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Old 11-24-2009, 09:16 AM
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take i toff, raise your bottom paint line and paint a 1" gold stripe as the boot stripe, it'll look sharp and be easy to repair
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Default Picture of my boat without a boot stripe.

Here is a look at my boat without a boot stripe. I personally like the look. I don't think you'll miss the boot stripe.
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good or bad, it will make your boat look smaller. personally, i like the stripe.
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Keep the stripe. It will completely change the look of the boat without it. You have enough freeboard where the strip enhances the overall look.

Interlux makes a boot stripe paint.

PS What's the history of the boat? Specifically the name.
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My stripe is the tape type, and has been nicked, scratched in a few places that looks like crap.

I'm also going to raise my water line about 2 inches because I'm getting the yellow stain above it. I'm thinking of removing the stripe completly and not repelacing it. What does everybody thing? Will it look like shat without the stripe? I've been eyeballing this on boats lately, and it's hard to find a boat with no stripe. Whats the stipe do, change the ride or something!! ??


Stripes are put on to hide the two tone color between a colored hull-side and a white bottom. So in turn, to stay uniform between white and colored hull-side, they put the stripe on both.
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We raised the bottom paint on our boat to for the same reason (brown stain) and guess what-the stain came back, albeit higher up. I personally think the bootstripe looks nice and it helps to hide the stain. It also looks like if you move the stripe up too much you are going to have to trim around your through hull fittings.
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Similar combo on a 31 Bert. I LIKE the look of a nice bootstripe!



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the reason for the stripe is to hide the scum line. its been removed from my boat and i have exhaust exiting above water like you. it gets scummy after only a few hrs use, but i trailer it so its easy to wash off. you might find that you notice your boat being dirtier 'down there' after you take it off.
some boats definitely look better with out it. you can always get a new one made at a local vinyl shop if you end up wanting it back.
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Just did the same to mine. I think it looks better without the stripe. I used the heat gun method, and then acetone. Stripe came off easy, glue was a bit harder. After I was done a friend who owns an auto body shop told me about an attachment you can put on your drill, it feels like a pencil eraser and takes pin striping off, glue and all!!! I believe you can find them at auto zone/pep boys etc.
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I took the stripe off my GW I think it looks better without it.
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Why even think about it until you get the water line raised. You will have to get the stripe removed anyway.

Right?

A new stripe can be and should be added afterwards.

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Quick photoshop of what it may look like without the stripe. I was contemplating the same thing and did this to a picture of my boat to get an idea of what it might look like.

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Very easy fix if you don't want to replace it and the remaining tape is in good condition. You can buy tape in most marine supply houses to match. Just cut small pieces to fill in the damaged areas, you may have to prep the area a bit so the tape lies flat when applied. You will be amazed at how good it looks, you will not be able to tell it was repaired from a few feet back, even if the color match is not perfect. I have even used black electrical tape in a pinch with very nice results. Save yourself a lot of time and effort.

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Thanks for all the replies... compliments.... and thanks especially to "stupidwhitecat" for the photoshop pic, awesome. I wanted to do that but hadn't had the chance yet.

Just to be clear, the strip IS coming off. That's not part of the choice. Second time there is enough "patches" in the existing vinyl to call it a "Microsoft Bootstrip"! But the water line has to go up about 2 inches (about to the bottom of the middle strip), so it is definitely coming off.

And if I replace it, i've decided it will definitely be painted or gelcoated/awlgrip... I think I'm just going to remove it next week when the boat comes out, raise the water line, and wait till next spring when she goes back in to see if I like the clean look better. If not, easy enough to have a stripe painted on later.

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Here is a look at my boat without a boot stripe. I personally like the look. I do think you'll miss the boot stripe.
TimmBB, You first say you like the look without it, then say you think I'll miss it??? Was that a typo??? Did you mean "I DON'T think you'll miss it"?
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Yes, that was a typo, I meant Don't. Edited the post.
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Not much "history" to it, I bought it brand new last year. It was a 2006 leftover, so I'm the first owner. Traded in my old 28' Scout, which was named "Machri" (pronouned like the old Lincoln Mercury car, "Capri"). So the wife just added an "a" to the end for this one, pronounced the same way with an "ah" at the end.

Wifes name = Maria
My name = Chris

Should make sense now? The next boat (if there is another one?) will be "Machrisa".

By the way, we have since found that "Machria" is the name of a city in Iran or Khuzestan or something.... LOL!!

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I would remove the old stripe, barrier coat, and bottom paint. Then after a couple weeks to consider what you want to do then add the stripe. Fact is that since it will be winter you will more than likely add the stripe because that is pretty much what we do in the winter. Add stuff to the boat, or atleast I do.

I would go with a paint over a vinyl stripe for sure. Vinyl is nice for the builders because it takes all of 30 minutes to do and you can remove it in the same amount of time. For longevity paint is your best choice.

I recently changed colors on my bootstripe and had a very reputable yard do the work. I was all set to use interlux since that is what was used originally. The yard really encouraged me to use Alexseal instead. Apparently in their opinion it handles moisture better at or near the waterline. They have come across quite a few boats that when the Interlux products were immersed for moderate periods from the boat being loaded to much it would bubble. With that being said I went with Alexseal. I am very pleased with the product. I purchased the Alexseal myself so they did not benefit other than being able to better stand behind their work. Be sure to primer as well.

Best of luck and be sure to take pics of the entire process. Your boat looks great. You can tell it has been rigged with much thought and consideration.
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boat is llokin nice man and i had the same problem with my waterline being too low and also my vinyl boot stripe was peeling off. but i raised the waterline about 2 inches and used awlegrip paint for the boot stripe and so far it is lasting and the boat has been back in the water since the end of february.

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Here is a look at my boat without a boot stripe. I personally like the look. I don't think you'll miss the boot stripe.
nice ocean timbb what size is that it looks like either an original 40 or 42 sweet boat and what engines does she have

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Brezin,
Not much "history" to it, I bought it brand new last year. It was a 2006 leftover, so I'm the first owner. Traded in my old 28' Scout, which was named "Machri" (pronouned like the old Lincoln Mercury car, "Capri"). So the wife just added an "a" to the end for this one, pronounced the same way with an "ah" at the end.

Wifes name = Maria
My name = Chris

Should make sense now? The next boat (if there is another one?) will be "Machrisa".

By the way, we have since found that "Machria" is the name of a city in Iran or Khuzestan or something.... LOL!!

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Some of Tred Barta's boats were named Makaira. I wasn't sure of the spelling until now when I just googled it. I was thinking that maybe it was one of his boats.
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