RE: Getting rid of the wood
Hey, those Scotch-Brite pads work great.* I just started hitting the areas where the varnish is flaking off.* Sure, it doesn't look nearly as nice as a glass smooth, glossy finish, but it doesn't look all that bad either.
I did notice that much of the finish is still pristine in those places where it's always in the shadow cast by the 3 story boat docked in the next slip.