Yesterday was spent cleaning Hiawatha’s bottom, and checking for rot. The good news is she was built like a battleship. 8 inch chines, and the planks are 12 inches tall, 2 inches thick and 40 feet long! Mother of god! The two areas we did find, were cleaned out and will be treated with CPES, and then patched. The other good news is under the rot is strong and isnt that big of a deal.
This of course brought some comparisons to mind with our speed boats. Or even Chris Craft cruisers. Built with weight and speed in mind. These Butler boats were built for safety and durability and it shows. Man oh man. It’s a joy to lean new things with George’s brain around. And in the end everyone wins, Hiawatha keeps going, the Railway has a purpose, and life continues. With the use of a mallet and chisel, and some grinding. Hey, sometimes it gets ugly…before is is beautiful.