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Old 02-20-2003, 03:56 PM
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I will probably be ordering my new boat in the next few days and am strongly considering a dark blue hull as opposed to my normal white.My biggest concern is that apparently scratches are more easily seen and also the fade issue.Can wax really protect a boat enough to prevent this?Will the boat have to always be stored indoors to keep it looking great?Those who have any experience with this please chime in.
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Old 02-20-2003, 04:32 PM
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I owned a Black hull & console privateer for 5 years, it held a great shine. Unfortunately it was painted from the factory vise gel-coated and suffered a few ugly scratches over the years. I have my project sanded down in the driveway waiting for a few warm days to paint my hull dark blue too.
Oh yeah, a good marine wax will definatly protect your finish.
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Painted hull will hold up good,gelcoat will fade if its not white or light in color,do yourself a favor go white gelcoat.JMO



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Not only will the darker gelcoat fade, but in a new boat the darker gelcoat areas will be warmer due to heating by the sun and may cause curing of the resins at different rate leading to warping/stress.

Especially in Florida.

There is nothing like a dark blue hull though. However, only with linear urethane paints.

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Get the white I had a partial red hull and colors really do fade and show scratches.
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A dark hull is also very difficult to see from a helicopter as opposed to white. Something to think about (although we don't want to). If your in arescue sitaution, dark blu may not be the best choice. It will, of course, show more scratches, whether gelcoat or paint. Gelcoat is very thin, and underneath it there are layers of light colored glass. Looks nice when new. If your not planning on keeping the boat very long a color may be a good choice.

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It won't fade as readily and is a bit easier on the eyes if you forget your sunglasses.

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Just how badly do the darker coloers fade. can't it simply be buffed out?
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Countless hours, of course!

How about this, how well will wax protect?
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I think Eelslinger said it all. I wax my boat once a year and rub out as necessary (inside and outside). Still looks like it came out of the showroom. The color is 'Teal' gelcoat, factory done. Having said that, I would do the same on any color I had. The cream/white will fade nearly as quickly the darker colors but you don't notice as much or as quickly. Take a look at a white hull that is not waxed on a reqular basis. It becomes dull. I my view a darker hull looks better than a lighter hull, if it's maintained! Your choice.

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Easily seen from water level if you are in trouble, hides scratches, doesn't need all the attention (compounding).

Ok, got that out of the way. I lOVE my dark blue Contender. It is FINE. It isn't hot since the deck is white. It can be seen by the air. Yes, we have to drink a couple cold ones and compound it from time to time. Yes, a thrashing billfish will give it some character.

I'll do it again in a heartbeat.

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dark blue, if maintained should help on resale, with that said, i was looking at a 28 ablin with the green hull and the sales rep told me to expect fading.

tough choice, I think the blue hull would look great but you should figure on waxing twice a year and make sure you are know how to handle the boat because it is hard to buff out the scratches.

Only other thing to think about is how much more are you going to pay for the darker hull and it is worth it to you.

its only money and it isnt comfortable to sleep on in the grave

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You didn't mention what brand of boat you were considering, but any builder that will use a dark gel has excellent molds and sound build techniques - usually. Dark gels emphasize imperfections in tools, and also burn-thru patterns created by improper or hasty build tecniques/build schedules. All colors of gel both chalk and fade, you simply notice it more on dark gels. Wax helps, I found a combination of beer and wax works best.
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I had my Texas made flats rig done in a black/white finish and I love it. It looks very, very sharp and has held its luster and shine very well to date. Granted, its only two years old. But nevertheless, I love dark hulls. Give her the proper attention she deserves, and she'll be good to you in return. On the scratches, if its gelcoat, the scratch will be dark too and therefore won't show...if it doesn't go past the gel cote that is.. Just my two cents. ST


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I use to catch more fish with my dark blue boat that I do now with my white one. Then again maby it is just me.
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For my little project boat, I am painting it a very very light grey (Interlux 2 part poly plus in Matterhorn White).

Why?

1. Visibility - easier to see in low light conditions than a dark hull.
2. Heat - Don't want a dark top as the sun will create havoc in the cuddy and the hull sides (gunnel mounted fuel tanks).
3. Looks - A boat with my lines just doesn't look right in a dark color.

And last but not least, a day glow white boat will show off every speck of dirt, while a dark hull will show off every scratch, and crust of salt. I want mine to look clean, even when it's not!

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Tidester...how do you get that boat in the garage? Looks great...1974? Hummm...now if I just keep a good coat of wax on for the next 22 years, I might catch up!

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I think it all comes down to how long you want to keep this boat... Simple fact is that a solid colored boat is much harder to sell than a white colored boat. They are very pretty but it's not the wisest move if you should decide to sell b/c not that many people want a dark colored boat. Just a thought.

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