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Here's what I'd do:
Sand off all the orange peel first, using a heavier grit, somewhere between 100 -180, then sand smooth with 220.
Then prime it with a good marine primer, then sand with 220.
Find the tightest, super finest, smallest diameter roller you can get. I used one designed for applying glue when installing laminate.
You may need to do a couple of coats, but I would use the paint without thinning and apply going from front to back, not top to bottom. Start at the stern, roll out a section about two feet wide, immediately attempt the tipping procedure, lightly dragging the mostly dry brush using only the bristles on the very tip. And then roll another 2 foot section, but be sure to over lap the first section by about six inches.
If the tipping ain't cutting it, try rolling a small section again, and carefully and SLOWLY, re-roll with another pretty dry roller. The slower the better, so no bubbles are created. I spent three days trying to master the tipping thing, and gave up. But I hope it works for you. Try practicing on a piece of glass, or an old mirror.
Again, to avoid orange peel; sand, prime, sand, finer roller, small sections, work fast, but roll slow.