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Keel Repair

Hi All,
I have just acquired this boat, a 24' 1974 Challenger and am getting prepared to launch in about 1.5 months. It will have been about 2 years since it was last in the water so I need to redo the anti-fouling paint.
My concern is with the keel, it looks to me like it should be stripped down and repainted, but I have no experience with this and don't know how to approach it. I am quite handy with tools, and could do it if I know what to do, but I don't want to jump into something way over my head.
My question(s) are:
1. Is the keel in serious shape?
2. If so, is it something I can learn how to do?
3. How do I tell if its an iron or lead keel?

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We need the pics. Type the address of the link. The ballast is lead according to the Columbia Yachts site.
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I can't link to my flickr photostream yet, but I've attached some relatively low-res pictures, I thought I did the first time

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The information I got from the Columbia site said it was lead but that doesn't look like lead. What do the keel bolts look like in the bilge? I'd scrape/sand off a bit of paint to see what is underneath and also the entire area of the keel/hull join. Scrape away any loose material and see what you're left with. You may have to drop the keel and rebed it to the hull.
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I haven't done much scraping around on it yet, I'm a little afraid of damaging it because I don't know what I'm doing . But I'll take a look at it when I visit it next.
I didn't think to look at the keel bolts for some reason.
Thanks for the help

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If it does turn out to be an iron keel, and you need to grind away the rust and recoat it, I found this link to be a good tutorial to how that goes.
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Given the age of the boat and the weeping rust stains... I would highly recommend dropping the keel, cleaning off the keel and re-fairing it, and checking the keel bolts and replacing them if needed...then re-bedding the whole thing.
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Thanks for all the suggestions, I think that dropping the keel will be necessary.

Does anyone have a ballpark for what that might cost in Canada?
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Look at doing it yourself. At $75/hr or so yard rates maybe between 1000 and 2000 or more if done professionally. It's not really complicated or hi tech.
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