Originally Posted by Seevee
Interesting.... tell us more about wrapping.
The smaller, sport/runabout-type boats have been doing it for years. Here
is a link to a collection of images of such boats. Many, but not all, of them have some pretty wild graphics. They use very durable marine-grade vinyl.
I recently toured a prospective boat with a friend. It was a 57' McKinna with a shiny gray hull
. The broker explained that the owner had more money than he knew what to do with and had decided he wanted a hull color that was not traditional white. It was going to run about $50,000 to paint the hull from the rails down. It only ran $9800 to have the same area wrapped. Even if you paid $9800 every ten years to re-wrap it, it would be forty years before you would equal one paint job. Even up close, it looked good and the wrap was done three years ago. We've seen (but not toured) other boats in Florida waters that had wrapped hulls, too.
Seems quite practical to me. We're considering having it done in a few years on our baby, too. We'll probably go with a glossy white wrap to maintain the existing appearance. Wash it and walk away, no waxing needed.
Again, no connection with any of the companies that do such work... you can google boat wraps and find a ton of companies that specialize in it.