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Re: Keel Patch Required?
Years ago I went to kolledge in Binghamton so I know your area a little. Pretty area but also pretty cold in winter. Tremaine State Park is awesome and Ithaca is gorges!
If you decide you need to patch that area to help seal the keel/hull joint I would use epoxy with epoxy with colloidal silica filler. I use West Systems epoxy because it is easy to use and has not failed me yet. There are other, cheaper epoxies out there but for the amount I use it is not worth hunting down the best deal. You could use some cloth tape with the epoxy but I'd think that would be overkill and make the job more difficult, especially if you have little experience laying up epoxy and cloth.
As for an epoxy based paint, sure, you could do that. I'm not sure it is necessary but it is not a bad idea. An epoxy paint would act as a primer in some ways. If you do go with an epoxy paint I would suggest that you use a paint of a different color than you normally use for your antifouling paint. This way you will be able to see if the anti-fouling paint has revealed the layer underneath.
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