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Re: Is this a healthy Catalina 22 hull/keel?
Painfully, many $4-$5k boats turn out to have values less than zero. This happens when a defect is identified that will cost more to repair than the boat will be worth, after repaired. Hull issues are one that can do this, followed by rigging, motors, sails, etc. I wonder if you could get a local professional to just come look at the suspect issue, if you're not up to the task.
Of course, it does not need to be perfect, just safe and not about to fall apart.
At a minimum, it's a waste of time to put more paint over top of that. You might as well just buy the new paint and pour it out. If you take that paint down to the hull, apply a proper barrier/primer and a few coats of bottom paint, it will last. On a 22ft boat, you could probably scrape or vacuum sand it yourself, but it will be a remarkable amount of work. You will accidentally get into the hull occasionally and need to repair that. Having a hull soda blasted is the best way to remove all product, but not damage the gelcoat. I doubt you'll want to spend the money on it.
Keep in mind, the cost of owning a boat is what will get your attention more than the cost of buying one.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.