Hull colours in the 60’s

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    1. What were the most common hull colours in the early 60’s. I am in the middle of renovating 4569 and the available documentation did not have the original hull colour. I would like to use a period colour
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    Oliver Shaw

    Since we are talking about wood rather than GRP,  as many and as varied as today.   Including,  of course,  white.

    One that I recall seeing in the late sixties,  at a West Lancs 24-hour race,  was dayglo orange,  and emblazoned with the boat’s name in large italic block lettering  –  UZKANOPIT.   Clearly “clever” names are not a new phenomenon.

    One colour scheme amongst the many that greatly attracted me when I bought my second GP (white when I bought her) was navy blue,  with white bottom.   See photo attached.   That was an idea shamelessly borrowed from one or two other boats,  and I thought she looked superb.   See photo attached.

    However the gloss was taken off that idea when I saw an even better one,  on an advertising picture (for sailing clothing;   all white hull except for two stripes of varnish,  the upper one broad and the lower one narrow.   That was so stunning that I lost no time when next convenient in refinishing my then boat to this fresh idea,  using 3″ width for the top varnish stripe,  then 1″ white,  1″ varnish,  and the rest white.    See photo,  albeit that this is half-coloured from a monochrome photo.   I then made that my personal colour scheme for each of my subsequent GPs,  culminating in A Capella.    See photos attached of Strait Laced and A Capella.



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    Thank you Oliver.
    By coincidence navy was my preferred choice. I never considered the white below waterline but I do like it


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    My own GP. #5942 and built in 1964 was a rather uninspired shade of green. Not light green, not dark green.. just green



    Currently I have her painted a rather fetching shade of dark Red. “See red” on Kirby’s Pallet



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