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Don't let any BS you, lifting slings do not ordinarily claw off paint (excuse me, coatings) and that's without any padding being used. If the paint was cured (five years certianly is) and didn't have a radical adhesion problem, ordinary slings would not hurt it.
Those guys picked up a load of carp, probably barnacles and other growth, and they didn't bother cleaning it off before they picked up your boat. Odds are that if you can find the boat that was lifted just before yours--it had heavy bottom growth and the lift operators were simply sloppy.
Now, they owe you a complete paint job, because once paint (coatings! Awlgrip & Imron alike get upset at those of us who still all it paint) has weathered for five years in the sunlight, you'll never match the color up again unless a real maestro is blending it. Hell, even if you buy the paint from two different production runs, it won't match up "new" to "new" six months later.
Let them know they owe you a hull job, NOW, and that if it isn't offered promptly and voluntarily, they can pay court costs and consequential damages for the loss of use of the boat while it is out of service again to haul and repaint it. At a top-dollar yard where they know how to treat a boat.