Not daft, just demonstrating a lack of familiarity with the boat.
As you've discovered the bulk of the keel is completely hidden below not just the the cabin sole moulding but by the hull moulding as well, which in that area is filled with concrete and scrap iron.
You can reach the forward pivot bolt via a hatch in the sole. At the aft end the pointed tip of the L-shaped keel plate does reach up to the cabin threshold but inside the casing that supports the threshold. The small hole there doesn't give you any access to the bulk of the keel plate.
If you're an inland sailor problems with the keel are vary rare. Boats in coastal waters do sometimes find barnacles and other growth can cause the keel to get stuck within the slot and freeing the keel can then take a bit of shifting.