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Old 04-11-2016, 07:47 PM   #1
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Ship/boat colors

Most all pleasure boats are all-white as well as cruise ships (Cunard and Holland America major exceptions), whereas most all non-toy boats have darker hull schemes. What's with that?



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Old 04-11-2016, 10:16 PM   #2
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Simple IMO tugs and most fish boats and other commercial craft get scuffed up marked in their commercial activities .... yachts do not ... usually.

White is a yacht color .. because they can perhaps.

And white looks best because it's bright like boats-yachts on parade. Fancy. Like a sailor in dress whites.

But there are odd people that put strange colors on yachts .. even black. I'll let someone else explain that.
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:28 PM   #3
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Plain white is so cold and boring, I like color.
White is too bright, snow blindness on the water.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:14 PM   #4
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Simple IMO tugs and most fish boats and other commercial craft get scuffed up marked in their commercial activities .... yachts do not ... usually.

White is a yacht color .. because they can perhaps.

And white looks best because it's bright like boats-yachts on parade. Fancy. Like a sailor in dress whites.

But there are odd people that put strange colors on yachts .. even black. I'll let someone else explain that.
You mean black like this? Yes, you would have to be odd to think this is a beautiful yacht

Although, wasnít it Nat Herreshoff who once said there are only two colors to paint a boat ó white and black? And only a fool would paint a boat black.

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Old 04-12-2016, 10:26 AM   #5
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Larry,
Almost any color would look great if as smooth and shiny as that sailboat. I really don't think the color matters much ..pink, purple may be so odd it wouldn't be liked but black and dark green look great. Your boat would look even better if she were fly'in around in the air so we could see her green bottom as well.
This boat dosn't look good because the finish is not so good. But the amount of blue and white does not help. Just like the red and white Coot.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:37 AM   #6
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A friend of mine has a boat (Sea Ray) with a dark blue hull. He said "never again". It looks great if it's been freshly detailed but after a few months it begins to fade and looks bad.

My boat is a light tan (Almond, more or less) color and it fades but not as bad as his.

White fades a bit but it's not really noticeable. White also reflects heat from the sun and the interior is cooler. White is also easier to match if repairs are necessary.

Black, dark blue, red, etc. look great when new but not as they get older. Also, colors go out of style, white does not. Remember the orange and maroon boats of the seventies?
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Old 04-12-2016, 11:06 AM   #7
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Ours is 18 years old, but out in the sun (or rain) only 3-4 months/year. Dark green hull still looks great, with an annual Finesse-It buff and then wax.

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Old 04-12-2016, 12:29 PM   #8
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Small boats have always been largely colored. Larger boats, white. Even on gelcoat, color is more likely to fade than white is. However, most larger boats are painted. White was traditionally chosen because of what was a "yacht appearance" but that evolved largely because all the colors tended to fade. Paints are better today, but still most color on yachts is below the deck line. Our most recent boat, our loop boat, we were certain we'd go for color below the deck.

Black and navy are the colors offered and we would have chosen navy. However, here's why we didn't on this specific boat.

We think the windows are the best part of the profile styling and they get lost on the dark color

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Our sport boat has color, just what was standard, not a color we chose or would choose.

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Old 04-12-2016, 12:49 PM   #9
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Most cruisers are seasonal, usually summer.

Pre1980, air conditioning was pretty rare on boats.

Most boats aren't well insulated...and before anyone chimes in where are most white plastic cruising boats built, sold and used through the recent decades..
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I've seen all sorts of colors, including many with white on commercial boats.

Pleasure boats on the other and are mostly in hot climates, therefore a/c is a cost factor.
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Maybe white boats do not show the hull finish shiny defects as much as with a colored boat.
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The color I oppose is Silver/grey. There's one very popular color on smaller boats that at dusk tends to get lost in the sun.
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US NAVY haze grey? Thats so they can dissappear in the distance quicker after they wake the crap out if you...
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The color I oppose is Silver/grey. There's one very popular color on smaller boats that at dusk tends to get lost in the sun.
And the Dashews with their bare aluminum. We had a few cruising in our area in 2014 and under many daylight conditions they were almost invisible.
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Dark colours on a wood hull tend to dry the planking and open the seams
when in the heat of the sun.

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And the Dashews with their bare aluminum. We had a few cruising in our area in 2014 and under many daylight conditions they were almost invisible.
Absolutely. It's something people need to consider. Mark's Coot has very high visibility.
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But those aluminum boats show up like battleships on radar.
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Absolutely. It's something people need to consider. Mark's Coot has very high visibility.
My boating friends can identify my Coot long before I can identify their boats.

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