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Hi folks,

I've noticed some builders put a stylized figure in the forward end of the line of paint on the hull just under the gunwale. For example, Hinckleys have a line of paint on each side of the hull, with a short break in the line near the bow, and then "wings" at the bow. Tartans have a little two-sided arrowhead after the break in the line of paint. C&Cs have two breaks in the line of paint and then a little plus sign.

(1) Does anybody know the name for this line of paint and the identifying figure when it comes to the bow?

(2) Is there a page that brings these together and shows the different designs for each boatbuilder to help identify the manufacturer or another boat on the water?

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Keith
 

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Don't know about the name, but there is a web site that shows the feature for many makers and chages for different years. Just don't recall how it is named do some web searching.
 

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I've heard this decorative line referred to as a "cove stripe". Morgan's have a distinctive "M" preceding the line at the bow. It is actually indented into the gelcoat so it must have been engraved in the mold.
 

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Neat site, Tim.

It's funny how so many boat manufacturers have a version of an arrow, like they have to remind you that "this is the part of the boat that goes forward."
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Nah - They're tyring to make the boat feel more "zoomy."

Neat site, Tim.

It's funny how so many boat manufacturers have a version of an arrow, like they have to remind you that "this is the part of the boat that goes forward."
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Yes, "cove stripe." Some of the stylized symbols often seeing at the bow or stern are referred to as "scroll." But not all the symbols you see would be called "scroll", just those similar to what Flybyknight shows above. Others would simply be a trademark logo, I think.

Incidentally, those "wings" on the Hinckleys are called "talaria" -- the winged sandals of Hermes.
 
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