Has your hull faded ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DaytonaJohn, May 17, 2019.

  1. DaytonaJohn

    DaytonaJohn Member

    May 17, 2019
    3.0L Mercruiser Alpha One
    I'm boat shopping for a used boat. Many are garage kept and look beautiful after 10-12 years of age. I plan on keeping the boat on a lift. It was suggested that I buy a white hull and stay away from the colored hulls because they fade...with the dark blue being the worst for fading. I've seen 2 yellow hulls for sale that look great, but again, I'm concerned about the fading. With that said, not all manufacturers are the same quality, and I'm told Sea Ray is among the best boat hulls made. That's why I want to buy a Sea Ray. I just want some advise if I should stick to a white hull. BTW, the Sea Ray Plant in Flagler Beach FL was in my town at least 20 years. It closed about a year ago and made some of the larger model Sea Rays.
  2. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_4230.JPG My Yellow Sea Ray faded a lot. All the colors do unless you buy a boat that is painted with Imron or Algrip. White is the best color and yet if you buy a used white boat, you will see the fade underneath the old name you remove from the transom. Wet sanding will remove the traces of the old name. Colored hulls require lots of sanding to remove traces of the old name.
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I've always preferred white. Here's my 24 year old hull. This was taken last fall, and the last wax job was a year before that. I'm getting ready to wax it again.

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  4. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    They all fade, white included. You just don't see it as much on a white hull. White hulls are a lot easier to keep looking nice. (read less work)
  5. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I had my heart set on a blue hull until I started looking at used ones. Unless you keep it in a covered slip and are anal about maintaining it you are going to have fading.
    Just buy chance I came across a Monaco edition which has a blue stripe around the white hull. It was a nice compromise. Because of the stripe being higher up and angled inward for a good portion of it’s length it doesn’t get beat up as much by the sun as it would lower on the hull but it still needs extra attention to keep it looking good.
  6. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    2159F7A4-067C-4F29-BD6A-9C2DFCC343D5.png Depends on the size of boat you’re looking for too.
    A 20-25 foot boat is very different than a 380DA as far as maintaining a colored hull.

    After 12 years, the blue still looks good and has a mirror finish. It takes me about 2 hours to polish below the rub rail.
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  7. M Prod

    M Prod Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Zodiac Cadet w/FCT console Yamaha F20
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    When it comes to boats, “if it ain’t white, it ain’t right”. :)

    Just personal preference of course. More power to those that can keep a colored hull in pristine condition.
  8. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Agree with this - a small boat that is easy to maintain a colored hull is fine - on a larger boat I don't think I would do it. I really like some of the colored hulls, but if the boat stays outside it is very difficult to keep it looking like new. And honestly, I white boat with a dark boot stripe is just timeless and classic.
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  9. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island. N.Y.
    2005 500DB
    2008 205 Sport
    2018 Sea Doo Spark
    Furuno Electronics
    Honda 30HP
    Sea doo 90 HO
    I love the colored hulls but Sea Rays colored gelcoat has been a problem especially the pewter ( ours was pewter)
    I know of 2 pewter hulls (2005) that where painted because of fading
    our hull was so dry at the bow it needed to be sealed at the bow then re primed prior to paint.
    Paint is always better then gelcoat our 2007 36DB was painted in 2008 and still looks awesome today.
    Just wash and wax no compounding necessary
  10. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    My pewter hull is 9 years old and looks like new. I wax it at 3 times each year to keep it up. My prior boat was dark blue. It was very hard to maintain and faded noticeably on the side that got direct sun every day. Another consideration with dark colored hulls is differential fading of gelcoat repairs.
  11. brewster16

    brewster16 Active Member

    Aug 9, 2009
    Long Beach Island, N.J.
    '07 44 Sundancer
    Twin Cummins QSC 8.3
    My '07 blue hull looks beautiful but I have it lightly compounded and waxed every year.
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  12. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    If your looking at older 17-18 footers (like your other post suggest) just find one that you like that's in good condition. It shouldn't be that difficult to keep a boat that size looking good.
  13. 230weekenderUSC

    230weekenderUSC Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Mission Bay, San Diego
    1988 230 weekender
    5.0 Mercruiser EFI with Alpha 1
    Just wet sanded my whole 1987 weekender top to bottom after almost 3 years of no real detail (medical problems limiting manual labor, finally paid). Boat looks better than new, like it literally just came from the mold.
  14. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Geeesh, must be nice. I spend two hours on the transom. :mad:
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  15. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    While all gelcoat will experience 'color change' over time, it's not necessarily the same thing as 'fading'. Technically, sure. But I think we tend to refer to as 'fading' as something obvious and ugly looking. Normal color change, over time, is different. If you're looking at a colored hull that is in good shape (looks good), in the year range you've discussed, then it's likely been well cared for and has had wax regularly applied. Those colors that have faded are because the gelcoat has been neglected.

    We could see a 5-year old boat with faded, disgusting color on the hull side... as well as we could see a 20-year old boat with excellent looking color on the hull side.

    In the end, though, of course white is the 'easiest' as it doesn't show the color change or fading as easily.

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