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peteinsf posted 05-08-2015 11:12 AM ET (US)   Profile for peteinsf  
Hi All. The 90-percent-travel-for-work period in my life is over--10 years, ouch--and it is time to re-coat the Challenger 25. She is Challenger serial number 1 in my understanding. The park service left her in a lake that froze over after her ending patrol season (2002) and the gel coat has close spaced vertical cracks. I lived with it but now I want to spruce her up. My only [concern] is that Haze Gray gelcoat looks a bit Baby-Blue-ish and dated.

What gray gel coat colors replaced Haze Gray and when did CPD retire it for a different tone?

It looks to me like they switched from a blue-gray to a non color tinted gray. Also, was Pantone Gray just used in recreational models?

Any suggestions?

jimh posted 05-08-2015 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
On the topic of shades of gray: I do recommend finding a very neutral shade of gray, without color tint. Last summer I repainted the interior walls of my garage with a paint whose color was called "Urban Gray." It looked good in the store and on the color swatches, but when it dried on the sheetrock walls over a white primer base coat, that Urban Gray had a rather noticeable violet tint. Compare at:

As for limiting yourself to a particular shade of gray used by Boston Whaler, I'd ask why you'd restrict yourself that way. If you find a nice shade of gray you like, just use it, and don't worry if Boston Whaler ever did.

peteinsf posted 05-09-2015 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Hi Jim. I still want [the CHALLENGER 25] to look like a factory Challenger. I have seen some bad color selections on classic hulls and they always seem odd looking to me. Maybe on a Temptation. I am sure I can identify a factory color that works.
Binkster posted 05-10-2015 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Binkster  Send Email to Binkster     
Jimh. Not to get off topic, but when you paint sheetrock that is new and unpainted or previously painted there is no need to prime. Two moderately heavy coats of the finish coat will do the job. Sheetrock primer is a misnomer pushed on inexperienced painters by the paint store. My experience comes from managing Sherwin Williams and Glidden paint stores, and owning a commercial painting business back in the sixties on Long Island.


Whalrman posted 05-10-2015 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalrman  Send Email to Whalrman     
Get ahold of Chuck Bennett at Boston Whaler I'll bet he can point you in the right direction.
boatdryver posted 05-11-2015 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Hi, everyone. Is this a Challenger?

I like the business-like look of this design. I could see making this into a pocket cruiser for the Pacific Northwest.


Jeff posted 05-11-2015 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     

No, that is 25 Revenge Hardtop

Jeff posted 05-11-2015 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
Here is a 25 Challenger php?12673-25-whaler-challenger-(guardian)-rebuild

peteinsf posted 05-11-2015 04:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for peteinsf    
Nice find Jeff,

Yes that is a Challenger 25 and with the Whaler Drive option. I have never seen one with that before.

My cabin door is smaller and centred (like a Revenge) and there is a port and starboard flop down pilot seat.

Also mine lacks the dive doors.


jimh posted 05-13-2015 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
ASIDE to RICH: my garage walls were a mixture of new sheetrock, installed to replace the damage done by a family of squirrels that moved into the garage over the prior winter, and existing sheetrock, already painted years earlier in a variety of colors, apparently chosen on the basis of 'hey, we have a little bit of this paint left over, let's put it on the garage wall."

We applied a good primer coat using KILLZ paint so we could have an expectation of easier coverage with the finish coat. As for the color tint of the URBAN GRAY shade, it seems to be slowly losing its violet hue as it has dried. After about a year, it looks mostly gray now. The day after it was applied, it looked like a light mauve.

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