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Hull and Deck colors...
Dark hulls are indeed stunning. But from experience I will tell you that my last dark hulled boat was the LAST one. Unless you sail at the artic circle, dark hulled boats are an OVEN in comparison to a light hulled boat. There are other problems especially when changing from a light color to dark color: Polyester cures for an long exponential time - meaning that most hulls continue to cure over their life time. If the matting layer is not sufficiently thick enough to protect the underlayment of roving etc. the constant thermal stress can cause the roving to ''to print through'' due to the extreme thermal stress occuring as the surface continually ''works'' each time the sun hits it. Sooooo If you like HOT boats, or if you have an older hull with a thin matt layer and like the way it eventuallly turns in a knobbly, wavy ''pimple ball'' .... leave the color alone. Walk through any boat yard and look at any older boat with a dark hull.... look along the hull with low incident light.... see the print through, see the effects of thermal stress (waves, bumps, in the surface). Got the tee shirt, ..... its dark and ''pimpled''.
But they DO look good because of the visual contrast, at least for the first few years. ;-)