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That is one gorgeous boat! How much sailing experience do you have? Do you know where you'd keep it? I'm not trying to question what you're doing, but since I want to do the same thing eventually, I need to know how people think about these things.
Used to refinish wood on boats for a while, and for any boat woodwork, I'd remove the varnish (a pain) and use a wood oil. I don't know if I'm allowed to mention the name of the product we used on this forum, but it was wonderful. Saved lots of labor and time, and if it started to get a little thin, you'd just rub a little on the offending place, wait half an hour and wipe off the excess and it's gorgeous again! It's also a green product, sustainable, and non-toxic! It's made from the brazilian rose wood nut. Suddenly, maintaining the wood on my clients' boats became a breeze. It would be one season of hassle, but then it would be done and gorgeous forever.
If you don't do it yourself, be careful hiring people to strip your varnish if they're using heat guns. Unless they love the wood, they'll scorch it.