Just a quick update...
Owing to complications at work (early retirement on ill health grounds was offered and accepted) the paint job wasn't able to be done there.
However, my adopted daughter's partner is car sprayer by trade, and as a side interest he sprays those beautiful air brush jobs on custom cars and street rods, etc, so he was volunteered into spraying the Dragonfish. It went off last Sunday afternoon and should be back by this weekend.
He's going to flat it down, prime and prepare it, and then spray it satin black above the waterline and red primer below water, then pick out the deck details in white or silver, whichever is applicable. Then he'll apply a couple of coats of satin varnish over the whole boat.
Pics as soon as it comes back.
I've also come up with a ships crest for the Dragonfish, this is being made into a vinyl sticker and will be applied to the boat stand for when she's on public display duty.