Possible colour schemes for our skiff

Cream & slate 


Please vote for the colour scheme you prefer, and /or leave a comment below with other suggestions for colour schemes and your preference for contrasting stems/keel or contrasting colour  below the waterline.

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9 thoughts on “Possible colour schemes for our skiff

  • November 5, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Wondering about a pale apple green option, or is that the sage?

    • November 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Vote ‘sage’ and if that is the eventual choice we can fine-tune the colour – which may ultimately depend on the colours available in the paint we decide to use.

      • November 6, 2012 at 1:24 am

        Hull colours always look darker than the sample card as the exterior planking surfaces face downwards. The slate grey sheer plank should be pale if it is to appear grey rather than black at any distance. And hopefully will have real iron pyrites embedded in the surface!

        To paint the keel/stem and /or waterline in a contrasting colour will add to the maintenance liability in future, doubling the time the skiff is out of commission…. and will make the boat look smaller!

  • November 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Your examples are all fairly pastel, and would not stand out well for visibility when at sea, where you would presumably wish to be highly visible – especially from the shore.
    Of the examples the ice blue appeals, but how about a strong red with slate stems and waterline ?

  • November 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I’ve voted for the sage and slate. I also like the catkin, but wonder if catkin or cream might start to look scruffier more quickly than the other colours and think that the sage might be the most practical (?). Looking at the pictures, I do like the effect with the contrasting stems.

  • November 6, 2012 at 11:15 am

    The parchment colour appears more of a neutral green hued colour and looks the most suitable in my opinion. The sage green colour seems too bright and garish. The colour palate ought to be sampled on wood as the colours online will not be accurate representation though.

  • November 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Just been sent this:

    Colour Scheme votes from Easdale School:

    • Cream & slate (slate waterline) 7
    • Catkin & slate 5
    • Sage & slate 1
    • Buttermilk & slate 1
    • Light grey & slate 3
    • Ice blue & slate 11

    • November 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Doing waterlines is a big problem with a clinker hull of this shape. They’re terribly difficult to get right and awful if they’re not perfect, and even then they really don’t work I’m afraid. For practical reasons we should be sticking with one colour for the hull and stems, another for the sheerstrake (top plank).

  • January 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    This is for racing isn’t it? I suggest Ferrari red with Marlboro in big white letters. If you want something more subtle (but do bear in mind you will want to distinguish ‘our’ boat from the shore) why not use a nice shiny gold vinyl wrap which will help it cut through the water faster?

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