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Keep -a - Goin'
The old O'Day is a worthy little boat and will serve you well once you get that keel fixed. Don't be tempted to take short cuts. Myself, I have also considered something like, 'have a small steel keel welded up and then welded to the iron keel trunk blah blah blah ....' Forget it.
Use crowbars and drills and chisels and whatever it takes and get that old centerboard out. Get to the pivot pin and drill it out if you have to. Do not destroy the iron trunk or any part of the hull, but don't be afraid to turn that centerboard and pivot pin into shavings and filings. It is a suck job, but it's worth it.
Once the junk is out, do a real good job of cleaning up the iron trunk and coating it with epoxy primer (Interlux 2000 works best) and bottom paint it two coats.
Start an internet search now for another centerboard for the boat, as well as a new pivot pin and the various small pieces. If worse comes to worse, you can actually build a new centerboard out of fiberglass, and a machine shop can make you a new pin.
Don't give up. The experience will be worth it. The boat will sail well when fixed properly, and will be easy to sell to move up to another when you are ready.