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Petit Vivid bottom paint removal. Suggestions?


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I am considering purchase of a 700 series boat that was moored/docked for 2-3 seasons and had Petit Vivid ablative antifouling applied.  The boat has been out of the water on the trailer for the last 3 years.  The hull and keel seem fair with no signs of cracks in the hull or at the keel joint.  I’m interested in a boat for both day sailing and racing on the Chesapeake Bay…maybe some travel to races on the easy coast.  

I would ideally like to have the paint stripped and refinish/polish suitable for dry sailing from the hoist.

Questions…Is this as big a deal as I think or should I just fair with sandpaper?  (My background is dinghy sailing…so the bottom is always clean). Recommendations for how to strip the antifouling?  Estimates for cost to strip and refinish?  (I’m having a tough time getting quotes from any of the yards/marinas). Any recommendation for a yard in the mid-Atlantic area?  

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