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Hey There Catalina owners,

We bought our first sailboat last year a 1977 C30 and are loving every moment with her. The boat is coming out in the next few weeks for bottom paint and a few tweaks. Was considering freshening up the topsides as they look a little aged and show the efforts of a lifetime of missed attempts at smooth docking...or something.

I have seen a few Catalinas on various boat classifieds that are light blues and even green. Never yet have I seen a Navy Blue topside. Is changing the color on a Catalina something that could be seen as unquestionable? I just love the look of a dark blue with white trim boat. Would I be bringing her value down? or make her a beauty. I don't plan on selling her anytime soon. Just would like her to stand out and not look like I come at every dock at ramming speed....if you know what I mean.

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You can paint her any color you like, I've seen 19 ft cat boats that are all prettied up. I'm sure she would look gorgeous.

It will take much more than just painting. To go from white to dark blue will require that you insure there are absolutely zero defects in the smoothness of the topside. Dark colors show every imperfection. Of course, cause your own dock rash after you have her painted and it will be magnified compared to the ones you have now. Consider that when you decide on what product to use. Some are more repairable than others. The trade off is, the more repairable, the less durable and vice versa.

We too love a dark hull, but you have to go in with your eye's open to the above.

For product, we most recently used AlexSeal and are very happy with it. It's the newest product from the original inventor of AwlGrip. Its as durable as the most durable stuff out there, but they claim it lends itself to repair more than its competition. Not a do-it-yourself product, however, if that's your plan.


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Re: Topside Color

Dark for colder climes white for hot climes. A 20 degree F temperature difference on sunny days
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One of Frank Butler's old boats has a dark blue hull, but a dark blue deck would be uncomfortable hot.

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A 20 degree F temperature difference on sunny days

Thanks....I had not even considered that...... wow thats a big difference. All of our sailing is done in the gulf isle. Georgia Strt area.....kinda cool but warm days are common in the summer....
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One of Frank Butler's old boats has a dark blue hull, but a dark blue deck would be uncomfortable hot.
Think I would leave the decks the light color. Deck has that stock teal kind of highlight. Best left alone as they look clean I think rather than paint all of the boat.
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When my boat was white, in BC, the insides of lockers got a bit musty. With dark green the mustiness went away, and while frozen in ice at minus 12 degrees , with the sun on the hull, it felt warm to the touch.

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I think if you keep the decks a light colour, esp in summer with the sun higher the temperature difference due to hull colour will not be quite as noticeable as 20 deg.

We went from a medium gray deck to white and noticed a difference.. but most esp underfoot in the sun. The gray got too hot to walk barefoot.

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Re: Topside Color

Gray gets almost as hot as black, even the slightest hint of gray.
I once sailed south across the equator with light beige decks. Before sailing home, I painted them white, the difference was huge, like adding air conditioning. Beige doesn't get all that warm in BC summers , nothing like gray. But down there it sure did.

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