Another option might be to paint the boat yourself. I have painted two boats, prepping carefully and then applying two coats of Interlux Brightside enamel paint with roller and brush. Both turned out great, and looked good years later.When looking at professional repainting, also look at truck re-painters. I mean those guys that repaint semis. These guys paint ten times the amount of paint that any marine sprayer does at a small fraction of the price a marine shop does. Taking the mast off and trucking it to the semi sprayer can pay big time bucks even after the cost of trucking. Marine sprayers are no bargain and I might put them in the rip off category. The airplane guys feel the same pain.
There are several posts on this subject buried in this site. I have sprayed several boats up to 26'. the labor, materials and profit do not make up a small fraction of the marine sprayer's charge. We are captive therefore we are fleeced.
Removing all of the deck hardware is certainly time-consuming. We are in the first part of this process now. Amazing how many holes there are. And all will have be over-drilled and epoxy-filled and re-drilled. Please post up some pix when you can.Yes, I removed all hardware... I want to install new self-tailing winches and traveler so I removed all. Yes, I use fairing compounds to cover the 2 million holes big and smalls in front. Also, I found my Ericsson has a hollow front so I fill up with structural foam. then, I replaced all front hatch and windows (those plastic old ones look horrible!!). I'm in the process now to replace the rest of the windows for plexiglass, then, I gonna be ready to start the painting process. First, a couple of layers of primer (or until I use all I got it), wait period between primes, between 3/5 days. Then, anti-skid (2/3 days more) and final coat in between (another 2/3 days). Then, reinstall all hardware on deck and move at the interior (paint everything, including all wood) and start the wiring process. I think I'm about one month of finishing and move the sailboat to bottom paint.
It's a long and slow process but well... I think for July will be ready to use it or sell it...