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Question Light gray hull - any pics out there?

We are in the process of buying a Bristol 38.8 and getting a hull repaint is part of the deal. We really like the traditional dark blues but we plan to spend time in the tropics so that might not be a great idea. We don't really want to go white so we were thinking of a light silver gray but it is hard to visualize and risks looking like a dirty white boat.....

Has anyone gone this way? Are there pics? Other ideas?

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Re: Light gray hull - any pics out there?

Your boat wants a dark hull. You are right, a light grey hull just looks dirty, and additionally gets lost in fog. Lots of boats in the tropics with blue hulls.
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Re: Light gray hull - any pics out there?

Check out Ericson boats. Most came from the factory with light gray gelcoat.
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Re: Light gray hull - any pics out there?

I had a Bristol 32 that I Awlgripped the traditional dark blue. Spent 2 years in the Caribbean and never noticed that it was any hotter below deck than other boats. Besidies me there where a lot of other dark hull boats down there.

So if you love the color - go for it.
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Re: Light gray hull - any pics out there?

I replaced the Awlgrip Flag Blue on a 50' Passport with Awlgrip Whisper Grey - white boot top and black bottom paint. She looked terrific. I did so as the dark top side colors, especially blues, reds, greens break down or degrade in the sunlight of the tropics and are also heat attracting, drawing heat into the boat. The "degrading" is from an Awlgrip engineer with whom I had a long telephone conversation; the "heat attraction" is from personal experience living aboard in the Caribbean in the '70s on a blue hulled ketch.

If you would like a picture of the whisper grey boat (which used to be my signature, send me a PM with your email and I'll attach it.)

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Re: Light gray hull - any pics out there?

I would go with white if you plan on spending time in the tropics. It's amazing how even light colours can heat up under a tropical sun. When I redid my (previously white) non-skid I decided to use a very pale "sand" colour to offset the non-skid from the white deck. Even this very light, almost off-white colour heats up underfoot to the point it burns bare feet under the midday sun. The white surfaces remain cool. I couldn't imagine a dark blue hull for the tropics, no matter how nice it looks. When the sun angle goes down it's going to heat up. Just my 2 cents ...
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Light gray hull - any pics out there?

Jim, I'm not allowed to PM yet (not enough posts). Can you PM me with a contact?

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Re: Light gray hull - any pics out there?

Here's our last boat in Whisper Grey AwlGrip, black striping and white decks. We 'reversed' things from grey decks and white hull, huge improvement in under-foot-comfort, and we hid the hull windows in the stripe.

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Re: Light gray hull - any pics out there?

I boats that is notably grey on her topsides will look military, IMHO.

Blue topsides and grey bottom, now we're talking!

If you are really concerned about the tropics, I would stick with white and jazz up with more pronounced or intricate striping, if you need to individualize.
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Re: Light gray hull - any pics out there?

I seriously contemplated painting my boat and loved the dark blue. Word of warning: The darker the color, the more imperfections stand out.

After looking around for ideas, I found a nice light blue sailboat with gold stripes. It looked as good as any navy. So if you are afraid of the dark colors but want something other than white, light blue might be an option.

I ended up just using some elbow grease and waxed out a shine on my gelcoat.
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