Re: Bit by bigger boat bug - strip the old boat or refit new one?
If money is tight, keep the gear you need and can use. On a 17' boat, the extra gear will add little or nothing to the price you'll get so you'll be "giving it away". I'd leave enough gear to make it functional and take anything else I could use on the new boat.
On the other hand, the pile of excess gear onboard swung the decision for me once on a purchase so......
I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.