It's old cheap
boats wouldn't stress it too much unless you want to drop a lot of money
on a racing
bottom. Jeff is honest, and Seabrook does fair work, the major issue I have had with them is a few of the yard guys have done some seriously stupid things in the past, but the yard has always made it right.
Personally I wouldn't bother trying to dry out the hull
in New Orleans
summers. If you really want to do it then do a quick bottom job now and pull and strip it in the winter. Trying to dry out anything in 90% humidity and daily rain is just an exercise in futility.
For now I would follow Jeff's advice. Grind, fill, fair, and paint, and for the price
quoted I wouldn't even think of doing it myself. It's hard, hot, and brutal work this time of year. Plus where they are in the industrial canal gets zero breeze making it even worse.