Another thing to fix before doing the hull paint is the pretty crack between the hull and the deck. My temptation is to grind it out a bit and fill it with thickened epoxy, mainly so it can be painted successfully. I don't think any of the sealants that might be tempting to use will hold paint. Please let me know any experience in this area. I really don't want my pretty new red paint to have some ugly cracks going through it. I have this crack everywhere the hull seam is exposed.