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Doesn't sound to me like going all the way back down to the fiberglass on deck is going to do much for this boat. When I prepped our original gelcoat deck for painting, the required sanding removed essentially all of the nonskid pattern in the decks. This is likely what happened on the Seabreeze as well. Removing the existing paint will likely remove whatever remaining nonskid pattern there might be left. It may also have been painted over in the first place because the nonskid was wearing out. (It's 40 years old!) 2-part polyurethanes (e.g.: awlgrip) are really hard, and will take a lot of sanding to get to the fiberglass as well - perhaps about a week. Chemical stripper may not work. I don't know. You do have to go down to bare fiberglass if you want to glue new tread down to the deck or use a mold with new resin; they won't stick otherwise. Both those options are quite expensive. They'd likely cost more than the boat was worth. If you repaint, you don't have to go down to the fiberglass - only enough to get some "tooth" in the surface so the new layer holds well. I did our decks with Interthane Plus and the proprietary nonskid particles (also mentioned in the link by sailingfool) and have been pleased with how easy it is to keep clean. In a do-over, I'd add even more nonskid to the mix than I did originally. One of the reasons sanded decks look dirty is that the paint has worn off, and you're seeing the sand itself. The new particles aren't sand, and blend in better with the paint color. Materials cost about $300 for a 36' boat, a lot beamier than your Seabreeze. For the $10-15 K suggested by Sailingfool, you can buy a lot of boatsoap.