Good afternoon everyone! I am a relatively new boat owner and looking for some help with repairing my keel.
I am very open to attempting repairs myself, but just not sure exactly what I need to do.
I have a 31 foot Niagara Sailboat which I dearly love. I have had it for 2 years and will soon be launching again for the season.
A problem I have though, is that my keel looks like this (Photos Attached)
I am trying to determine what I need to do. So far, I have figured out that I either need to sandblast (Probably not probable or feasible) or manually scrape the keel down to the bare iron. I just don't seem to be clear on what I need to resurface the iron with.
The simplest method that I can determine is 2-4 coats of epoxy and then repaint the bottom. And I have seen some posts that are far more complex....
Judging by the thickness of the material that seems to be flaking off of the keel (with a little help from the pressure washer last time I took it out of the water) I feel that there is more material needed.
Like I said, I am very new and ignorant of the world of boat repair, but willing to take advice!
So please.....how do I get from the bare iron to the water! ha ha