I own a west river 18 that I built and use for racing purposes (it performs exceptionally well) and have developed a 'ding' at the keel near the stern from putting in and pulling out of the river at boat ramps, etc. I have the gear to repair the keel but I have some questions and have been unable to find anything relevant to hull repair (aside from using the epoxy).
1) I originally painted the boat white (I was not looking for aesthetics as much as for protection of the boat itself). Do I need to remove all of the paint around the area of the repair to perform the repair? I plan on painting it back to white after I complete the repair.
2) The ding involves some missing fiber glass? I am planning on putting new strips down on significant portions of the keel for more protection where I have seen abrasion from sand, rocks and shoreline. How wide should I sand the paint off to put an effective strip down?
3) Anything else?
Thanks for any info,