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    Hello all,
    I've done a search on the this sub forum and found this has been talked about before, but nothing very recently. And given how fast technology and materials change, I thought I'd ask again.

    I'm looking at buying a 26' Caribbean daycruiser. I've been trying to find one with a white hull but they're few and far between. Heck, these boats in general are few and far between! So I've found one with a cream colored hull, see just below for picture. I'm not a fan of the hull color, or the other colors, so I'm looking at doing something like the second picture down. Maybe black instead of brown, but for sure I want white on the hull. This would include the top of the bow, and the cabin, and the area above the gunnel (top half of the boat).

    I know a lot of people are painting these days, but I'm really concerned about the strength and durability of paint. From what I've read, gel is stronger but much more labor intensive to color sand and polish. I've read that prep is about the same. If anybody is willing to venture a guess on cost for either, I'd appreciate that too. I'm also trying to determine whether it's better to hold out for a white hull boat, or painting really is a viable option.

    Here's the kind of duty this day cruiser will see: About 10 different outings to the ocean throughout the year (boat parades, random days cruising the harbor), and about five 4-10 day trips to Havasu, Bass Lake, River, etc.

    Thanks!

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    This is the look I'm going for with the white hull...

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    110 Views and nobody has an opinion?! Wow

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    Ok- I'll bite... In answer to your questions. Some things to concider. If you plan on leaving your boat in the water for more than one day, forget about paint as it will bubble and peel. That's why there is Top sides and bottom paint. Most paint jobs are cut and buffed if you want nice even gloss, so while gel is more work, in the end it's sorta the same. Cost, if you are taking it to someone to be done, you will have more in it than what you probably paid for a hull like that. Both good paint and gel jobs are not cheap. I'd guess you will be looking at least 4k if not more.
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    Wow, more than one day in the water and a painted hull starts to bubble?! I'm shocked by that. So basically, your saying that nobody would/should paint the hull of their boat, cause most boats will be in the water longer than a few hours.

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    I asked the same question. Several people I trust said either they had first hand experience with blistering and peeling or had seen it happen first hand. If you look on the big boat paint web sites, you will see that they don't use the same paint below the waterline that they use up top. There is one epoxy that is only available in white and it is matte. It is used on racing sailboats and otherwise all the rest is antifouling paint. All the autopaint reps I talked to didn't reccomend using urethanes for constant submersion. The race boat guys use it, but they don't leave their boats in the water for multiple days. I'm sure that other people will call me out on this, but I sure wouldn't want to go to all the trouble of prepping and painting and have it blister. Plus materials alone probably are over 1200-1500 bucks. -disclaimer, Your mileage may vary, reccomended for use by professionals only!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed of Heat View Post
    Ok- I'll bite... In answer to your questions. Some things to concider. If you plan on leaving your boat in the water for more than one day, forget about paint as it will bubble and peel. That's why there is Top sides and bottom paint. Most paint jobs are cut and buffed if you want nice even gloss, so while gel is more work, in the end it's sorta the same. Cost, if you are taking it to someone to be done, you will have more in it than what you probably paid for a hull like that. Both good paint and gel jobs are not cheap. I'd guess you will be looking at least 4k if not more.

    hmmm, must be a salt water thing? 73 sanger sat every weekend in the water (75-89) and not a problem back when i was skiing, sold it last year and paint was good, stripe peeled but that was bad clear that peeled not paint.

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