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Dark topsides colours

I have a 34'' sailboat that was painted dark blue. I presently have her moored in a slip that faces to the north. I have had her in this slip for almost two years. I noticed toward the end of last summer a lot of crazing on the port side. This would be the side of the boat that faces due west. There is no crazing on the starboard side (the side that faces east eternally). Since discovering the crazing I have covered the port side with tarps hung from the stantions and no new crazing is apparant. I contacted DIY and inquired into what was the probable cause of the crazing on the port side that continually faced toword the west. The consensus was this was caused by the dark blue paint to cause the hull to increase in temperature to a point it craeated a situation that the paint and gell coat crazed. As soon as I can I will paint the hull white. I hope this helps you. Peter
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