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I would use fiberglass and reinforce the "fairing" for the strut, as that will help support the strut far more than just epoxy would. You shouldn't need to barrier coat it, since the epoxy is much more osmosis resistant than the polyester or vinylester resin.
Fair it out with a bit of thickened epoxy, and put a couple layers of glass over it, and then coat with some more thickened epoxy to finish shaping the area. Let it cure, sand lightly, and then prime and bottom paint.
I'd use West System Epoxy with their High-density filler. Not the collodial sillica filler, since that is going to be much harder to sand than the high-density filler IIRC.
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