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West Bay Boat Works located on West Bay in Traverse City, Michigan specializes in all boat repair and restoration including wood boats, personal watercraft, fiberglass repairs, rotted stringer core & transom repair and custom painting. We can design, loft, and build wooden hulls, from small pulling boats and dinghies to ocean going craft. A major part of our work is fine wood-crafted interiors for all sorts of boats, from live-aboard steel trawlers to sailing yachts. Pia (left) and Freedom (right) are two classic motorsailers currently being rebuilt in our shop.
Location: Juneau Alaska wood boat repair Hello my first time posting so direct me if Im not doing something right.
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA Others are better than I am for your type of boat - but they will probably ask for a few pictures of the boat and the damaged area you want to repair to help them give you accurate advice.
Location: Eustis, FL Without a much better description and photos of your boat, most of the replies are shear speculation. Location: Juneau Alaska here is a picture of the bow - I pulled the gelcoat off and sanded down paint not sure how to proceed. Location: Eustis, FL I highly doubt it was gel coat, as this wouldn't be put straight over wood, except by someone who didn't know what they're were doing.
If you're going to epoxy the boat, the minimum would be the whole exterior of the boat, not just the bottom.

Location: Tasmania,Australia That white stuff looks like it could be glass.
Even so, Pars advice sounds good for a sound hull, and if the bow is anything to go by, a good paint job should work ok. However, you may find that the reason it got fiberglassed in the first place is that some of the hull isnt that good.
In either case, an big hull cleanup, including removing the fasteners, would be the prudent way to start either process.
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I'm betting you have a polyester sheathed boat and it's doing what all do eventually, which is spit off their hard plastic coatings. Under the areas with surface defects, is there bare wood, raw wood or other wise un-coated wood? If this is the case, then grind it all off or forever be dealing with these types of of issues. With this boat's expected service, you'd be wise to also sheath it, for abrasion protection. If you saw a gap between it and the timber, then chances are it was fiberglass of some sort. If this is the case you have two choices, grind down until you're back to solidly attached sheathing, fill the area with fairing compound and paint or remove the sheathing a try again.

In other words, if you removed the paint directly under one of the bad spots on the deck (underside of the deck) would you see 'glass or wood?
You could use 16 or 24 grit and make very quick work of it's removal, but also very likely need to repair some damaged areas, from the aggressive grit. 36 to 40 grit would be reasonably fast, with less surface damage if you're careful with the sander.
A disk grinder is what I'd use, but this is a tool that can easily remove way more than you ever wanted in just a few seconds. It's a lot easier to repair and finish a wooden boat without these hard plastic coatings on it.
60 and 80 grit would do even less damage, but you might make a career out of removing the coating. The best bet, is to try a grit and if you seem like you're working too hard, go down to a coarser grit. Two rules with any sander and bulk removing stock: always keep moving and change the paper often. In fact, you'll do this each year and every 4 or 5 or so, a whole new paint job, because it'll look like hell and it'll be due.

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