We soda blast and Farrow System blast a lot of boats and we work with some of the best marinas
between New York
City and Baltimore
Peeling a boats Gel Coat is a last resort and should only be done if the boats bottom is covered with blisters or has a huge blistering problem from being left in the water
for a few years at a time like the boats we see that come up from warm climates like those from the Gulf or from Florida
If you're going to leave your boat in the water
for 2 or 3 years at a time then there's a good chance you're going to have blisters... The longer the period of time the boats in the water the greater the likelihood that you're going to have more and larger blisters.
Truth is it's best to only keep your boat in the water 9 months out of the year and the other 3 mounts on the hard so you boats hull can dry.
If you have only a hand full of blisters and that what 99.9% of the boats have... then remove the paint by either hand sanding
or find someone who does quality media blasting like soda blasting or Farrow System blasting.
Then fair out the blisters and fill the blisters with a quality marine epoxy
, followed by a good barrier coat and then by a quality ablative.
Peeling a boats bottom is a last resort and will devalue your boat by 50% or more when it comes time to sell it.