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Re: The Age of Fighting Sail----2013
Different brands of paint will be made up of different substances, some of which will stain and some of which won't. Generally, you'll find most of the paint is made up of fish oil, vitamin e, or coconut oil, combined with some substances to give it color and sometimes detergent. The biggest concern I'd have with the paint itself would be stained lines, but I wouldn't worry about fiberglass or wood as long as you spray it off soon after. Most paints will stain or leave a mark if they sit on a surface for an extended period of time, depending on color and condition of the surface. Also keep in mind that as paint sits outside, it becomes softer and less likely to break (we kept a car running during our tournaments and left the paint inside to keep it from going soft), which may cause damage to glass or other potentially fragile surfaces (although unlikely).
You should buy a few types, test them on different surfaces and see what stains and what doesn't. In my experience, tournament grade paint and really cheap crap is more likely to stain than mid-level stuff, for different reasons.
You also need to keep safety in mind and that everyone should be wearing a mask, no excuses and no exceptions. I've seen several people come close to losing both eyes on more than one occasion. Also take into consideration that paintballs only have a certain velocity and range, you'll have to be fairly close to one another to hit, especially with any kind of wind. Anything over 300fps is unsafe, I don't care what anyone tells you. You'd also need to find a place fairly secluded with enough space to maneuver and not worry about hitting other boats or objects.
Personally, it sounds fun, but I can see a lot of risks involved with people trying to operate a sailboat, avoid collisions, and still get close enough to hit each other with paintballs.