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Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by Simon Sexton, Aug 9, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Simon Sexton

    Simon Sexton

    Joined Nov 1, 2017
    255 posts, 93 likes
    Catalina 25 Tall Rig
    Valiant US Watergate Marina, Kemah, TX
    Hey Everyone,

    I know I've been off the forums for a while. I've really been so busy with...well, life, that I just haven't had much time for this. However, I've managed to get some free time as I'm going into college this year, and am so excited to hear experienced answers to my inquiries! Today's (tonight's/this morning's) question is about the stripe design I should decal to the top of my Sunfish. I've sanded it down and removed all the hardware; all there is to do now is gelcoat and paint! The plan is just to keep the overall topside paint simple and just go with white, since it's a bit cheaper and more readily available than a colored paint. Thus, the aesthetic appeal will be mainly shown through the correlation between the colors of the sail and the stripes on the deck. My sail, however, is not one color:
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    But is instead multiple. What color do you think the stripes should be?

    God Bless,
    S.S.
     


  2. DougM

    DougM

    Joined Jul 24, 2005
    1,499 posts, 129 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Manistee, MI
    Forget the stripes, they won’t make the boat go any faster...
    actually your choice, but since the dominant color in your sail is blue, maybe that would be a viable option.
     


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  3. capta

    capta

    Joined Jun 4, 2009
    2,512 posts, 677 likes
    Pearson 530
    na Admiralty Bay, Bequia SVG
    Why not sail her for a season and perhaps she'll let you know what colors she'll want? Every boat has a personality, even a Sunfish. If you allow her to, she will tell you lots about what she likes and doesn't.
     


  4. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,897 posts, 2,061 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    :plus: With @capta. Listen to your boat. She may be a flamboyant Red always fidgety or a cool Blue smooth to the touch.
    Sail her a bit.
     


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  5. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,744 posts, 1,170 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    :plus:

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


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  6. Scott T-Bird

    Scott T-Bird

    Joined Oct 26, 2008
    3,380 posts, 483 likes
    Starwind 27
    US Barnegat, NJ
    I would be bold and go with a magenta stripe - definitely! Blue is my favorite color but in this case it is simply too predictable to put on the hull - besides the blue is perfect as it is on the sail and sets the sail apart nicely. I don't like purple so much. If you want the hull to be a solid color, I would do yellow (but I don't like a yellow stripe - too weak). I'm not a designer but I did get a good night's sleep last night! :biggrin:
     


  7. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,744 posts, 1,170 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    The best credentials I can think of, right there:thumbup:.

    - Will (Dragonfly)
     


  8. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    1,673 posts, 565 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    I like to be highly visible on the water. If going for a colored sail I’d choose something fluorescent

    Les
     


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  9. Brian S

    Brian S

    Joined Nov 9, 2012
    2,335 posts, 146 likes
    Oday 192
    US Lake Nockamixon
    The original stripes for a Sunfish are dual width. Here's a pic showing one color option: Sunfish 1.jpg

    And you can see a great example of one that uses blue and red in the stripes: sunfish.jpg

    When I decided to build a stand up paddleboard last year, the Sunfish stripes were my initial idea. But after building, they didn't work for me. I did some research about racing stripes on cars, and learned they were primarily about being recognizable for the individual driver, kinda for sponsorship purposes, and not so much functional. There's a wide variety of stripe patterns, and I looked at many pictures. Here's what I finally decided to go with. Note also that the SUP doesn't look too much different than a Sunfish :D IMG_1691.jpg
     


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  10. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,897 posts, 2,061 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Case on point.
    At the helm Mahalo.JPG
    Les in command of his Catalina 36, Mahalo.
     


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  11. capta

    capta

    Joined Jun 4, 2009
    2,512 posts, 677 likes
    Pearson 530
    na Admiralty Bay, Bequia SVG
    That just looks so cold and uncomfortable. I hope there is some warmer weather in your future.
     


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  12. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,897 posts, 2,061 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Granted that was during our March 2018 cruise. We had a smorgasbord of weather conditions that took us from T-shirts to dry-suits. Nothing like sailing in winter. Currently we have been blessed or cursed with temps in the 90's. Still doesn't mean the water is above low 50's.

    I'm going to have to figure out how to come down your way to cruise.
     


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  13. SFS

    SFS

    Joined Aug 18, 2015
    1,457 posts, 431 likes
    Hunter 31
    US Tampa Bay
    Just have Scotty beam you down.
     


  14. capta

    capta

    Joined Jun 4, 2009
    2,512 posts, 677 likes
    Pearson 530
    na Admiralty Bay, Bequia SVG
    Spoiler alert (don't tell anyone else!). Head east until you are due north of St. T., then turn right. You can't miss the lovely warm waters, the beautiful anchorages, fruit-laden islands and tropical breezes. lol
     


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  15. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    2,605 posts, 703 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball


  16. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    1,673 posts, 565 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    That was a pic of my coat. Here are pics of the dry suit and A2. If you look closely you might see some cominality. 5F616EA4-33F6-44F9-ACB4-E7F3FAA230CC.jpeg 3B49FA97-EE24-4742-9E76-9C7470A1AFED.jpeg
     


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  17. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,897 posts, 2,061 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Les... I was being nice. I did not want to let the drysuit out of the bag. You know once on the internet it is there for eternity.
     


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