I took notice recently of something new that I'm not sure is a good idea or not a good idea regarding hull paint.  It seems all the new boats arrive with white paint or gel-coat.  However,  hull colors of the customers choosing are done in vinyl wrap instead of paint these days.  I was watching a crew do this with an older 27ft cruiser...

I think I was most surprised that the whole process only took a day and a half to complete in the same way cars and busses get wrapped.  While I don't like colored hulls for the heat and added strain on the boat's A/C system, I found the idea interesting...The pictures tell the story...

Brown and Beige are NOT boat colors...but the finished product is what surprised me.  And aside from some trim still to be done... it was for the most part...done in one day!

It looks great now...but what happens after 5 years of sunlight beating down on it?  How do you remove it to start over? How do you clean and polish it?  Someone here must be in the 'wrapping' business to explain.  Got to be WAAAAAYYYY Cheaper than painting. Lots of newer boats are being 'wrapped'.  Maybe all wrong for a "classic" Commander...but if you own something else?? It's an 'option'. 

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Friend of ours wrapped his wake-board boat with his college colors.  Looked great until he kissed the dock one night!  Wrap looks great if you never raft up or bump anything!  Really not a durable finish!

Dave Wilson

42' Commander "Valhalla"

That exactly is one of my concerns. Also concerned with how paint will hold up with rafting as it is inevitable my boat will need to be painted one day.

Dave Wilson said:

Friend of ours wrapped his wake-board boat with his college colors.  Looked great until he kissed the dock one night!  Wrap looks great if you never raft up or bump anything!  Really not a durable finish!

Dave Wilson

42' Commander "Valhalla"

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