The hull got a coat of primer and two coats of one part poly paint in Hatteras Off-White. We used TotalBoat Wet Edge brand paint from Jamestown Distributors, rolled it on with a foam roller and tipped it with a dry brush. The paint cured quickly but still required 3 days to allow cure time between coats.
The boat was flipped so that we could mask along the deck/hull split line and then did a final hand handing of the deck and coaming ring. We used a "fine line" tape to define the edge - much better than trying to get a sharp edge using blue tape.
Varnishing is always fun. The gloss makes the wood grain and color really pop!
This is what it looks like after the first coat of varnish using my cell phone for the picture. We were working with triple digit daytime temps so the oil based varnish dried much faster than normal allowing us to put the hatch cover back on for the picture.
Three coats of varnish on the deck are enough - it's a boat, not furniture! Love the way the off-white hull looks next to the strip deck. Still one more coat of paint to go on the coaming ring.
There's still stuff to do but we need to let the deck cure for several days before using masking tape during the U-bolt installation.