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Old 09-25-2019, 05:25 PM
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Any downside to having the whole hull one color as to just having the sides/top. Price isn't that much more.
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We have real coffee colored inshore water where I live and it seems to show a lot of white bottoms vs other colors. My new bay boat is all blue and I dont seem to notice it as much after a few days of fishing
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Originally Posted by dismed View Post
Any downside to having the whole hull one color as to just having the sides/top. Price isn't that much more.
no downside I’m aware of but personally I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think it looks so much better, hides staining better(then white), and if you do bottom paint you don’t have 3 different colors. Weird how some manufacturers charge for it while others don’t.
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The only downside I could think of is if the unimaginable happens and the boat capsizes. White is easier to spot than blues and other darker colors. Of course you can't live life in the "what if" lane but it's worth a thought.
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I'm not a fan of how colored sides follow the chine on most CC's. IMO, the manufacturers should have the color follow the waterline. It looks so much better. That or the entire hull as 1 color.
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I personally don't care for a colored bottom. Looks like bottom paint. It may hide staining but it sure doesn't hide scrapes and scrubs from trailer and lift bunks. White bottom hides these there best.

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Originally Posted by Mako 234 View Post
I'm not a fan of how colored sides follow the chine on most CC's. IMO, the manufacturers should have the color follow the waterline. It looks so much better. That or the entire hull as 1 color.
I couldn’t agree more:



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Are you talking gel-coat or paint. Most paints don't like to be submersed or wet for extended periods. That's what the manufacturer says. I haven't had any issues where the awlgrip gets splashed on a regular basis.
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My thought was that fixing any chips or scrapes to the bottom of hull would be easier to match up in white vs colored.
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Originally Posted by dismed View Post
My thought was that fixing any chips or scrapes to the bottom of hull would be easier to match up in white vs colored.
Long term, white will always look OK, long after the colors fade. The last thing I would want when I am out fishing in the evening is grey. Naval ships are grey for a reason, the same reason that I would not want it. You want the dude driving back from the dock bar in his Sea Ray to see you.
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I'm a one color fan. If you are ordering new, ask for a quart of gel coat from the same batch and keep it sealed in an air conditioned room.
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I just bought a boat with solid gray gel coat and I wouldn't have it any other way. To me it looks cheap when the bottom is white, like someone hadn't finished the job or wouldn't spring for the extra money.
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Just hull sides always looked silly to me, especially with bottom paint which leaves just a sliver of white by the bow and water line

All one color regardless of what that color is...

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White hull will turn yellow regardless of waxing or coating. The colored hull mask this and generally look better long term.

Are you keeping the boat outside to where the sun can cause fading on the hull?
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Keep in mind that all gelcoat fades. Reds and darker blues REALLY fade. Also, you will notice how most bumpers or any incidental contact that happens with a dock or anything else, will show as a scratch.

I owned a dark blue hull and maintained it regularly. I swore I would never own a colored hull again. Real PTA. Looked beautiful though!

as for staining, it is infinitely easier to clean staining by just wiping it down with a hull cleaner than it is to keep that colored hull looking good....

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Originally Posted by dismed View Post
Any downside to having the whole hull one color as to just having the sides/top. Price isn't that much more.

I've had both and preferred the single whole hull color. Keep in mind that darker colors are going to look worse on the bottom of the hull over time because of oxidation, trailer scraping, forklift marks etc. For what its worth a pastel or light yellow such as fighting lady yellow helps hide hull staining.
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Keep in mind that all gelcoat fades. Reds and darker blues REALLY fade. Also, you will notice how most bumpers or any incidental contact that happens with a dock or anything else, will show as a scratch.

I owned a dark blue hull and maintained it regularly. I swore I would never own a colored hull again. Real PTA. Looked beautiful though!

as for staining, it is infinitely easier to clean staining by just wiping it down with a hull cleaner than it is to keep that colored hull looking good....

I learned the hard way about fenders on the colored hull! they marred the hull from sitting against a floating dock that I could only tie on one side. I now have fender socks and seems to be okay now.
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Originally Posted by VaporTrail1 View Post
I just bought a boat with solid gray gel coat and I wouldn't have it any other way. To me it looks cheap when the bottom is white, like someone hadn't finished the job or wouldn't spring for the extra money.
Actually, it sounds like you have a tinted gel coat which is MUCH less expensive to do than a urethane painted yacht finish, which rarely gets done on the bottom of a boat. Painted boats with marine sealant such as Alexseal or Awegrip offer no fade and deep luster finishes that last a lot longer than a tinted gel coat which requires a lot more upkeep to keep from chalking.
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Depends on the boat. On a monohull with nice lines, colored hull sides accentuate the lines. On a cat, the two tone hulls emphasize the tunnel too much for my liking, so I’d go with solid color hull.
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It will be stored inside my warehouse so almost no wear from elements.

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