Re: Rot in hull/deck joint - thoughts on necessity of reinforcement?
Doesn't sound good to me, but some pictures would help. You'll need more than a few wood knees to hold the deck together once the boat starts twisting over the ocean swell (a knee has to have something structural to work on) and the last thing you want in a storm at sea to have the deck open up on you.
In sheltered waters you might be fine, but if you're planning a 2-year cruise away from quality repair facilities, best get CharlieCobra onto it right now. Give him a call - he will know what to do.
From RFC 1925: "(3) With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead."