How best to fix this issue? The first photo is for orientation purposes, the second shows where I need to fix. From walking around the boat yard, I can see that quite a few other boats have had patch jobs around the strut.
My specific questions would be, do I remove the material that is "peeling" (for lack of a better word), and then patch, or just patch over it. And then, what do I patch/fill with?
Also, can and should the prop and strut (and shaft?) be painted?