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We did the keel on our First 235 about five years back. Started by sandblasting to bare metal, then using WM's chemical rust converter. Five coats of Interlux 2000 over that, then antifouling. No rust so far (knock on wood), but we're in fresh water.

FWIW, the chemical rust converters I'm familiar with change rust (Fe2O3) to Fe3O2, which is what you see on a blue steel firearm. Rust flakes off, but Fe3O2 stays in place.

Good luck with the project.
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....My sister's First 285 has had to have the keel stripped and sealed multiple times. It's a big job. They have the work done professionally by a reputable yard, but it only seems to last about 2-3 seasons before rust starts weeping and bubbling again.....
Then I think the yard is not comfortable quoting the true work needed to do the job properly, probably worries the customer will think they are being ripped off when quoted $4,000 for covering a keel, so they quote $1,800 and do that much work...which isn't enough.

Covering a keel is very low tech, the perfect, if ugly DIY job.
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Then I think the yard is not comfortable quoting the true work needed to do the job properly, probably worries the customer will think they are being ripped off when quoted $4,000 for covering a keel, so they quote $1,800 and do that much work...which isn't enough.

Covering a keel is very low tech, the perfect, if ugly DIY job.
You could well be right about that. I don't know what they paid in the end, but I suspect that a figure of $1-1.5K every 2-3 years is perceived as more palatable than even $2-3K in one shot.

I noticed on the First 235 website that some owners have switched over to lead keels by Mars.
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