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Painting the deck a color other than white or a very light off-white is usually a serious mistake. The deck will heat up a lot due to the sunlight hitting it. On some boats, using a darker color paint will cause the fiberglass cloth to "print through" because the resin will cure more as it heats due to the sunlight.
As for the Atomic 4. There are plenty of boats out there with gasoline engines... the main issues with the Atomic 4 are: 1) Gasoline is a bit more dangerous and volatile than diesel as fuels go. 2) Diesel engines tend to be quite a bit more fuel efficient.
If the boat is properly setup, with a bilge blower and the engine well maintained, then the danger of gasoline as a fuel really isn't much of an issue. The Atomic 4 will require more fuel to get the boat the same distance as a similarly sized diesel, but the diesel would be noisier.
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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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