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Old 04-05-2017, 05:34 PM   #1
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Boat color

I'm thinking of changing the color of my hull to dark blue so as to make her look more Trawler-esque. I would love your inputs.
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:40 PM   #2
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Good! Your boat will follow the tradition of Holland America cruise ships as well as most all commercial ships. Have a dark hull (green) myself, and love it. Easier to be seen in foggy weather, and not looking like 90 percent of all other recreational boats.

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Old 04-05-2017, 05:56 PM   #3
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Color makes no difference in character.....only in personal likes.

Some vessels prefer darker colors to hide the rust and dirt.
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Some vessels prefer darker colors to hide the rust and dirt.
See nothing wrong in that.
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Old 04-05-2017, 06:19 PM   #5
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A serious ship:



Unlike most cruise ships and toy boats.
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Old 04-05-2017, 06:24 PM   #6
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Mark....less serious than this one.....
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We're thinking of going to the darker side, too. :-)

Our issue is that the main cabin on our Cheoy Lee 46 looks tall. So we want to employ color psychology by painting the hull a more deeply saturated color. Darker looks bigger when placed adjacent to lighter colors. And by keeping the cabin Grand Banks Beige the effect would be the boat appears less top heavy.

Right now the hull color is Hatteras Off-White, which actually lighter in color than the main cabin, resulting in the opposite effect we want. I prefer dark green or blue, but my wife (who originally wanted a red/burgundy hull) and I have compromised on a blue we both like:
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I'm not a fan of that scheme.

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Red is better than white!
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Old 04-05-2017, 06:37 PM   #11
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I can see why most boaters choose a white hull, because that's what is mostly available. Wonder if many boaters would have dark hulls if they had a no-cost choice.
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Old 04-05-2017, 06:41 PM   #13
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Biggest mistake I ever made ... !

I painted my former sailboat blue for the very reasons being mentioned here. The hull was always hot in the summertime and every scratch, bruise, scuff and ding showed right through the paint.

I would advise against it ... FB
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Old 04-05-2017, 07:13 PM   #15
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I almost bought a boat with a blue hull, and have a friend who has one. That friend, and my broker both conveyed what a pain in the arse a blue hull is. It shows everything, and when it oxidizes it looks like crap as opposed to a lighter color that doesn't show it nearly as much. I ended up with a light gray hull, which I love.

That all said, I really love the way the blue looks. Just don't know if I'd feel like trying to keep it looking perfect all the time.

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You're either very young, or have had a charmed life 8-)
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In my experience, salt spray will always show on a dark color hull. On lighter color it will blend in and disappear. Also lighter is much cooler - but I am in Florida and cooler is what we all strive for...

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We cruised the Caribbean for more than a year with a dark green hull. It was definitely hotter then white hulled boats. It took a couple of hours to cool down in the evening.
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Colored hulls are very hot, and show every little spray of salt and wax swirl. Even your canvas should be as light-colored as possible.
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:40 PM   #20
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Most friends with dark hulled boats are sorry. Some sooner than later. They are hot and they fade. They look great--for awhile. White is cool and resist looking faded. YMMV.
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