Jumping in late on this thread. I literally have read every post twice and am fascinated by how beautifully the boat and trailer turned out, Shep. Thanks for sharing your experiences and thanks to all the TT faithful who also shared ideas and comments.
I just bought a 2004 X-10 which is in great condition overall. However, it is losing a number of decals, especially over the transom.
This is a tiny job compared to what you've described here. However, I've wondered what it would take to remove the rest of the decals, sand/buff to restore the finish and then apply new decals. Your experiences here (and the knowledge of the forum) makes this a much less daunting task.
Thanks for sharing all of this. I'll do the same when I get to my tiny project.