I'm glad I found this link. We just purchased (yesterday) a 1980 ericson 38' that hasn't been out of the water, or possibly the slip, for about eleven years; with the exception of the haul out for survey. I'm very new to all this, only just learned how to sail, and decided I want to spend time on the water. The bottom needs repairs AND buffing, and the deck needs buffing really bad (I guess); it's all powdery, so I guess it needs the rubbing compound. I'll go through your list, purchase the tools and materials, and start on the deck this weekend to see how it goes. Where would be the best place to purchase the buffer, pads, and compounds? Would Home Depot carry that stuff, or do I need to find a Marine Supply store, or do I need to mail order it?
Any additional information or direction would be much appreciated. I'll be sure to take before and after pics and post them on this link whenever I get done. It may take all summer though
, as I'm also rebuilding my house, yikes!