I went through this self-debate when I first painted my boat. I wanted the UV resistance and heat protection of a light color, but I also considered the light reflection into my eyes. The issues of dirt, wear and tear, and boringness also came to mind. I finally decided on a very light beige off white (Sterling Cloud White) and a beige/light yellow for the deck
and cabintop nonskid areas. That was forty years ago, when linear polyurethane
just came out. I am now in the process of painting the boat for the third time in forty years. Fortunately, I was able to score enough paint and hardener, because Sterling has now gone out of production, that I'll get this iteration complete. If I live long enough to have to consider another color, I guess I'll shift to an Awl Grip or something custom by Pro-Line, a local paint company. Color does a lot for a boat. In my case, it has been all good. Easy to live with, pleasing to view, and durable enough to allow me to spend my maintenance time on plenty of other projects. I pity the folks with dark colors, though. Though flashy, a dark blue, green, red or black hull
can be a nightmare. Especially if you don't have a perfectly faired hull
, or if you have to make a repair from where you get scraped or bashed. The lighter colors just disappear, but leave behind a smile......