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Hi all,

Just curious why the vast majority of sailboats are white. I can see that in hot climes that would be a good thing compared to a black one for instance - but what about the people in cold climes? Where are say some nice pale yellow or blue or orange or red boats? Rarely do you see any boats with color on them. The nicest boat I have ever seen on the water was a beautiful black 50 foot sailboat down in NZ. I have never seen - in person - a black boat since. Is it expensive to make fiberglass in any color other than white? Is it that colors then show dings from docking mistakes so people avoid them on that front? Heck, I don't even see an option to get colors other than white at most manufacturers' websites.

What gives? Why can't I have a nice pale yellow boat!? ;)

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My own boat is Red hull/white deck. I think it pretty much is a cost thing in modern production boats. Although there might be a consideration for heat absorption into the fibreglass as well. White will better reflect U.V and heat so maybe better for the 'glass'.
At my Marina there is a Tartan with a black hull.

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US27inKS, that yellow one in the background looks smokin! Very nice.

I only brought up the thread as it seems, very unscientifically taht about 17/20 boats are pretty much all white (I am excluding a red stripe for instance). Definitely not many like that cool looking yellow one around. I am just curious if, as mentioned, its for a performance reason like durability of the glass as mentioned for instance.
 

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I put it down to the charter companies, who are the major buyers, ordering white and any other colour costing extra. The rescue services have often appealed for yellow or red as it stands out better in a storm.
 

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Yup, I am learning that charter companies are to blame for a lot of 'problems' that I would have with a potential boat! No snazzy colors, fat and bloated etc etc ;)
 

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white is also easier to clean, and keep cleaner.
White shows less hull imperfections, in white its esaier to remove scratches, than in colours, white attracts less heat, a boat shows its true lines in white, white is cheaper, from white you can almost go any colour

Even SD's boat would look good in dark blue
 

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I would suggest that "white" is the traditional color of a "modern" sailing vessel (1920-the present). It's a relatively recent phenomenon that boats are being "painted in the new pastel colors. Of course, prior to that, "wood" was the color of a boat. Something in a shade of "log" would be nice. Or perhaps a "Birch-Bark" hue.
 

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Oooh, nice colors. Federal yellow or International orange (but think you need those only on a fast boat! hehe). On my color calibrated monitor, assuming the color palette is remotely on, I think the orange actually! I'll worry about practicality later. Sea foam ain't bad either.
 

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Darker colors are much more difficult to maintain. The least bit of chalkiness shoes easily. Any runoff from the deck shows easily, scratches show very easily.
And the heat issue is real. Most northerners only boat in the summer, it's hot in the summer.
 

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My Awlgripped Majestic Blue hull looked very pretty but in the tropics you could not place your hand on the hull in the sun it got so hot. At least a 50 degree difference between it and white. Also EVERYTHING showed up on the hull as Giu says...constant battle to keep looking clean.
Would I do it again? Of course!!
 

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Also, many of the custom built epoxy-resin boats have to be painted light colors, so the laminate doesn't heat up and deform. :)

Some of the pastels make the boat look old or aged... At the Annapolis boat show, one company had a off-white gelcoat color that just made me think the boats had yellowed... and that's generally not a great way to go as a marketing gimmick.
 

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Heat absorption is a big issue.

Oxidation of the color over time is an issue, also. Though the Awlgrip colorfastness (is that a word?) seems to outlast gelcoat under the sun & weather. With a dark color every little nick and scratch is an eye-catcher.

As Nat Herreschoff, the Wizard of Bristol, said: "There's only two colors to paint a sailboat: black and white. And only a fool would paint a boat black."
 

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Also they ran out of the Hot Passionate Pink paint... :D
 

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One thing to consider... some colors are far less visible, especially at night or in heavy weather.... Picking a dark blue or green is nice and all, until you realize that your nav lights have given up the ghost and you're basically invisible to the nearby freighter... Also, if you have to declare a mayday... a dark blue or green boat isn't going to be as easy to spot as an orange or red boat.

Then there is the old superstition that boats should not be painted in "marine" colors, so that the sea gods wouldn't mistakenly mistake them as their own, and sink them. :)
 

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One snag is that white is not always the same white. I am having a devil of a job trying to match the particular white of my boat, it is slightly on the cream side of the polar whites.
 

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Dog's is one reason I didn't want to paint my bottom black. If the worst was to happen, and she turtled, a black bottom would be almost impossible to spot. However, they had black in stock. :)

Maybe next season when she's hauled out, I'll paint the keel orange. It is the fastest color btw.
 
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