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Date Posted: - Friday - 04/ 2/10 - 1:19am
Author: Dan M32 #36 Independence
Subject: Dark hull
In reply to: kaizen m31 #148 's message, "anyone have a heat problem with dark hull paint." on - Wednesday - 03/31/10 - 4:57pm

I've been struggling with that question for quite a while. There was a thread on the Cruisers Forum adout dark hull colors and a lot of people were convinced it was a bad idea in the lower latitudes. But there were a few that had dark hulls and were in the tropics and said it wasn't a problem. I've decided to paint my hull dark green because I like it. Since I live in the NW like Craig it's actually an advantage to have a dark hull. I also have a San Juan 24 that I painted dark blue about 9 years ago and it does help keep the inside drier in the winter. I guess I'll find out if it was a good idea if and when I ever go south. Mariners also have the advantage of an insulated hull. The deck should be kept a light color.

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[> Ask me next year -- Jared Kibele, - Friday - 04/ 2/10 - 11:48am

Architeuthis also has a dark green hull. We're heading for the tropics next November (Santa Barbara to Mexico, French Polynesia, possibly Samoa and then on to New Zealand). Maybe we'll be boiled alive (as suggested in that Cruisers Forum thread) but I doubt it. As Dan pointed out, the Mariners are better insulated than most boats. I know that a friend with a Catalina 34 struggles to keep his boat warm during mild California winters while Architeuthis is nice and warm while running the same little electric heater about 1/4 as much as he does.

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