As we plow quickly towards The huge Lake Dora event in just 65 days, Woohoo, we ask the woody boater universe, which Bimini Blue and Dawn Gray is correct? It’s not like we haven’t researched this…to death By The Way! And the good folks at Katzs are fortunate enough to have the original blue on the hull to match. But what is correct?
It seems as if each one of these very rare boats was slightly different. Was that from the factory? We have read that one year was lighter than another, and forget about the restorations. That’s all over the place. Light blue, dark blue?
Since this was a multi phase job, variances can and we are sure happened. It should be fare to say that if you are lucky enough to have some original finish on the boat, then that’s what you match? Right? Did it darken or fade? According to Jim Johnson in a 1984 article said the blue was Royal Gard brand high gloss 310-17. See article below. But there is no Royal Gard anymore. Unless you are matching the hull to a star wars guard.
Also there was a great breakdown on the color from Frank Miklos on the subject. Who laid out that some years were slightly different. Or was it a boat by boat thing?
Here is a photo of an original 55/56 Arabian stern pole with blue opaque stain with gray rub … The rub highlights the grain… This method was used on the 55 and 56 Arabians , but the other later boats appear to have had true stain without the rub…
From what we’ve seen the color close on this one … But It appears that the first 56 was a lighter color. (not as light as the 55 that is around.) But lighter We have two bow poles with original finish.. Both are the darker blue… Century did a wipe with gray over the blue but it only filled the little specs in the grain which highlighted those areas… Brad I did not even think of that but if it works….
One key to going blue you can not use spar varnish… Century used Crystal Clear Boydel varnish on the Blue Arabians… If you use spar the blue will turn green. and the gray will be yellowish… Not very attractive…
SO! Whats the final word on color here? Your opinion is requested. Is there a can or two of a matched Bimini Blue Paint? Gull Gray is findable, and Pettit has a ultra clear varnish.