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Old 23 October 2007, 16:44   #11
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I was told that black is the most visible colour at sea. That is perhaps why you see black lobster pot flags.
Except at night!
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Old 23 October 2007, 16:46   #12
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I was told that black is the most visible colour at sea. That is perhaps why you see black lobster pot flags.
Or you don't.

Thats why we hate the things......................
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Except at night!
But no colour stands out at night. Black silhouettes well against the horizon at least.
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But no colour stands out at night. Black silhouettes well against the horizon at least.
Well I was thinking that if you where on an upturned hull with a few flares at night, at least you might get some reflected light from a bright colour and would show up in a search light more clearly. But if you think about it logically, what are the chances of being in an upturned RIB in the pitch black of night trying to attract some attention .
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I disagree about the blue - my boat is so bright it makes orange look dull. Maybe in the med you would find a sea to match the colour but my blue stands out very well against the grey!!!
Ill second that . The last sea kayak I had light blue flashes on a bright yellow deck with a grey hull .A mate was watching a group of us from the cliftop through binoculars on a dull day with a very lumpy sea . He said the blue on my kayak was the only thing that stood out and without that he wouldn't have spotted us at all about a mile or so off shore . in that group was a bright red boat and 2 yellow ones .
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Old 24 October 2007, 03:44   #17
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Well I was thinking that if you where on an upturned hull with a few flares at night, at least you might get some reflected light from a bright colour and would show up in a search light more clearly. But if you think about it logically, what are the chances of being in an upturned RIB in the pitch black of night trying to attract some attention .
Yes, that is a bit of a 'glass is half empty' scenario.

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It makes you wonder why North sea rescue boats are Dark blue and yellow sometimes. Why don't they make lifeboats black, or liferafts or the inside of lifejackets.

for your rib You got too make a choice (sounds like a TV ad) You want high Vis plus you want longevity of looks. Don't think the two go together in any colour way other than orange.

For long life and easy maintenance however white hull and dark blue or grey toobs in my experience are the easiest to keep up. Avoid yellow or Red
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Nothing wrong with Red tubes Stuart. The ones on Kohaku where tip top after 10 years.
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You got lucky

I've ssn more red toobs faded than any other colour
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