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I did that work for years, and in that area. I grew up in Danvers and Salem and Beverly and also lived in Lynn, Winthrop and East Boston, always on the water and always doing boat work. The soda blasting works good, but all boatyards require adequate tarping, ground cloths, and hazardous waste removal - which sometime is no more than sweeping it up and putting it in a dumpster, but more and more becomes putting the waste in a sealed drum and paying for disposal.
From your point of view, all the work you'll have left is writing a nice, big, fat, check that might cause your hand to tremble.
The next system is chemical stripping. This works excellent, as long as you use the right stripper - that 'soy' product works great - I think it's actually called 'Soystrip', but it still requires multiple applications and lots of arm work.
An old favorite method of mine is to gather four good friends, five good scrapers with plenty of extra blades, plenty of hamburgers, hotdogs, soft drinks and beer, and put 4 $100 bills in your pocket. Depending on the paint, the boat will be done in one day, and your friends will appreciate the food, beer and C-note. An old hard paint scrapes off pretty good, a fairly fresh ablative doesn't. All you'll have left is a little touch up and sanding to prep the surface for the barrier coat.
I have done many, many, many (sometimes I have nightmares and wake up orbiting an imaginary sander over my head) and the only easy way is to pay someone else to do it.