The original keel has now been removed, and the bottom of the hull is being prepared for installation of a new keel. The old keel was made of fir in mostly one piece; the new keel will be made of laminated mahogany.
Here’s a photo of the old keel after it was removed on March 14th. The removal process went very smoothly and was easier than expected.
The boat yard received four large pieces of mahogany, each approximately 4” x 10” and about 14 feet long, from which to fabricate the new keel.