Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Prepping the boat yourself may save you money, but the yard may be concerned that if they spray a boat that you prepped and it looks mediocre, they'll get a reputation for mediocre work. They may not want to risk you advertising that! On top of that, dark colors tend to show imperfections more readily than light ones. Because of this, production boats are generally white because white shows imperfections less. Going from a white to a dark hull will likely require several extra coats to ensure thorough coloration - adding to the time invovled and therefore the expense. We had our boat repainted (Awlgrip) from dark to light, and the yard insisted on doing the prep work themselves. They were much more thorough than we would have been. It would have taken us about 8 to 10 weekends, -- more if the weather didn't cooperate-- and we'd have gotten tired of it long before the hull was half done. They charged several hundred dollars a foot, but it was worth it for us. Now, six years later, the hull still shines.