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best colours to paint boat

my father has a 73 c&c 35 mk1 which he has been refreshing for the last 2 1/5 years.
the engine/interior/electrical/rigging/sails/nav equipment/canvas have all been replaced and now its time for paint.
next week the boat is going in for a new deck job and hull awlgripping.
the deck is going to change from the nasty cream colour it is now to white.
the hull is now the factory red.
he's on the fence on which combination of hull/covestripe colours he wants to paint her.
he hates the red,likes white due to easy maintenance but isnt set on anything.
what hull/cove stripe combo do you think looks best for this boat?
i like dark green with a dark gold cove.
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For resale - white and blue are best. Dark colors are hotter in the sun. As you can see by my picture - I don't follow the trends - this is my forth tan boat - doesn't show dirt or mustache stains.
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I personally love cream with olive accents, but that may not work with the white deck.
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I'd go for something like fluorescent pink & yellow...no matter how sloshed you return to the marina you're gonna find your boat!
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I'd go for something like fluorescent pink & yellow...no matter how sloshed you return to the marina you're gonna find your boat!
And if you paint your dingy to match, no one will steal it!
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You might specify what color canvas and bottom paint is in use...that's where to start.

On the C&C the cove stripe should be the gold foil, I think you might be meaning to ask about the boottop color...

FWIW, I painted my last C&C candy apple red, with a white double boot and bottom, gold cove stripe and navy canvas. I loved the combination (20 years later it still looks good...) but my current boatot is painted white and I think that is the way to go...as it is mcuh more forgiving to wera-and-tear without looking tired and showing its age...
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I like a dark navy...(majestic blue awlgrip) but it is hot in southern climates...up your way that may be a real plus! Check out Halekai36's Stars & Stripes blue as that is an awfully pretty combo to my eye.
Actual Awlgripping costs
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White decks are hard on the eyes in the tropics. Lots of glare and reflection.
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Bright white decks can be nasty in full sun--even up north.

One thing to bear in mind is that paint is paint, no matter what they call it these days. If you paint the hull a nice new color, and one fender rubs a bit and chafes the paint? You're going to see the old color exposed through it. So repainting the original color is one good way to minimize that problem, but whatever you paint, make sure it has enough coats, enough build, to last, and to hide the original color.
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As for hull colors, all of the mfgrs tell you that rolling and tipping a dark color is difficult, if not impossible. I had ideas of redoing my old Morgan with a very dark green hull and gold trim until I did a little research. I came to the conclusion I'm stuck with some variation of white if I want to roll and tip.

Deck colors: stick to light colors. White is okay if you're trying to keep the temp in the cabin and on deck down, but make sure you wear sunglasses most of the time during the day because you can hurt your eyes just like with snow-blindness. Whatever color you use, try and keep it fairly light though. I've tried light blue, light green and light gray, and they all turn into frying pans on a bright, hot day.
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