I'm going to think out loud here for a minute and see if anybody else has given this some thought or even a try.
A friend of mine recently had a solid navy blue vinyl hull-wrap done on his boat (a 48-foot trawler). It was a very interesting process, and got him a very finished-looking hull for less than a third of the cost of Awlgrip paint. A year later, it still looks great and has not suffered the kind of damage you hear is a problem with vinyl. It updated the look of his boat by about two decades for about $1300 all-in. This has got me thinking.
The 90s-era color scheme of my 1994 3200 SCR is a more than a little bland and dated. And 23 years of wear and tear has left it with rub marks, scratches, and some oxidation. I did a full compound polish last year, which helped a lot, but it's still kind of ... old.
I'd like to update the look and enhance the visual lines of the boat by having a contrasting color on the hull. But I don't want to commit to paint, which requires sanding and priming (thus ruining) the gelcoat (
). A vinyl wrap sounds like just the trick, since it can look almost as good as paint and can be peeled off without damage to the gelcoat if I decide to go back to the original look.
Navy blue is the classic look, but it just doesn't look right with the sleeker lines of a modern express cruiser. It's more of a trawler or downeast look. I love it, but it isn't right for the Maxum.
The admiral has recently been admiring the hull finish on some local euro-style picnic boats which frequent our waters in the summer. One of these has a silver tumblehome hull which is beautiful and looks very expensive (it's an automotive finish, not vinyl). Metallic finishes are fairly easy with vinyl wraps, so...
Silver just doesn't work with the rest of the colors on the boat, which tend toward the beige/pastel end of the spectrum. It's too bright and cold. So I started looking at warmer palettes. Metallic beiges and warm greys start looking like gold really fast, and I don't want my boat to look like an 80s-era Cadillac. The blues gets too vivid when they go lighter and metallic. Reds, yellows, and oranges are a definite NO. My Maxum is not a go-fast or a wake boat.
Which leaves green, in the same color range as my canvas and much of the interior trim. So I did a few quick mock-ups in Photoshop to see what it would look like:
Here's dark green:
That's nice, but too dark and too green. Then over the weekend, I saw a car out on the road that was painted a gorgeous metallic sea green color. What would that look like?
Much better! That looks very nice, and enhances the lines of the boat while not being too heavy. But the big OEM "MAXUM" graphic is gone now, and I kind of like that.
But hey! This is vinyl! I can do any graphic I want with this stuff. So let's do a modernized version of the Maxum logo ghosted in to the stern quarter:
What do you think? Too flashy? Weird?