It's not really that cut and dry.Fast...The J70 class rule allows for fixing shit. It allows you to replace broken stuff. If your keel gets pitted or gouged from use, repair it. The rule specifically allows for that.
Gelcoat scratches and minimal damaged areas and minor molding imperfections such as print-through may be sanded and repaired, provided the as-molded shape in not altered
Define "minimal(ly) damaged." Anything beyond minimal damage would have to meet the rules of Section E.
MODIFICATIONS, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
The following alterations may be made by a LM, or by anybody after a formal request has been made to the LM and written approval is received by the owner. This shall require the manufacturer’s declaration to be reissued.
(a) If any hull appendage is damaged and requires to be repaired in any other way than described in section C the details shall be recorded on the Manufacturer’s declaration.
Given the scope and spirit of the rest of the rules, I would be inclined to interpret "minimal damage" in the strictest possible sense. That is, if you scrape a rock and gouge the keel, you should take a picture of the damage, send it to a LM and request permission to repair. The repair would then be documented and noted on the new cert.
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