at sea, and your objective is to pump all the water out of the bottom of the ship! This is done by timing your mouse clicks just right, so that the bilge bar is in the green when you click. Each time you successfully hit the green bar, the amount of water in the ship silhouette to the right will go down and the speed at which the bilge bar moves will increase. The amount of times you need to do this will vary depending on the severity of damage to the ship, and what type of ship it is.
|Plank Sawing is the second task, combining the skills of speed and precision to saw planks into various shapes. The mouse pointer becomes a saw, which you must click and drag along a darkened line across the planks of wood.
|Hull Bracing employs your ability to solve puzzles. Moving one block at a time, you must rearrange the blocks so that those marked with horizontal red and/or vertical green stripes are aligned to form a straight line top to bottom. The Easy ship repair will only include a horizontal red stripe, Intermediate adds more solid wooden blocks, and Hard adds a green vertical stripe to the mix. Your ranking will be determined by how quickly you are able to solve the puzzle.
|Hammering makes use of your ability of timing. Your mouse pointer will become a set of green cross-hairs that increase and decrease in size continually. The numbers of nails you must complete depends on the difficulty setting. You will have to complete 4 on Easy, 6 on Intermediate, and 7 on Hard.
|Hull Pitching is the last task you need to complete to successfully repair a ship, and makes use of hand eye coordination. Your pointer will this time change into a bucket of pitch, and you will be presented with a hull wall. Numerous holes will appear in the wall and water will gush in, and your task is to cover these holes with pitch as quickly as possible by clicking over the hole with your pointer. The harder the difficulty, the more holes it will ask you to fill.