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Jonny, using a chemical stripper is so much faster than sanding. You can buy the "marine brand" stuff at $30/gallon or go to KMart and get the same stuff in a different labeled can for much less. You want the stuff that''s jelly-like.
Let it sit for a few minutes and use a plastic scraper to whisk off layers of paint. Because you have so many years of accumulated paint, expect to repeat this process.
Oh, also, lay down a lot of newspaper OR carry a board in your other hand, like a painter''s palette, to deposit the scrapings.
80/20 rule, eh? I subscribe to the Prado (sp?) Principle, too. I think you''re right.
If you''re in the SF area, contact the Berkeley Marine center. Ask ''em how much to spray your bottom, if you do the prepping. About a year ago, they only charged my buddy $150 + cost of paint to shoot his 25'' bottom. You don''t find that many good deals in the marine world, unless you''re shopping at Sailnet! (shameless plug for our host)