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An eccentric sander that can be held in one hand. We used two Dewalt "DW" series. We have rebuilt them a couple times. They have a dust collector attached. The Festools look like they all have an attachment for a hose to a vacuum. This may be difficult to have to drag an extra hose around and the attached vacuum. You will be sanding one handed overhead and inside the hull.
A large belt sander. We used a Milwaukee 3" X 24" belt with an aggressive grit. This was good for shaping rudders and other parts. It was heavy but invaluable..
If you have a compressor, a dual action sander can remove material quickly.
A floor model belt and disc sander is used a lot.
Buy them as needed.
I can't tell you anything about Festool sanders. They are so much more expensive than the common US brands that I never considered them, but I have and use the following on my T38:
6" 90 degree drive RO sander
5" RO sander
1/4 sheet finish sander (mostly for prepping surfaces and between coats for paint)
Bosch belt sander (I think it's 3x24"). The body is the same size as the belt and it's very useful for smaller spaces
I aslo regularly used small tubular sanding drums and small flap discs for getting filets and small spaces as well as circular grit-impreganted wheels, like a wire wheel in form, for uneven surfaces and little areas. The latter weren't so much for serious sanding as for putting a 'tooth' on a surface for re-coating or painting. I found them invaluable.
The Festools must be impressive machines!
Table saw, band saw, jig saw, hand circular saw, and a psychiatrist!