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Old 06-08-2013, 10:47 PM   #141
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Why do so many guys paint their boat bottoms black? .
Legend has it that black bottoms are more prone to whale strikes than any other color.
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Old 06-08-2013, 11:24 PM   #142
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Legend has it that black bottoms are more prone to whale strikes than any other color.
I hear white bottoms attract mermaid and yellow makes dolphin smile!

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Old 06-08-2013, 11:42 PM   #143
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You're 26 NT is probably worth considerably more than Willy but I want the 32 anyway. Yes the Voyager is best but it has a small cockpit. Fact is I've put so much new stuff including fuel tanks and engine I couldn't afford to sell her.

Why do so many guys paint their boat bottoms black? A guy in Craig AK said black bottoms don't foul as easily. Can't buy that.
Barnacles love my black bum and I am yet to run down a whale.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:24 AM   #144
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A Bertram 31 is in no way a trawler, but what a bottom!

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Old 06-09-2013, 01:30 AM   #145
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And the Boomarang gets a green bottom this time around!

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Old 06-09-2013, 01:40 AM   #146
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Legend has it that black bottoms are more prone to whale strikes than any other color.
Another legend/myth is that dark bottoms or hulls scare away salmon as they think they are Orca.

Hmmmm....which could explain away whale strikes as casual trysts of the oops variety.
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:46 AM   #147
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Scott: Firefly is one of my favorites. I knew the hull was efficient but have you kept track of your GPH?
Thank you for the complement, we feel very lucky to be owned by her.

We cruse at 1450 RPM and with no wind or current and clean bottom that's 7.2 mph and right at 1.4 GPH.

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The jump to light-speed (hull speed 8.1 knts) is at 2050 rpm but by then we are using Thilsum in the reactor drive and as you know it's measured in grams.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:27 AM   #148
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Seems to me most all bottoms were red in the past and then I always wore white shorts. My shorts aren't all white now and I've had one boat w a blue bottom (the whole boat had blue trim) and my aluminum skiff has a black bottom. I think the skiff got the black because we were in Alaska and that was all that was left at the store (NAPA).

Generally speaking I don't see why anyone would actually want a color other than red but Boomerang looks great in green. It's related to the black topsides .. I think.

I've had two whale strikes wearing red bottom paint. One a kiss and the other a slam dunk so I really don't think whales are color sensitive and it's quite possible they have very poor eyesight.

One theory about antifouling properties of mine is that dark colors no doubt reflect much less light just like a white room in a house will be much brighter than the same room painted dark green. When in covered moorage the sunny side/end of the boat will have considerably more growth on the hull than the shaded side. Perhaps dark bottom paints are better as they don't reflect as much light. But then reflected light may have nothing to do w fowling and only to do w direct light.
If the above was true one would think it would be common knowledge and all bottom paint would be black.
I'll stick w red and light colors for topsides.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:39 AM   #149
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LarryM,

Although I'd rather see Boomerang in Awlgrip white and matching cabin, She looks stunning in her black topsides and dark green bottom. Just a very tasteful combination I suspect. At any rate she's more beautiful than Willy will ever be and it's a shame your'e going to have to put that nice bottom out of sight.

Wow that Fortress anchor looks dangerously sharp in the picture.

Thank's for the Bertram 31 post. I react to that boat like girls reacted to Elvis in the 50s.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:50 AM   #150
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Don't recall a "real" boat that didn't have a red bottom.



Didn't have the imagination to choose a different color for the Coot.



Still, red is the default color.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:32 PM   #151
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Although I'd rather see Boomerang in Awlgrip white and matching cabin, She looks stunning in her black topsides and dark green bottom. Just a very tasteful combination I suspect. At any rate she's more beautiful than Willy will ever be and it's a shame your'e going to have to put that nice bottom out of sight.

Wow that Fortress anchor looks dangerously sharp in the picture.

Thank's for the Bertram 31 post. I react to that boat like girls reacted to Elvis in the 50s.
Eric and Mark,

You are gonna love this one . . . I originally specified red bottom paint since that was what was already there, and it is 'the' classic combination with a flag blue hull (it does look black in the photos) with a white boot stripe. I got a call from the yard half way through the job that they ran out of red, and worse, it was on back order from International Paint. So, I did what any sane person would do in this situation, I called Hinckley yachts for spiritual guidance. As it turns out, green is becoming a very popular bottom color on flag blue Hinckleys, so I took a peek on the Internet and sure enough, there they were, green-bottomed money gobblers all pretty as can be. I'm glad I went with the new color. Nothing but compliments so far, and, now we are ready for Newport or St. Tropez . . . . . or Galveston Bay!



BTW, thanks for the compliment Eric, I try hard to keep her looking ship-shape and proper. You are also right about the Fortress, sharp and ready for business.

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Old 06-09-2013, 05:23 PM   #152
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And the Boomarang gets a green bottom this time around!

Love That boat! Wheelhouse proportions are right on.
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:28 PM   #153
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Looks a bit odd close up but I'da done the same.

So what do you have a Winlkley or a Hincklard?

Sailor,
This is the only model w the small windows. It's known as the most seaworthy Willard/Fales. Largely because of the small windows.
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Looks a bit odd close up but I'da done the same.

So what do you have a Winlkley or a Hincklard?

Sailor,
This is the only model w the small windows. It's known as the most seaworthy Willard/Fales. Largely because of the small windows.
Eric,

Maybe a Finkley . . . I'm sure the folks in Southwest Harbor are NOT amused.

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Love That boat! Wheelhouse proportions are right on.
I do too! Didn't think I'd like the green bottom but now that I see it, I do like it.
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I do too! Didn't think I'd like the green bottom but now that I see it, I do like it.
Walt, Sailor, Eric and all,

I would like to take credit for the combination, but alas, this was the pic that inspired me.



I truly value your opinions and appreciate your comments. It's nice to know that others share some of the admiration I have for my little ship.

There are so many beautiful and special boats owned by the members of this forum. Where else could someone see them all in one place?

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Old 06-09-2013, 07:15 PM   #157
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I truly value your opinions and appreciate your comments. It's nice to know that others share some of the admiration I have for my little ship.
I feel the same about my boat and it's a wonderful feeling. I'll give you odds that 99% of TF members feel the same way about their boats.

All kidding aside, "Boomarang" is truly a beautiful boat!
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I like all the small Willards and Fales. ..... I like all the big Willards too.
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