The deck and the topsides were dark blue... and Chuck was carrying a full cooler of stuff... I bet if we had sprayed the deck down with cold water, you'd be able to see his foot prints...
I don't like dark colors for composite boats for two reasons...
One) if the deck heats up, composites can soften...this is particularly true for epoxy-based boats, rather less for vinylester and polyester resins. Epoxy tends to soften more than the other two resins under high temps.
Two) the other problem is that you can get fabric print-thru on dark colored boats. The reason this happens is that the resin in the hull or deck cures even more, due to the higher temps... and then you get the fabric showing thru the resin as a result.
IIRC, the deck on this boat had been re-cored and I believe they used epxoy resin over the foam coring material. Don't know what foam they used.
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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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