Restoring wooden keel on 24' Penn Yan Seabird
(Long Island )
I have recently acquired 24' Penn Yan Seabird which has a fiberglass hull and wooden keel.
I have spent some 40hrs restoring the topside, deck and varnish which has seem to have been worth the effort.
I only have a few more steps to complete before she can be launched.
Unfortunately they are all below the waterline, the two questions I was hoping to have answered are regarding the wooden keel:
1.) The last few pieces of wood that makeup the rudder have become separated and are in need of repair.
I was thinking that since the wood appears to be in fair condition that it would be possible to epoxy and fiberglass over the end to reinforce the rudder.
Good bad? terrible idea?
2.) I have scraped the hull and have exposed the bare wood of the keel.
I was wondering the proper procedure/process of preparing the bare wood for bottom paint and the best product/method I should use to fill the seams in the keel.
There are several between the planks and larger "holes" where the keel meets the rudder.
Thanks for the help.