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Re: Another Venture 17 keel repair question Another Venture 17 keel repair thread
The Venture has a 1.42 ' shoal draft keel section on the hull with a laminated 4.5' centerboard/swing keel coming out of it that hangs about the same as on the Venture 24 even though the 24 appears to eliminate the shoal keel component that is part of the hull.
In this video by Mr Angus he shows his repair to his Venture 24 centerboard/swing keel. It looks to my eye like there is a 3" to 4" iron or steel bar near to the edges of the centerboard and just fiber reinforced Bondo used to fill and fair it out without any wood so chances are that the 17 is similar.
I would be tempted to treat the metal with Ospho to convert any rust left in the iron/steel into iron phosphate neutralizing it before adding any bondo or fiberglass.
Once you start grinding it should become obvious what needs to be done, just don't stop short and be sure to get past the area where its rusted inside.
Hope this helps.