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new awlgrip for my old Alden, awlgrip color combinations that work questions?

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Amongst other things My Alden Caravelle is going in for an awlgrip treatment. ...started with doing the decks due to a small soft spot by the windlass and next thing you know we're painting the whole boat.

Torn on color choices. She has been a blueish white hull now or perhaps a light blue color. -not sure wer'e going back that way.

Any thoughts on color choices? I've had some thoughts of Flag Blue but not sure I want the dark hull. I've considered Stars and Stripes Blue which I think is great but have heard it is difficult to get it to come out right. ...thought of some shade of white but the choices are endless. I am sure certain colors work better together than others for decks and topsides. I may not be color blind but I think I'm color stupid!!!

Anyone care to share their experiences or opinions?
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How about gray?

I have now had two boats painted in whisper gray Awlgrip with dark blue trim (Aristo Blue?). It is a very classy looking combination and has drawn many complements. It is also very practical since scratches do not show and it is cool inside on hot, sunny days.

Whoever is doing your boat may have some around and you can put a smear on the hull to get an idea what it is like.

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I went with perfection Mauritius Blue, Mediterranean White for the boot stripe and deck, and Oyster for the non skid areas.

Dark blue hulls looks great on a boat with such classic lines. It is a PITA to get the hull straight enough for dark paint, and I don't think many boatyards care enough to get it perfect. I certainly would not want to pay for the amount of time that I spent on mine.


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I have now had two boats painted in whisper gray Awlgrip with dark blue trim (Aristo Blue?). It is a very classy looking combination and has drawn many complements. It is also very practical since scratches do not show and it is cool inside on hot, sunny days.

Whoever is doing your boat may have some around and you can put a smear on the hull to get an idea what it is like.
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I'm personally a fan of Flag Blue with white stripe and red bottom with white topsides. US27inKS' boat is that color or similar. It looks sharp on US27inKs' boat, it looks sharp on mine and your boat certainly has the lines to have it look terrific. I've heard it can make the boat warmer inside, but I have no empirical information to back this up.
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- that's the second suggestion for whisper gray I've recieved.

- agreed Dark Blue looks great. I'm not sure I'm ready to be that nervous docking a 20,000 lb dark blue hull however... The hull is extremely fair and doesn't look like it's changed shape at all in its (almost) 40 years.

I'm terribly undecided but need to make good decisions pretty quickly. Thanks for the suggestions.

Wife wants me to paint her "blue tone white" or maybe awlgrip/awlcraft "ice blue" which both kind of straddle to the old color ... I've only ever seen sportfisherman painted these colors so am having a hard time with the vision.
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- agreed Dark Blue looks great. I'm not sure I'm ready to be that nervous docking a 20,000 lb dark blue hull however... The hull is extremely fair and doesn't look like it's changed shape at all in its (almost) 40 years.
I will say that the paint has been much tougher than I thought it would be. We have those hard white plastic bumpers on the docks. I regularly run into the dock and I have figured out that I'm better off without the fenders. The dock wipes off the paint with "Goof Off" and going into my 4th season I still have no scratches. In fact if you look closely at the bottom picture you can see a couple of small white streaks just below the cove stripe at the widest point of the boat. Those are from the dock, and next time I washed the boat they were gone. I've even torn the bumper off the front of my slip and scraped the bow against the wood with no scratch. Perfection is really tough stuff and I know Awlgrip is just as tough. If you have a concrete dock, all bets are off though.


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Another vote for Whisper Gray.... light enough to be relatively low maintenance, different enough from White to be noticed. We used black trim and white decks/rig.. was a clean looking package.



My personal favourite, though, would be Forest Green with gold or white trim.

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What can I say other than I like my boat's new color. It's difficult to see but there is a pin stripe of orange between the blue and white.




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