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The Saga of the Sad Swinging Keel

First of all, let me thank those that have been kind enough to reply to my earlier posts. FishDragon is my first real sailboat (relatively speaking), and the first boat I've ever worked on - so if I seem clueless, that's why.

Just got the boat up on blocks (is that the correct term?) a few days ago, and went down there this evening to get my first real assessment of the job ahead of me.

I'm going back Sunday (if my wife allows me) with my hydraulic jack to see if I can remove the keel (it supposedly weighs 400 lbs.). I don't know what the keel's made of (lead?), but it appears to have a thick coating over it (fiberglass?) that needs serious refinishing. My guess is that the best thing to do would be to strip it to the metal, and paint it - but any input on this would be very appreciated.

One specific question - what would be the best tool for removing whatever it is the keel is covered in?

Obviously, this rookie's got his work cut out for him if I want to get it launched by Sailstice! LOL

Hope everyone's out SAILING this weekend!!

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