A move to the warmth of the painting shed and a good few more hours preparation masking and sealing seams below the waterline with Sikoflex flexible marine sealant.

Took much longer than expected to complete and my goodness this stuff is messy and can and did get everywhere! Good stuff this Sikaflex sealang and getting it off my hands – so far it has resisted white spirit, turpentine, soap, acetone, Cillit Bang. Hope it stays on the boat as strongly! A few days for sealant to cure then undercoat and paint lower hull section before varnishing can begin. Onwards and upward.