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Rich Jones
03-27-2017, 04:31 PM
The original Palmer fantail launches had an oak sheerstrake between the upper and lower rubrails. Mine will be painted.
I've always thought that I'd go with the same dark green as the bottom of the boat. The green was going along with the theme of a Vermont-built vessel (by the way, Vermont is greener then Ireland, the Emerald Isle! I realized that last summer when I was there).

Now, though, I'm having second thoughts, thinking that the green might be too dark and give the upper part of the boat a heavy look. Perhaps something lighter? But what, without making it blah looking? Some shade of beige, light tan, perhaps a grey? What color would mimic varnished oak?
Take a look and see what color you think would go well. The deck will be the same color as the interior pieces you see in the cockpit, the oak rubrails just varnished.

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2837/32804139174_8422bac637_z_d.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2837/32833122683_b6b49e8f49_z_d.jpg

Stiletto
03-27-2017, 04:46 PM
I think a rich cream would look good.

The boat is looking good!

Garret
03-27-2017, 04:48 PM
A rich cream would indeed be good - though it might hide the varnished pieces some. You could also go with a lighter green: meerschaum or sage green.

You asked!

Rich Jones
03-27-2017, 06:16 PM
A rich cream would indeed be good - though it might hide the varnished pieces some. You could also go with a lighter green: meerschaum or sage green.

You asked! meerschaum??? Ah, come on! You just made that up!|:) That's a real color?

Peerie Maa
03-27-2017, 06:24 PM
My grandfathers boats were wood grained inside, you could paint it oak.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZhpJ_XzELI

AJZimm
03-27-2017, 06:40 PM
If you wanted to be au courant, you could go with Pantone's Color of the Year - Greenery. It is, and I quote, " . . . a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors . . . "

It is also "A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality."

I am not making this up. https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017

Gerarddm
03-27-2017, 07:01 PM
Oak veneer the strake.

wizbang 13
03-27-2017, 07:03 PM
Graphics are for ugly boats
You do not have that problem
just paint her white

cstevens
03-27-2017, 07:51 PM
I like a contrasting sheer myself. Dark green and Hatteras White by preference. But have you seen this thread?

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?154332-Share-your-wooden-boat-color-scheme

Lots of examples of boats with a contrasting sheer strake. I say pick one you like and go for it. Worst case, you can always repaint it later if you decide you don't like it. One thought though, I would not run the sheer color around the fantail. Stop it short of the turn with a decorative shape, something like this:

http://greene-marine.com/WmHand-Lowell_files/Hand07/William-Hand-motorsail.jpg

If you continue the color all the way around I think it will be visually too heavy at the stern, spoiling the delicate lines of the fantail.

jpatrick
03-27-2017, 07:53 PM
Red

That moaning sound is from my wife rolling her eyes.

Jeff

SMARTINSEN
03-27-2017, 07:54 PM
https://kirbypaint.com/image/cache/catalog/Paddles/20-960x640.png

Kirby's #20 Rose Pink. Goes well with varnished wood.

Jay Greer
03-27-2017, 08:05 PM
A light color lowers the apparent sheer.
Jay

Garret
03-27-2017, 08:43 PM
meerschaum??? Ah, come on! You just made that up!|:) That's a real color?

Translation = "sea foam" - it's a very pale green.

Rich Jones
03-27-2017, 09:11 PM
Red

That moaning sound is from my wife rolling her eyes.

Jeff I've painted the sheerstrake on my Rushton pulling boat burgundy. Love that color, so it could be in the running.

JimConlin
03-27-2017, 09:13 PM
Mystic's drawings of the Palmer launch were probably based on the boat in the Rossie Mill at Mystic. It has a red sheerstrake.
I'll see if I can post a pic.

Rich Jones
03-27-2017, 09:13 PM
A rich cream would indeed be good - though it might hide the varnished pieces some. You could also go with a lighter green: meerschaum or sage green.

You asked!
If I go with a light color, I can stain the rubrails a dark color to contrast with the paint.

Breakaway
03-27-2017, 09:42 PM
I see a black sheer! With the green sandwiched between the black bottom and black sheer, the boat will look longer. It's tug-boaty, I know, but a launch is technically a workboat.

Kevin

Dave Lesser
03-27-2017, 10:37 PM
I'm partial to this green:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/420/20503804135_e23e5cef02_b.jpg

Yeadon
03-27-2017, 10:49 PM
I'd paint her whatever color you have left over from the Hvalsoe.

Rich Jones
03-28-2017, 02:37 AM
I'd paint her whatever color you have left over from the Hvalsoe. The white paint for the Palmer hull is actually left over from the Hvalsoe. For those who don't know, the sheer on that boat is stained and varnished Occume ply.

Todd Bradshaw
03-28-2017, 03:17 AM
I'd take a nice profile pic and Photoshop in a bunch of colors until I got something I like. I am kind of fond though of burgundy with dark green on old-ish traditional stuff - boats, iceboats old fancy railcars, etc.

nedL
03-28-2017, 06:22 AM
Maroon. :D

Rich Jones
03-28-2017, 07:59 AM
I'd take a nice profile pic and Photoshop in a bunch of colors until I got something I like. I am kind of fond though of burgundy with dark green on old-ish traditional stuff - boats, iceboats old fancy railcars, etc. That's a great idea that I wasn't aware of. Being a CCI (Certified Computer Idiot), I don't think of stuff like that. Plus, I'll now learn how to Photoshop.

BKay
03-28-2017, 09:33 AM
Some interesting and very good suggestions. I would suggest a lighter shade of the hull color. Take your hull color and start adding white. I'd start 50:50 and paint a sample then I'd go lighter with 25:75 and see how the two look. If you go this route and settle on a mix, paint the first coat with your sample. Then send that to Kirby and have them match it and paint your final coat(s) with the Kirby so you know you can recreate this color consistently in the future.

Having said all that, I think the cream would be my second choice if you don't want to go with a lighter shade of hull color.

alkorn
03-28-2017, 09:55 AM
Is your launch epoxy-fabric covered? I can't tell from the photos. If so, there's an added benefit to painting the sheer strake a light color. Dark paint + hot sun can result in temperatures too high for the epoxy. The further up the hull you go, the more sun you get. So going with a light sheer strake might be a good idea.

Jay Greer
03-28-2017, 01:27 PM
I have posted this before so I apologize for being redundant. The varnish and accented parallel lines up high and the dark colors below, all work to fool the eye and hide the broken sheer of "Red Witch". This is a fool the eye color scheme! The boot stripe is dark green as is the center of the trim stake which is gold leafed top and bottom. The light seam in the sheer is splined with yellow cedar. The toe rail is silver aluminum holey rail and the deck house, being varnished disappears also as the dark "gun deck red" draws the eye of the viewer to focus on the hull shape and emphasize the tumble home aft. I first tried dark green on the sheer and it looked terrible! So when I replanted the boat, I added teak to the sheer and varnished it as well as building the teak deck house with the cream colored coach roof. I kind of like the way she turned out except that I would have opted for cream, fake Egyptian cotton, sails instead of white had I known how bright is white!
Jay
https://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3da25b3127ccef29dd83d970100000030O00QYsmrNy5bsQ e3nwg/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00107990352120130404232400282.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

Eric Hvalsoe
03-31-2017, 06:41 PM
Looking super Rich. I have no wisdom regarding color, but Chris has an interesting idea there in post #9.
Eric