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What Are the Most Popular Boat Wrap Colours?

Vinyl wrapping your boat is a practical alternative to painting in enhancing the appearance and protection of your boat’s hull. A vinyl wrap can be very cost-effective, durable, low-maintenance, easy to install, and easy to remove. The risk of damage is minimal each time you want to change the wrap.

Whether you’re shifting from paint to vinyl for a fresher or more unique look, we thought it would be useful to do a quick post about what we find are the most common colours to choose, as we are often asked for advice when a customer is choosing.

Here are the most popular boat wrap colours we have come across:

1. Gray/Silver

If you want to give your boat a unique but still tasteful look, grey is a good choice. This colour is never flashy and radiates maturity and calmness. Grey has a quiet strength that some people find appealing---an attribute that may be associated with you.

Silver can make your boat stand out in the crowd while looking sophisticated. Its metallic shine is often linked to futuristic concepts. This means silver might be considered if you want to present your modern outlook and sense of innovation.

Check out some of the many wraps below we have done in greys at various places like White Bay 6 Marine Park in Rozelle or Marina Bayside at Taren Point

Video of "Beluga", a 35m Moonen superyacht undergoing a vinyl wrap and coating by our team in 3M Gloss Storm Grey G31 at The Yard in Brisbane.

2. Blue

Blue was voted as the most favourite colour in the world in 2017. And the 2020 colour trends have been dominated by shades of it.

Suggestive of the oceans and skies, blue derives tranquillity, peace, and resilience. It’s the perfect colour if you consider your boat as a refuge from the bustling metropolitan life.

Often a boat is already blue, as that was a fairly common gel-coat colour, and this has faded and oxidised badly in the Australian sun. However, the owner loved the original colour, and just wants to go back to that "boat blue" look. Thankfully, 3M has a colour called just that...G127 Gloss Boat Blue and this is one of our most common colours to use.

Below are some of the many boats we have wrapped in various blues over the years at places like Sydney City Marine and Marmong Point Marina.

3. Black

“Black is the ultimate colour of power. It gives an impression that you appreciate classic and elegant things and that you’re the person in charge. A dark colour is also helpful in covering stains and tarnishes that can make your boat look old.”, explains Shane Perry, investment analyst at Max Funding.

Black also complements a boat interior that has steel, glass, and other ultra-modern elements.

Below are some photos of again some of the many boats and sections of boats we have wrapped in gloss black. Variations of this of course are carbon fibre black, matte black, satin black and metallic gloss black. The work was done at various places including Woolwich Dock and Noakes Sydney.

4. White

White has always been associated with nautical life. Trend forecasters say that this colour comes with a degree of fastidiousness, which means the boat owner prefer things clear, direct, and pristine.

Most boats are coated in white because this colour doesn’t absorb a lot of sunlight, prevent the interior from getting too hot. Because white is reflective, it is also easier to spot when it's dark.

Below is a photo of a nice catamaran we wrapped in gloss white at Killcare Marina.

"Pineapple Bay" vinyl hull wrap of catamaran in 3M gloss white at Killcare Marina
"Pineapple Bay" vinyl hull wrap of catamaran in 3M gloss white at Killcare Marina

5. Red

Red is usually chosen by people who are outgoing, determined, ambitious, and fun. Or those who want to have those attributes. It only makes sense because red symbolises a zest for life. You probably notice most high-adrenaline movies always features a red car.

According to a scholar on colour theory, picking a red vehicle tells the world that you have something impressive to show them.

Again, sometimes the boat was a red gelcoat which has faded in the Australian sun, and the customer just wants it to look original again, like these Arvor boats below done at The Quays Marina in Pittwater.

Vinyl Wrap for Branding

Wrapping with a graphic that aligns with your brand is a cost-effective advertising method. One branded boat can create thousands of impressions within a year, depending on where you dock and where you travel.

When you cruise around the community where you do business, the advertisement hits the target market. Furthermore, with your vinyl wrap's size and vibrancy, it will be easier for people to remember your brand.

And because it’s easy to remove a vinyl wrap, it’s suitable for advertising during short-term events.

Innovative Marine Coatings is a trusted provider of marine vinyl solutions. We install exterior wraps, interior architectural films, stainless steel boat names, and custom graphics. Contact us now to know more!

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