Saturday, August 29, 2020
____________________ WHY PAINT A BOAT YELLOW ? ___________________
Some may think that painting a boat yellow is somewhat counter intuitive and some what un-nautical. Classic white, various shades of blue or grey, and black for work boats is more the traditional norm and with the modern mass production of fiberglass boats, white hulls have become pretty ubiquitous.
One day while I was restoring my Zephyr and toying with the idea of painting the boat yellow I heard on the National NZ concert programme the announcer (when introducing the next piece of music) say that whenever he hears a Bassoon sonata or concerto he is convinced that the Bassoon is smiling!
That's how I feel about yellow - it's a colour that is always smiling.
So now I have a yellow boat. The colour yellow is happy and bright and positive and cheerful and reminds me of the sun and summer. It puts a smile on my face.
To date the colour record of sailing boats I have either built, purchased or restored in both timber and fiberglass has been:
Blue - NZ 'P' Class "Panic"
Red - NZ 'P' Class "Elusive"
Red - OK Dinghy "Okere"
Blue, Grey, White - 30' Yacht "Mariner"s various colour iterations.
White - Restored NZ 'P' Class "Dart"
White - Restored NZ Starling Class (Sold before I could decide on a name).
Black - Restored fiberglass clinker sailing dinghy "Scout"
White - Laser "Echo"
Yellow - Restored NZ Zephyr Class "Slipstream"
Other boats have included various yacht tenders (all white) a blue sea kayak and yellow and white inflatable dinghies.
At the moment I own three sailing dinghies, a 30' yacht and it's dinghy tender - Five boats which is quite enough boats to be going on with. If I had more sense I would get rid of three of these especially as I am close to beginning a new build (watch this space).