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Old 23 October 2007, 07:07   #1
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Rib Colour Choice

Decisions decisions!

Trying to spec a replacement rib.

Done all the easy stuff, Manufacturer, engines, electronics, seating etc but now onto the difficult one, colour!

This is made even more difficult, beceause the boat is for a dive club, and trying to get consensus is a bit like hearding cats!

Does anyone have a nice simple line drawing of a rib which I could fiddle with in paintshop then present a selection of options to the club?

Don't suppose any of the manufacturers web sites allows you to play with colour combinations on the screen (click here for hull colour, here for tube colour etc)?

Failing that I'm busy printing lots of pictures of the various combinations available, so many thanks to all who have contributed some excellent photos.

We are a little tight on budget, so may stick with the default white hull rather than pay extra for colour. Anyone got one a few years old? How does white stand up? To be honest, the boat will be babied, always washed after use and dry stored, so I suspect it should be fine.

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David
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Old 23 October 2007, 07:12   #2
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Old 23 October 2007, 08:03   #3
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I would have thought that boring Grey would be suitable for a club dive boat. With al the abuse it'll be getting, bright colours ofter need regular attention to keeping them clean.

You can get different shades of grey that would and could look good if played around with. You could always design specific one off wear patches that could be shaped into interesting patterns.
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Old 23 October 2007, 08:11   #4
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Yebbut, being hardcore, roughty-toughty types we want something visible to the helos when we inevitably tun it over in the mountainous seas we regularly dive in.

David

ps, All of the above is a lie, anything over a 4 finds us cowering and whimpering in a pub. Do still want the boat nicely visible though.

Parm, good link, thanks.
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If it's being upside down that worries you it's hull colour that matters. Get an orange one. As for tubes bright colours oxidise quickly in the sun and need protection - if the boat is stored indoors it's not too bad though. Avon grey seems to be the best of the lot!!!
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Then change the hull colour to Orange! If you do turn it upside down you won't see much of the tubes anyway.
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Old 23 October 2007, 08:47   #7
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Get them to black gel 'Oh Feck' into the hull before they add the orange. Backwards, of course.



If you are really concerned about being spotted in an emergency, then greys, blues and white are out for tube colours.
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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!!!
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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!!!
Next time you are out in that Force 9 we will ask the SAR helicopter to take a camera just to check
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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.
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