Paint color ideas

Please weigh-in on your choice of paint color:

Choice #1: Viper Bright Orange Pearl

Choice #2: Crayola Crayon Skin Color

We liked the skin color idea so much, that we just went ahead and painted her skin color. Yes, this is an attempt at being funny. The photo above is just the beige colored epoxy micro coating prior to sanding and finishing.

New name for WiTHiN ?

I originally called the prototype boat WiTHiN because I believe that human power is our power from within - and since a human is powering the boat from inside, the boat is also being power from within. I even designed a nice friendly logo to match the curvy prototype boat:

But now, I think maybe the new expedition boat needs a name of it's own. A name and logo that fits better with our awesome, edgy, stealthy new design. I'm just not feeling WiTHIN anymore and I'm open to exploring something new. Some people commented at the lake trials last week that she looks like a bad-ass barracuda or a shark. I played around in Illustrator today with some logo ideas using the Barracuda name and I drew a sort of cartoony Barracuda. Let me know what you think or if you have any ideas for a new name.

In other news, Ken and I are making are way through a long final list of things to finish to get 'her' ready for the second lake trials, and my Vancouver Island circumnavigation with Jordan Hanssen. One of those steps was reinforcing a loop on the bow for an anchor and sea anchor. We wanted to make sure that it was good a strong and we don't have access to the inside anymore, so we used a beefy stainless loop embedded in micro fibers and covered with fanned out uni-directional carbon in the direction most of the force is likely to come from.

There is a bit of carbon tape on the inside, electrical, body work, paint, and installation of equipment / electronics. All in 2 weeks - can Ken do it?

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19 Responses to “Paint color ideas”

  1. # Blogger Adrian McKenzie

    Re Name - what about 'Spirit'? Could be expanded "Spirit of endeavour", "Spirit of Boldness", "Spirit of Within" etc - and it ties in with the stealth look as the name of the Stealth Bomber - is the B-2 'Spirit'

    Just an idea.  

  2. # Blogger Elrey

    Viper Bright Orange Pearl for sure!  

  3. # Blogger Frank Eeckman

    I would suggest an even high visibility color. I would refrain from stripes or big logos or anything that is distracting because it is also a safety hazard -highly striped items are harder to track, i.e. so-called dazzle camouflage.

    As for a name, I do like Barracuda and the logo looks pretty cool too.  

  4. # Blogger Elrey

    With your Barracuda logo, Greg, you could christen her the Miss Charles AndrĂ© Joseph Marie de Gaulle.  

  5. # Anonymous Neville

    Great work Greg! I have been silently watching for a while but thought I might weigh in.

    While I don't like orange very much, it is a very visible color out in the ocean, and the practical part of me thinks that having your craft be seen from a distance might turn some unplanned variable during your voyage into a lifesaver.

    As far as the name... I agree that Within may have served you thus far, and I like the idea of renewing it. "Spirit" is indeed a better name than that of a predatory fish, but I think if you dig a little more you might find something more suitable. Then again.. people have always gone out of their way to name their boats the darndest things.

    Maybe you can reverse-engineer a name by thinking about what a good name would be after you had succeeded. Five years from now when you are telling the story, what would be an inspiring name? Imagine if the Apollo missions were called the Jennifer Missions? What if the first controlled human powered aircraft was called Gossamer Albatross? (Oh, wait... um, well I still liked that one.)  

  6. # Anonymous shorty

    Your boat is looking great greg !!

    If you paint her grey, she will look just like the narco subs (look on youtube for "drug sub"). I'd vote for high visibility orange.

    If she were my boat, I'd call her "spike", because she looks like a railroad spike.

    My 2008 cardboard boat (with pedal drive) looks similar to yours, but I called her Aka Bekko, after the orange and black koi fish. Was able to set the world record for fastest cardboard boat and still hold that title.  

  7. # Blogger john

    I like the orange,as far as the name goes what about Fire Within? One thing that occurred to me the other day is whether you have thought about that massive area of plastic garbage floating out in the Pacific between Van and Hawaii,it supposed to be an area twice the size of Texas,it would be pretty crappy if you got entangled in that mess!! Especially with your prop hanging down below.  

  8. # Blogger john

    This is a link to do with The great pacific garbage patch!  

  9. # Anonymous Anonymous

    name-- INERFAITH

    main color-- day glow yellow with a light crome silver faid out from half way to the tail on the sides from water line

    accent color--international orange,
    on prop,radio,wind generator

    logo-- save our oceans
    A circle with a dolphin swimming around it
    you can team up with a save our oceans group help them fund a clean up and promotion  

  10. # Blogger david

    Hi, am I correct in assuming from the photograph that you have installed the anchor/sea anchor eye on the foredeck?? If so you may want to reconsider as this could pply an overturning moment to the boat and once overturned may hold her in the inverted position. The best location is on the stem at about the waterline.

    Colour, dayglow yellow for the decks and cabin top. Orange may be misinterpreted as a signal of distress when you are not in fact in distress and the yellow will be just as visible.

    Altogether an awesome project, best of luck with the trip.  

  11. # Anonymous Les

    I'd defintiely go with the orange colour...  

  12. # Anonymous dosco

    I agree with the comments about the color, a high-visibility color on the ocean can't go wrong.

    I like the orange, but david's comment about orange=distress could be an issue.

    The comment about "dazzle" camo is good as well, suggest you go with a uniform color.

    As far as names, I've always been partial to the British tradition ...



  13. # Anonymous Anonymous

    I like a bright color, what ever you choose make it so that it is as visible as possible - you know like the '80s florescence on the ski hills.

    As for the name, i like the 'Spirit' Concept - and i like the comment made re: looking back five years on your success.

    What about Aloha Dreams, Aloha, Bird of Paradise, Tropic Tiger, Ocean Thunder, Ocean Emotion, Ocean in Motion, One Ocean, Looking Forward........and on and on! (could be something somewhat political, making a statement)

    Ross, (looking great so far Greg!!)  

  14. # Anonymous Anonymous

    What about WiTHOut, as in without an engine?


  15. # Anonymous Anonymous

    I vote for the bright orange paint, as its a safety thing, and the name "Endurance",[Shackleton] or "Endeavour",[Cook] after the two famous explorers ships.  

  16. # Blogger Russell

    Greg, I have been trained in air/ sea rescue as an air observer, and I can tell you that one solid fluro colour is better than a combination of colours when searching for a vessel from the seat of a high flying plane.
    I have to agree that fluro orange is one of the best colours to see from up there.
    As for a name, it is such a personal choice, that you will know when the right one comes along.  

  17. # Anonymous Geoff

    My choice would be Viper Bright Orange (of the two you offer. Guess you have considered the dynamics of the ocean re: small craft. Roll-overs will be consideration (i.e. seat & shoulder restraints needed?). Also roll stability via possible (inflatable?) outriggers vs. the extra drag and weight involved? Hope you will consider carrying a "reporting GPS" transmitter on the boat for tracking, plus a 2-person inflatable raft with ELT and strobe for ditching security. Is anyone sagging you in a boat for food/water supply if you exceed 100 days at sea? Also hope your window ports are UV glass and/or have film applied inside for sun protection. Very secure and tight-seal interior dogging of all windows and hatches will be essential for open sea. Also a good strobe light for night protection from shipping while you are sleeping. Having a small, stowed, step-able mast and windsurfing sail for emergencies might be useful. Also shark repellant. Golly, you might have to upsize the boat for all this stuff, eh ??!
    Geoff - Huntersville, NC (USA)  

  18. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Something about that color reminds me of "NEMO".  

  19. # Blogger James Risdon

    Paint it in the colours of the rainbow, multi-coloured, and call her Espoir.
    Your project is about hope. Hope in the potential of people. Hope in motivating others. Hope in your own ability to achieve something never before accomplished.
    Since Canada is a bilingual country, calling your boat Espoir would signal a hope for unity within Canada.
    As for the colour, I suggest you paint her in the colours of the rainbow. In biblical symbolism, the rainbow was a symbol of God's promise. And, of course, in folklore, there is always the symbol of the pot of gold, or good fortune, at the end of the rainbow.
    Aside from the symbolism of the rainbow, it seems to me it would be wise to paint the boat many different colours so that if something should go wrong, the boat will be very visible. An orange boat may be scarcely noticeable if the setting sky is orange. Ditto for red. The sea is, of course, alternately blue or greenish. And the sun is yellow. But nothing on the surface of the water is rainbow-coloured. For this reason, no matter what happens at least a portion of the boat would be visible to searchers and this would increase the chances of you being saved in time.
    For reasons of safety, I think you should go with several colours.
    For reasons of symbolism, I think you should go with a rainbow pattern.
    And to express your hope in all things, I suggest you call the boat Espoir.

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