Now that the Charles Mercer has been taken out of service for the year, it's time for it's annual maintenance and repair. These fellows looked like they were doing a great job.
Some interesting tidbits of information I picked up about the boat over at the Friends of the Historic Great Falls Tavern site:
"The Charles F. Mercer includes superstructure features typical of the double-decked packet boats that plied the C&O during 19th and early 20th centuries. These features include an enclosed cabin and deckhouses running substantially the length of the boat with an additional topside, day deck built into the cabin roof and, in turn, covered by a single continuous, canvas canopy.
For purposes of longevity and maintenance, the Mercer is built on a painted aluminum hull with wooden rails and a fully cedar super-structure. The Mercer is 57' at water line with a beam of 13'."