Visual Proof That Occasionally I Actually Do The Work On My Boat

I primed her with three coats, sanding and filling in small imperfections. This is one coat of Kirby Bronze Green Gloss

I know, does Matt just get people to work on his boats so he can take photos? Well, today Proof that from time to time I actually do some of the work, thanks to Wayne Bomb who this time had the camera.

You can see some of the primer. three different colors to bring out the imperfections.

Two coats of Kirby Bronze green. Oh hell ya, And some Kirby Copper Bottom paint

Proud on the rails

The shots are of the current situation of painting Sweet Pea. And yes we will update you all on the keel strap job, we are getting the straps fabricated and will be ready mid week. So in the meantime. PAINT and my obsessive color hell.

Okay, here is where I need help, or just need to let it go. I put the boot stripe on in Photoshop. This is how she will look. Green Bottom

Or should it be a red bottom.

Or? A Copper Color, which would turn green?

Yes, I know, the green is probably cleanest, and I did try and tint the Green which was a tad blue for my color pallet, and it helped. And I also know it all greys out and turns greener over time so should just move on since 99.9% of its underwater anyway. But hey, asking for internet opinions is comment fodder.

The weather here has been insane perfect for this job, and as well, I can commute to work by analog boat. No Easy pass needed

Life is so simple when you let the color of Varnished Wood dictate the pallet



10 replies
  1. Syd
    Syd says:

    How do we know that you did not photoshop yourself in. Your pretty good you know, lol looking great and I like the copper bottom color the best

  2. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    I prefer one of the contrasting bottom colors. The all green seems a bit bland. The gloss on that dark green is amazing! Applause for the serious prep work, required for that level of gloss.

  3. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    What you really have me thinking about is the Boot Stripe. A lot of newer cruisers don’t bother with a Boot Stripe, so my first thought was “Why bother?” Looking at it further I thought: “Dang it sure is astatically pleasing.”

    I am bottom painting Melody but I realized with white topsides a Boot Stripe would get lost. But, look at this beautiful Trumpy I saw the other day with white topsides and a black Boot Stripe. WOW, stunning!

  4. BT
    BT says:

    Hey Matt, Is that a brand new “Sons of Varnish” shirt that you are painting in? Do you know what those shirts are worth on the world wide web? Does anyone start painting a boat with a clean shirt on? I’m thinking photoshop painter!
    Sweet Pea is going to look spectacular – with the green bottom paint, or any others.

  5. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    I love that green bottom and the dark green hull, very yachty. Whatever you choose, its going to look so different than before.

  6. Randy
    Randy says:

    Those black hull sides sure do look nice, which is why I painted my 1st sailboat (32′ PC sloop) that color, with a white bottom and red w/l stripe. Beautiful combo.

    But the dock I moored her on was oriented north/south, and I was on the west side of the dock. With the afternoon sun here in the PNW directly ‘warming’ that black it shrunk the single plank sides to the point where she took on water for about the first half hour whenever I went sailing until that sun-facing side swelled up tight again.

    Sometime beauty has it’s costs.

    • Mike D
      Mike D says:

      I warned Matt about using dark paint on wood topsides last week. Hopefully he won’t have any issues.

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