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yellow bottom paint....:)

You know how websites pop-up ads from time to time? well, I just got one for VIVID yellow bottom paint, and it got me to thinking... (never a good thing)

How about painting a 6-8 foot smiley face on the bottom of your hull so when the sailing is fun, you see this big-A

Sorry, about that, I'll go away now.
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I guess a smiley face is better than a big red set of lips on a blue bottom

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You guys have got something there. In the 80's everyone racing wanted their own battle flag, or custom chute. So we grab some airbrush artists from a van shop, and start doing fantasy work on keels. WTF, why shouldn't it be pretty down there? WIth artwork that can only be seen when you're hard over alongside? (G)
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Re: yellow bottom paint....:)

Why not name your race boat "You Lose" - it can only be seen by people looking at your transom.

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Re: yellow bottom paint....:)

Very handy color choice in the event a a large multihull capsizes and wants to be spotted by SAR. Also a good choice if any boat owner wants an easy way to spot growth of barnacles and slime on her/his hull.
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Re: yellow bottom paint....:)

How about red bottom paint on the port side, and green on the starboard side. Might come in handy in the protest room.

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"red bottom paint on the port side,"
Ergh...So then, you would have to sail backwards any time you were "returning" in order to keep the colors on the right sides?
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In the 1980's I raced on a boat called "War Whoop" which had white bottom paint. Painted under water, there was an Indian with a tomahawk, which would appear like a native American 'Kilroy was here' when the boat heeled over. It was good for giggles and distracting the crew of the boat to windward.

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Ergh...So then, you would have to sail backwards any time you were "returning" in order to keep the colors on the right sides?
I was thinking of it as giant marker lights, if you see green you are looking at the starboard side, OTOH, I might be just as fast going backwards.

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Re: yellow bottom paint....:)

I've had Vivid blue on my bottom for the past 2 years, and today I ordered Vivid white for this year (from Jamestown). I wanted something different, and that contrasted with the prior coat so I could see the wear. We'll see if it has that unpainted look.

No plans for any fancy decorations, though. I vaguely remember seeing some pretty crazy striped designs in some Vivid promotional literature a couple years ago.

The choice of bottom paint varies with region, but Vivid has always gotten good marks in Practical Sailor's Florida saltwater tests, and it's done pretty well for me in fresh water. I mainly like it because it's a hard paint that wears more slowly (important to me because I dock in river currents and occasionally get some flotsam in my slip), yet it does not lose its effectiveness when stored on the hard over the winter.


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