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Ah paint it orange. All boats should be orange
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The darker you go, the more it will show.

That's actually why a really dark hull that is in Bristol condition looks so beautiful. Perfection.

I think you can keep a painted hull looking good for longer than you estimate. My last paint job looked almost new after 6 years and was only repainted due to storm damage. It was cared for very well.

I have been told, although can't swear it is true, that the increased hull temp from the darker colors will further cure and shrink the glass, at least on newer boats. That can cause ribs to print through and become very noticeable, after you paint. I will bet, if that is true, it either only applies to lower end hulls or depends on internal rib structure in the first place, but who knows.

I am going to assume on an older boat, that is moot. However, I've never noticed printing on a white boat, while I'm sure its there. One would want to fair the hull very well before painting a dark color, in any case.
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Re: Blue topsides

I don't know about ribs "printing" on the hull due to the increased heat but the hull DOES get warmer inside than a white hull. That will have an effect on refrigeration. I love the look of a dark hull but they have their practical drawbacks!
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Re: Blue topsides

Gotta love the blue. I agree with all teh above comments about scars and touch ups, but, its worth it.


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The darker you go, the more it will show.

That's actually why a really dark hull that is in Bristol condition looks so beautiful. Perfection.

I think you can keep a painted hull looking good for longer than you estimate. My last paint job looked almost new after 6 years and was only repainted due to storm damage. It was cared for very well.

I have been told, although can't swear it is true, that the increased hull temp from the darker colors will further cure and shrink the glass, at least on newer boats. That can cause ribs to print through and become very noticeable, after you paint. I will bet, if that is true, it either only applies to lower end hulls or depends on internal rib structure in the first place, but who knows.

I am going to assume on an older boat, that is moot. However, I've never noticed printing on a white boat, while I'm sure its there. One would want to fair the hull very well before painting a dark color, in any case.
I think fabric "print through" would be more the problem than internal structure showing.

Who cares anyway, nothing shouts "Yacht" more than a dark blue hull with gold stripes. Every Hinckley I saw in the BVI was done that way - 'Nuff said.

One thing to consider - dark colours will "shorten" a boat visually. Lighter colours make it look bigger.

P.S. in this area I have yet to see a boat painted with 2-part (Imron, AwlGrip etc.) that needed refinishing - even after 10 years or more they still looked fabulous.
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Re: Blue topsides

This paint's at least 13 years old - Awlgrip Flag Blue.



I found that what look like scratches from docking are, in fact, deposits of white plastic from the fenders - and they come right off with Acetone.
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I found that what look like scratches from docking are, in fact, deposits of white plastic from the fenders - and they come right off with Acetone.
Highly recommend fleece fender covers. A company in Maine, named Maine Point, custom made mine for half of what the chandleries sell them for. Dozens of colors to choose from it seemed. Maybe you'll get another 13 yrs! That's awesome, looks great.

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Highly recommend fleece fender covers. A company in Maine, named Maine Point, custom made mine for half of what the chandleries sell them for. Dozens of colors to choose from it seemed. Maybe you'll get another 13 yrs! That's awesome, looks great.

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or a sports consignment store - buy some hockey socks!
You must have mighty big calves. My fenders are 12" in diameter.
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Re: Blue topsides

You're right, it might be tough to find. That's size "small" in Ontario. We don't stock those peewee sizes much.
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