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Re: Keel repair C&C 32 / keel separation??
if the boat struck and then rode up onto the rock it's much better than if it hit and just stopped dead I'd sand the hull down to gelcoat around the stub; particularly at the aft end of the stub where compression loads would be highest. Look for radiating cracks from the stub along the bottom of the hull. Check the torque of the bolts before dropping the keel if they are tight with little movement when torquing at the spec'd amount you probably don't have a problem with bolts failing or the stub compressing (but that's not the only form of failure). If they are loose then you will know that the movement was due to bolts stretching or stub damage. Also look in the bilge for any evidence that the glass going over the top of the stringers has cracked or stressed.
I'd hire a surveyor knows structural damage to look at the boat; and ask your yard manager (or the yard's fiberglass specialist) to have a close look at it and give their opinion also.