14 February 2017: Well mates, spent the last few days applying epoxy down the keel seam (between the keel and the hull). Looks pretty good.
Today I went ahead and brought up my sanders to the hull and fared down the port side. It seems to have really worked out and I believe will do the trick come time to apply the cloth.
On an exciting note, I have ordered both the cloth and Epoxy to sheet the hull. The Epoxy should be here on Friday. All we need now is a few days of warm weather and a few good hands to help so we can sheet this hull!