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An easy way to get the boat off the trailer is to use the trailer as a "see-saw". First lower the trailer tongue as much as possible and block the stern, then raise the tongue as much as possible to raise the bow up and then block the bow. Should work fairly well for a boat as small as yours.
You want the whole area to be painted to be uniformly dull. If there are any shiny spots, you've missed something. The hull has to be sanded for the paint to adhere well to it.
Wash the hull really well before sanding, as you don't want any oils, grease, waxes or other contaminants on the hull when you sand it. Sanding it without thoroughly cleaning the hull will embed those contaminants in the fiberglass and may interfere with the paint sticking.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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