Well, I’m really killing this one. I’ve been mulling over and over in my mind how I want my Skiff America to look. I’ve scanned internet images of boat color schemes and striping options. I’ve spent hours looking at all the Skiff America images I can find off google.
Here’s what makes the most sense to me at this point and why.
First the problem:
As I look at all the images, I’m left with one belief. You can either make the boat look good on the trailer, or you can make the boat look good in the water, but it’s hard to do both.
In looking at images of the boat in the water (with people in them), you’ll notice that almost all boats, with little exception, show the aft portion of the lower white stripe below the water line. In fact, you tend to only see the front 1/2 – 1/3 of the white stripe. To me, this makes the boat appear tail heavy. It also makes the lower chine panel look narrow. It makes the boat look like it has less free board and more susceptible to a wave.
A few examples:
I love the look of the uniform white stripe on the trailer, but on the water, when loaded with people and gear, it looses it’s appeal to my eye.
Now, you could raise the white stripe on the aft portion of the boat, but this will only make the chine panel appear even narrower still. So, what to do?
How about this…
Here is a Skiff America that appear to have all one color on the hull. I like this image. The boat looks more massive, taller, with more free board. It looks thicker and better to my eye. You get to enjoy more of the dark hull color. Now whether this boat has a lower stripe or not, I can’t tell from the image, but it gives the appearance of no lower stripe or bottom color, and I like the feel. I’m thinking of painting my boat a dark hull color with one white or tan stripe below the gunwale. That’s it. This simplified paint scheme currently makes the most sense to me. The bow and transom look taller, more robust, more solid. Less catchy, but visually more imposing. This paint scheme would also be easier to maintain when it comes time to touch up or repaint.
Now that I’ve offended everyone with a traditional paint scheme, let me say I’ve never seen an ugly Skiff America…well, there was that all white one, but most have all been beautiful. And, color is such a personal thing. We all dress differently, our homes are decorated differently and our cars are different colors. The point is, you get to choose what color you want. I love the fact I get to choose and I get to live with the consequences of that choice.
Don’t take me too seriously, tomorrow I might flip back, but this is my current mind set. What colors and paint schemes do you like?