It was a mixed bag on the boat this weekend, the fall weather was absolutely beautiful, but the work of digging rot proved to be more terrible then expected. I made the mistake of thinking that I was nearly done, when with one blow of the mallet, I struck daylight! Even though we're on the hard, and there was no danger of sinking, seeing a hole that goes thru the outer hull of the boat is ugly and frightening! BUT, the good news is that we found this latest spot and that this is now the last of the rot! We have gone thru her entire length, inch by painful inch and removed all the rotten wood... phew. So while this spot in the stern is an unexpected setback, it is in the stern, and we are almost done dealing with the rot! (Here's what it looks like in the big picture...)
Meanwhile, bringing Billy along with Chopper turned out to be a great idea. Its amazing how well these two get along, despite their personality differences. Billy, the more timid of the two, seems to become more reassured if Chopper is around, and Chopper, with his boundless energy, seems to mellow out around Billy. You can see them below enjoying a nap, while we're working!