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I will agree that your best bet is to dive down and clean it up.
However, I have seen plenty of boats careened, especially up in your area. With fin keels, too.
Some folks think of careening only as tying alongside a wharf with a big tide range, stabilizing/bracing the boat, and letting the tide go out. The boat stays upright. That's one way, that you see sometimes see up in Maine/Nova Scotia/England, etc.
Another way to careen is on a protected beachhead, where the boat leans over as the tide runs out. The key here is to find a sheltered location with a steep drop-off from the beach, and to position the boat along that drop off so the keel has more depth than the hull as it leans.
I admit that I have never done it myself, but I have seen it done many many times in various places along the South Shore (between Boston & Cape). I would careen our bolted-on fin keel, if necessary. But I know that ours was designed for this, too. I do not know the design of your keel, so maybe ask your builder what they think?
All that said, I would still just dive for your issue. If you do it yourself, be sure to wear some kind of gloves to protect your hands form barnacle/muscle cuts while scraping.
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