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The quality of the answers will be in direct proportion to the information you give us. You didn't give enough info for any meaningful response to be possible.
- How fast were you moving?
- Under sail or motor
- How violent did the grounding feel?
- have you dove on the damaged keel
to inspect? Pictures of the damage, or at least a better description?
Some general advice for after a grounding, not safety
advice for immediately after, but later when you are assessing the damage:
- check for damage to rigging
, if it was a violent grounding. In very severe grounding with sails
up, masts have come down in rare cases
- other damage may not be immwdiately obvious. Check for shifted engine/broken mounts, cracked bulkheads, etc which may indicate a problem requiring immediate attention.
- check attachment between hull
and keel, not just the direct damage to the keel itself (read: cheeky rafiki case for lessons)
- you may be obligated to inform your insurance
company or local authorities, depending on local laws and the terms of your insurance
In your case, making the assumption that you truly have no other damage and the 5x5 inch area of fiberglass
is the only damage and it is just roughed up, with no extensive cracks, it shouldn't be a major issue to wait a few months.
intrudes into the fiberglass, it will slowly require a larger area to be ground out during the repair. 3 months of water
intrusion shouldn't cause the damage to extend very much, but it will likely be a slightlt larger area than if it was pulled right now.
Do read above though about my general suggestions for looking for damage in less obvious areas. I assume you have sail drive units. The mounting of sail drives can easily look normal but be damaged. Inspect carefully.