New boats with cast iron keel, should I have it removed an sealed/painted?
I became the owner of '76 MacGregor Venture 23 yesterday. She is very good shape overall including, in so far as I can tell, the cast iron keel. However I plan, for at least this year, to put her in the cold as salty waters of Puget Sounds at my local marina for the remainder of the spring and summer and then pull her back out onto her trailer for the winter. I'm trying to decide if it is a good idea, or even practical, to have the local boat yard remove the iron keel and have it cleaned up and then sealed with epoxy or treated with some of the other systems I've been researching on these forums.
What's the general opinion? Would you pull the keel and make sure it has protection right from the start or am I worrying about this too much and should just plop her in, sail her for the summer and then re-address in fall when I pull her out?