Dark colours are not a good idea for wooden boats in Northland. It attracts the heat and this is the result if the boat is laid up outside for any period of time. White is a much better colour.
Thumbs up to a good sanding job. I then filled up as many cracks in the plywood that I could see, then sanded again. The bottom of the hull is now ready for the first coat of undercoat paint.
I didn't machine sand the deck and cockpit. The varnish on the decks was in reasonably good condition so I just gave it a good sand by hand. The blue paint in the cockpit will be changed to a soft grey.
This is the first of a number of undercoats the hull will need. The paint shows up cracks in the plywood that I have missed, so I will fill, sand lightly and repaint a couple more times until there is a nice smooth undercoated surface.
The first uncoat is completed, but there is much more work to do. The final finishing coat will be white or 'Polar White' as it says on the can of paint. Polar White with varnished decks - If my memory serves me well that was the paint scheme of this little ships namesake - the original gallant little 'Cygnet'. All this restoration is going smoothly at this stage and is a real pleasure to be involved in - where to next? - I'll keep you posted. :-)