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Old 02-11-2019, 12:11 PM
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Default New boat - colored gel coat or paint (or go with plain)

Looking to order a new boat (Grady, Pursuit or Regal) and have the options of standard gelcoat (white/off white) or a colored hull. For the first time I'm thinking about a colored hull.

My question is whether to pick a colored gelcoat or where the hull is painted. I assume there are pros and cons to colored gelcoat versus painted hulls. What should I be considering?

As the boat will be in Southwest Florida, should I just stick with the basic white/off white and stay away from a colored hull? I assume that the Florida sun does more damage to a colored hull?

How about repairs for scratches or dock rash (when something goes wrong).

I like the look of a colored hull when it's new. Not sure after a few years.

Appreciate any thoughts on this.

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I think for those brands it is colored gel coat and not actually painted, so it will need more more to keep it looking good vs a white hull. I assume you are looking at boats where the bottom is white and the sides are colored or would it be solid color?

Dock rash will be more noticeable, usually with white showing thru if you scratch thru the gelcoat. With that said (and not being in salt water) I like the look of a non-white hull and had one for alot of years that still looked good but it wasn't without effort.
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Some of the colors that they offer are gelcoat while other colors are painted. The boat will be kept on a lift.
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If a light color, either is fine. If a dark color, I'd go for a painted hull because this will oxidize much less over time. I currently have a navy gel coat and had the same color previously and it is a bear to keep shining. I wish I had a painted hull.
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A dark color gel coat is hard to keep looking shiny. The paint would probably depend on what brand as some are hard to do repairs on and make look good.
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I have three boats. Two have dark blue painted hullsides. Dark painted hulls will not fade nearly as bad as dark gelcoat, which can look awful pretty fast.

My most recent boat, I went with white. White boat, white rubrail, white powdercoat, etc.

After a while, the colored bulls wear on you. White never gets old.

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8 years in NY. Ruined from the sun. This is what the port side look like. It was the side in the sun. Gelcoat .


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Paint is the way to go for color. Check out 11 years of South Florida and Bahamas sun. Intrepid does an amazing job.


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Paint for colors, gelcoat for white or offwhite
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There is a reason why Formula Powerboats has used Imron for so many years.
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If I were going to keep it on a lift I’d probably go white gelcoat. (Unless you are covering her) colors fade fast in the sun
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Pros and cons to both

If gelcoat, I would want a VERY light color, like a very light grey, or white

Gelcoat you can easily buff a lot of things out

Gelcoat is very hard to match

A lot of people are recommending a hybrid/repairable paint such as awl craft
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White, and consider vinyl graphics/wrap for adding color.

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