Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
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CS, I sail a C22 and find that shiny on the smooth surfaces is not a problem from an eye-strain point of view. If I were to repaint the smooth sections of the deck, I would go with shiny. There's so little smooth gelcoat on deck that it wouldn't produce too much glare, in my opinion.
That said, I don't think it would detract from the appearance of the deck at all by making the smooth parts more of a satin finish. My boat is an '83 model and even when I wax and buff the smooth surfaces, the best I get is satin. I wouldn't go completely flat but anything north of that will probably look pretty good.
Look at other boats. The new ones are pretty shiny everywhere but the non-skid. I guess it just comes down to personal preference.
Sailing isn't a matter of life and death. It's much more important than that!