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    and his father's designs.

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    No, just wondering if you know the reason and origin for the dominating colour choice.
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    OK. Maybe we can touch on why Mr. Hereshoff would offer such a strong opinion at another time. Right now Canadians are about to win in two events in Korea, and I don't want to miss it. Ta...
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    Does anyone know what colour are preferred by SAR? I would think that a white hull isn't that easy to spot in rough conditions.
    Following that theory I painted my first boat green so people would notice if I was in trouble.
    froggy under kite.jpg
    Of course the flip side to that was - when I stuffed up, everybody noticed.

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    Dazzle of Course:


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    A Jim Michalak design, what else?
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    To be truthful, I also like a midnight blue hull. My 'white' boat comment was just channeling Henry Ford who said, "You can have any color your like as long as it's black."
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Let's take it a step further:
    Bah! All boats should be finished bright!!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    A Jim Michalak design, what else?
    No kidding. I wondered if he just used whatever leftover paints were on the shelf in the garage.
    But to be fair, he probably hasn't been torpedoed by a U-Boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mcjim View Post
    Does anyone know what colour are preferred by SAR? I would think that a white hull isn't that easy to spot in rough conditions.
    Following that theory I painted my first boat green so people would notice if I was in trouble.
    froggy under kite.jpg
    Of course the flip side to that was - when I stuffed up, everybody noticed.
    A fine boat and a sterling crew
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    When I had my Catalina 25 I decided to strip off the bottom paint and apply epoxy paint to prevent blisters. I wanted two coats. The epoxy paint was white and came with a small vial of red dye. To prevent hollidays I mixed the red dye with the white paint for the first coat. I got a few interesting comments from the boat yard. The following weekend I put the second coat on and left it white. I did not miss any spots.
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    I like white , on white, with a touch of white trim for accent , over white primer.
    Color is for sails .
    Ironically , I carry about 30 quarts of different color paint for artwork .
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    "As any fule kno", the only colour is high-vis orange:



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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Everyone wants an AWB. Yay.
    There's only two colours to paint a boat, blue or yellow, only a fool would paint a boat white
    whatever rocks your boat

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    Yellow? I thought it was Golden glow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Yellow? I thought it was Golden glow.
    Given the preceding post I was expecting a pic of Riada II

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    Riada II came out red/burgundy in 1980 ,but someone sold out and painted her white in a refit fit.

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    Sorry, I meant Riada,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Y View Post
    Sorry, I meant Riada,
    I did that! post #36
    But she's subtle next to that goldennnn boat of Paul G's. You know when that baby is in the bay.

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    There was this un out on the weekend, overcast, phone snap, but you get the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Looks like Kirby's #3 "green tint" the same hue I am painting my SeaSprite

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    My dad's boat

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    Looks a bit white there but she's a pale yellow. The actual colour varies every year or two depending how he mixes the paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    I did that! post #36
    But she's subtle next to that goldennnn boat of Paul G's. You know when that baby is in the bay.
    Blends right in if you ask me...



    whatever rocks your boat

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    Is it real gold?

    I just had to see if this thread was lost in the purge...
    Whew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterSibley View Post
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    Thanks John, I think KG is a beautiful little design, whether or not I'll build her is up in the air .It's a big job and I'm 68 now. Something a little smaller might be the go now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    For many years I did not understand why yachts (particularly plastic ones) had white decks and deckhouses. Then I had a revelation: professional sailors have it hammered into their heads that they have to keep a good lookout, despite the availability of electronic gizmos, but amateurs had no such training. So, if you paint the deck and deckhouses white, they are so dazzlingly bright in the sunlight that to ease his burning retinas, he looks at the horizon to ease the pain, thereby being forced to look where he should be looking anyways.
    You have a good point. I originally the deck of my boat a greyish-beige color, Bright side Grand Banks Beige, iirc. Looked great. No glare. Unbelievably hot in the summer. Could not kneel on the deck in shorts if the boat was not n the slip. Had to spray the deck with water before rigging the boat. And it was a fairly light color.
    Finally repainted it white, and just rely on sunglasses for the glare. Huge improvement. Doesn't like as good, but much more functional.

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    Heat from sunlight on the deck or hull is a regional thing. We don't get many days up here where the decks get much more than comfortably warm, even if they are painted a semi-dark grey. However, I get what you are saying - I did two voyages, lasting several months each, through the Caribbean Basin, Central America, and the northern reaches of South America on a small steel ship that was painted dark grey with black decks. I think it was on purpose, to keep the crew busy and on-the-move, because even with sneakers on you couldn't stand in one spot more than a minute or two unless it was night-time or early morning. But, referencing the question I posed to our now-departed KMac, heat gain is not the original reason for painting one's yacht white...
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    Youbetcha.

    One of the local (big) lobster boats is painted mid-grey with black bottom paint and black trim. Other fishermen complain of nearly running him down. Another boat is all flat black with teal trim. He's hard to see on a good day. Some people's children...
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