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lhg posted 09-07-2000 02:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for lhg  
JimH: Thanks for the new pictures for all of us to look at, but I've got to say, from "MY" highly prejudiced and Whaler purist point of view, that I think Boston Whaler & Mills had it right the first time around. Medium (Pacific) Blue for the desert tan hulls and either Medium Blue or Dark Blue for the white hulled cabin models. That new red & green they're using, for me, just doesn't cut it, look very nautical, or convey the high quality "yachting" look that Whalers have been famous for. Nor do they hold up well in the sun, from what I've seen in FL. Those colors belong more on a Sea Ray or Bayliner jet boat! BW NEEDS to get the much higher quality Mills canvas designs back on Whalers! (No, I don't get commissions or discounts from Mills, but their canvas designs have given me hundreds of hours of boating comfort in my open Outrages that I'd have been wet, cold or both, without, in both tropical and cold weather!) I'm glad that you are letting us order the traditional blue canvas for your Desert Tan Whaler! Hope we get enough money to buy you the whole setup.
bigz posted 09-07-2000 04:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Heh heh -- you a Whaler "purist" Larry!! --- oh my would have never known ---

Actually I think they should have used a dark tan sort of like the old boy scout tents --- color held up well and it looks sort of natural --- like what you envision canvas to look like ---

I don't see that the green is going to fade any more than the blue --- red yes -- green no --- heck if Whales started out with olive drab from Mills --- would you still say that's the only way to go??? chuckle

Just had to comment don't yeah know -- Tom

lhg posted 09-07-2000 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Tom: I've seen some green canvas on newer Whalers in Florida, and the green did not hold up well at all in the sun.

But I agree, I did like the earlier tan canvas that Boston Whaler used until 1978.
I had a little tan (Mills) forward shelter on my 13 and loved it. I used to see a lot of the old tan canvas on the early Outrage 21's.

whalernut posted 09-07-2000 08:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Hey guys, I ordered my Currituck full cover in Tan and have had it for about 2 months and absolutely love it. It blends in well with the Desert Tan and looks very neutral. The Red, Blue, and the Green didn`t look right to me, although the Blue was nice, but the Tan was more me. Regards-Jack Graner.
jimh posted 09-08-2000 01:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
There was plenty of RED canvas in those Portage Entry Marine Rendezvous shots! It seemed like that was almost the theme color.

To be fair, the colorimetry of those photographs was a little strange. I spent quite a bit of time in Photoshop trying to make those Reds come out right, but I never could hit on the right combination.

I think that points to part of the problem. In terms of color perception by the human eye, we are very picky about what we call red, and we are quite broad about what we consider blue.

So that makes the blue canvas appear to stay blue longer than the red canvas appears to stay red.

This is just a theory of my own, but I think the evolution of man's eye and its color perception has been especially honed in the red region of the spectrum because that is the color of life, or blood, and that color perception was by necessity made more keen than others.

But I have come to agree that in terms of a "classic" look, the Pacific Blue is the most desireable color.

Not to mention the endorsement of Jamie Mills that it lasts longer than any other color, too!


tom dondero posted 09-13-2000 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for tom dondero  Send Email to tom dondero     
Shadowcatcher posted 09-14-2000 12:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Shadowcatcher  Send Email to Shadowcatcher     
Put me down for blue, it goes so well with the water and sky condition I like to cruise. Red canvas + red lettering = too much! However, I would love to own a military green Whaler with tan canvas + machine gun! Two of the greatest rewards piloting a Whaler are feeling like a yachtie or being mistaken for a cop.

Great photos from the Rendezvous Jim!


bigz posted 09-14-2000 06:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    

Should have mentioned -- when it's time to re-do the hull finish on our 27 cc cuddy -- going to have her hull gel-coated in bright emerald green with tan graphics and canvas --- heh heh --- assuming we still have her that is and haven't bought a 27 WA --- Tom

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