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I'm looking at a 23' Hunter for inland lake use and just talked to the broker. He said that the previous owner had attempted some gelcoat repairs on the sides of the boat and since the colors didn't match, he had the hull painted with a two part urethane paint.

Reportedly looks just wonderful (of course), but this is now a red flag to me. I know two part urethanes are tough and as a pilot, I'm used to them for aircraft, but I've never heard of doing this on a boat. Is this something to make a big deal about?
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Painted boats can look great. However, they will need to be repainted at some point. Price should reflect this.

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Yeah, how often it needs repainted is directly dependent on how well the boat was primed/prepped... My Capri 25 had an awlgrip job done almost 20 years prior to my purchase... I bought the boat not even realizing it was painted... upon further inspection it was starting to peel in places very lightly (original hull was baby blue, paint was white)..

Anyway my point is, a painted boat can look quite good, and the paint will hold up as well as the prep work.

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Re: H23 Painted Hull

We're dumb enough to like dark colors and Awlgrip. It looks great, but the reason I say dumb is that the cost of repainting can be substantial. Additionally, if you hit something, it's relatively unforgiving (it doesn't hide scratches).

Good advice above, preparation is key. A nice dark color will show hull imperfections much more than white gel coat. I'd rather have white gel coat than a fun house mirror dark finish. And it's my understanding that Awlgrip was originally developed for aircraft, and is quite tough.

But after a few years in the sun, it needs to be repainted, and most boats aren't in hangars. Around here where boats are in the water 6 months or so, repainting every 7-8-9 years is common to keep a good finish. Further south, longer season, I suspect even less but do not have direct experience. Some who have taken dark hulled boats south complain about them being hotter inside.

That said, it really looks great when done right. I'd want to know who did it, what product they used, and then I'd take a close look before considering a boat like this. It's been our experience that the skill level of the painter makes a huge difference in the result. If cost matters more than beautiful topsides, buy a white gel coated boat and wax/buff it regularly. If you can stomach repainting every once and a while, an Awlgripped boat looks wonderful IMHO.
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So gel coat lasts so well and is easy to repair? And then the waxing....Dale

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Ok I'm going to reveal my poor paintjob now.... before


After (10 foot paintjob, meaning looks great at 10 feet).


What it REALLY looks like up close:
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