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Old 16-08-2010, 18:46   #16
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I'm coming to market this fall with a must have anti-whale paint for your boat bottom. It sends out ultra low frequency emissions to ward off the whales. You will die if you do not buy my product. I am taking pre-order deposits now via pay-pal
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Old 16-08-2010, 19:42   #17
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I have no idea about whether or not the blue or black bottom paint would look like a whale that needs attacking or not. But it seems like the arguments against taking a precaution are simply someone enjoying an argument. I am aware that whales have attacked boats. I'm not goint to look back thru old emails, but it's been mentioned in this thread already.

But I do recall a thread here where a USCG rescue helicopter pilot (I believe he was the pilot) contributed a long and informative post about his work. In it he said something like, "paint your hulls anything but blue or black. Makes them nearly impossible to see from above (when capsized)".

Unfortunately I had forgotten that post when I bought the can of paint waiting to go on my hull. Nonetheless, I'm considering going International Orange for the keel and maybe 12" up from there. A two toned bottom job.
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Old 17-08-2010, 09:05   #18
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I'm considering going International Orange for the keel and maybe 12" up from there.
If you know of an anti fouling paint that is available in International Orange, please post it here. I've never seen or heard of one.
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Old 17-08-2010, 09:20   #19
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I think I'll paint "BOAT" in big white letters on the bottom of my black-bottom painted craft. Easily seen my 'copters if inverted, and by whales when right side up.
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If you know of an anti fouling paint that is available in International Orange, please post it here. I've never seen or heard of one.
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Yellow would make more sense. Red is the first to fade from the spectrum and become a shade of grey. The yellow is visible to around 30 or 40 feet, deep enough for a whale to see it on the way up.

And there is a reason all those old mae wests were yummyumm yellow... easy to see in the water from above as well.
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I think I'll paint "BOAT" in big white letters on the bottom of my black-bottom painted craft. Easily seen my 'copters if inverted, and by whales when right side up.
Good idea. I was thinking: "Please land and knock to see if we are OK"

If thats too many words: "Please invert"


Or would that make the pilot loop-the-loop?





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Old 17-08-2010, 23:05   #23
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Guess I should've specified, "Anti fouling paint suitable for use in saltwater."
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Pettit Paints

This has been around for a while. Lots 'o colors
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I think I'll paint "BOAT" in big white letters on the bottom of my black-bottom painted craft. Easily seen my 'copters if inverted, and by whales when right side up.
That's the best idea I've heard all day. In my experience working with marine mammals, they all demonstrated excellent reading ability. Not so sure about the pilots, though...
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If we really believe that whales pay any attention to colors- perhaps I should paint my bottom like some big sea snake or other highly venomous species...
Should be easy to spot if inverted.
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That's the best idea I've heard all day. In my experience working with marine mammals, they all demonstrated excellent reading ability. Not so sure about the pilots, though...
I think a pilot whale would be able to reads about as good as any other whale. Yesterday I couldn't spell "pilot", today I are one!
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I was at a wedding last night and a guy got his bottom painted bright red and in the caption (it was on one of the gallery things) it said "now whales can see us".
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