Re: Thinking of removing the bilge keels this winter
She looks exactly the same once she is in the water. I would vote for the plugs.
It looks like there is enough undercut to hold a D shaped plug at the edge the plank. You could tap in a round plug without damaging the adjacent plank and cut the edge flush with the plank along the seam for caulking. I would cut the plug across the grain and line up the grain with the plank. The caulking will help hold the plug in place. If you want to enlarge the hole to get more undercut and a cleaner surface to glue the plug, insert a temporary plug and drill a slightly larger hole that just kisses the plank above.
If the clipped rib wasn't broken by the extra load resulting from the bilge keels, the clip must not be much of a problem.
Not a recommendation so much as a passing thought: If you are trying to locate inside ballast in the area, you might consider a lead runner in place of the iroko. To keep the cg close to that of the bilge keels, two slabs of lead 5"x48"x2" would weigh 380lb. It might be better to bolt lead cheeks to the keel.
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