Stripping your bottom paint
My 34 is a 1988 and I'm faced with the same dilemna. The only way in my mind where I can justify stripping down to the gelcoat is if I have areas that are already barren of paint or I am going to be putting in a thru hull. The years of paint although partially ineffective in warding off the "Greenies" growing are a nice buffer against floating objects impacting your hull.
I've hit a few things over the years and after examination have found gouges in the paint but not in the gelcoat. So I felt fortunate that the gelcoat was sound and I still had paint covering it to boot. May be a strange way to rationalize saving 4 or 5 grand but that 4-5 could go towards something really cool. Electric Windlass, New Anchor, Monitor windvane, solar, or a cruise on the caribean on a luxury liner ????
S/V Charity Rose
88' PSC 34