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SD, dropping the keel is no small job. That's many boat bucks, and that's often not done even in serious groundings absent evidence of damage.
Peter, have someone at your yard take a peak at the situation. It's impossible to know for sure from the picture, but it likely is just fairing compound or sealant that has worn over the years. On some boats, fairing and filling the keel joint is an annual maintenance job. If the keel bolts are tight, you're not getting leakage, there's no damage to the keel boss (the glass part of the hull to which the keel is attached), and you haven't had a major grounding causing you to think that there's damage, I bet that's what you're looking at.
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