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Old 10-14-2007, 10:29 AM
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I am looking at a new model boat with a Black "Imron" hull. I have zero experience with colored hulls let alone black. Do I have anything to be concerned about? Are there negatives? Is there above and beyond normal maintanance? Long term how will the color hold up?

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Old 10-14-2007, 10:43 AM
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black hulls work well if painted, a lotta work if gelcoat
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I would say it's a bad idea. After owning a show car that is black, I know that it is almost impossible to keep clean. Unless you like to rub on your boat instead of enjoy it, I would steer away from a black hull.

Besides, boats are supposed to be white.
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Pro's look great in the water. Con's takes work keeping it looking great. If its like navy blue anyway.
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silver is really EZ to keep up...good question though. Doesn't painted hulls chip/scratch easily?

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Jettywolf - 10/14/2007 6:55 PM

silver is really EZ to keep up...good question though. Doesn't painted hulls chip/scratch easily?
nope..hit this hull with downrigger balls, sinkers and fenders all the time and no marks...and I mean none...this is urethane base+ clearcoat....when this was taken it had never been waxed at all, and was 2.5 years old.....


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Absolutely no other color turns heads like a Black hull. Just a little more washing and attention to detail.
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Black is beautiful...

Black gel coat does require TLC. When mine is old and faded (hopefully a good long time), it will get black paint.


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I simply wash mine when I trailer it to the house, looks like new.
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Beautiful - that for sure. Put the same two boat side by side. One white and one black. The black hull is pretti pretti pretti.

Black is just a PIA to keep looking shinny/spotless. All nicks and dings will say hello. Color matching is extremely hard.

Easiest to take care of are: (1) white then (2)carolina blue or (3) fighting lady yellow. The darker the color the harder it is to take care.

If you got the time and dedication in keeping the black looking nice - go for it.
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UaVaj - 10/14/2007 9:38 PM

Beautiful - that for sure. Put the same two boat side by side. One white and one black. The black hull is pretti pretti pretti.

Black is just a PIA to keep looking shinny/spotless. All nicks and dings will say hello. Color matching is extremely hard.

Easiest to take care of are: (1) white then (2)carolina blue or (3) fighting lady yellow. The darker the color the harder it is to take care.

If you got the time and dedication in keeping the black looking nice - go for it.
a perfect example of the urban myth...but paint is not the same - see the pic above that has never had any maitenance except for a garden hose spray when I get back...I will repeat again...paint lasts.... gelcoat is is PIA and only lasts a few years....anyone is welcome to inspect my hull which is going on 4 years.....
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Thanks glen. I was refering to gelcoat.
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UaVaj - 10/14/2007 10:06 PM

Thanks glen. I was refering to gelcoat.
agreed..a dark color of gelcoat has got 3-4 years unless you are meticulous about maint.....that being said, Rybo also taught me that BW foam hulls cannot take a dark color paint no matter what.... as it tends to degrade the hullside due to heat in the southern climes.....
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Love my Black Hull. I have a 1979 Speed Craft with a tower and an all Black Hull. Because the water here is so hard I have to use a cleaning agent to get off the spots that are left that you can see. Looks great when rewax. Take a look at my site and the boat www.captlenrobertstailsup.com
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Black is easy to maintain. You have to buy alot of those black sharpies when you get the boat. Simple.
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I have an '86 Contender that was painted in '01 and has held up great, I get a number of positive comments on it. You might need to get a black tow vehicle though and that is really a pain to keep clean, much harder than the hull.


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