Next, I needed to sand the hull to give it “tooth” for the paint. There is much mystery and magic associated with sanding, with “wet sanding” often mentioned in hushed and reverent tones. Following advice from my friend, Fred Scopinich, owner at Hampton Shipyard, a Long Island, New York, boatbuilder, paint and service yard and dealer, I sanded the hull dry, using 400-grit Velcro-backed paper in my random orbit (RO) sander. The RO sander hooks up to a Shop-Vac, sucking away most of the dust (though a respirator is still mandatory) and making the paper last longer as a bonus. It took me the better part of a day and 23 sanding discs to complete this part of the job. I also did some wet hand-sanding up against the rub rail and around the engine’s bracket.