why are boats always white?

13 Answers

  • mark t
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
    Best Answer

    They really are only a slight majority. If you look hard you will see dark blue, light blue, red, yellow and green, all of various shades. One reason that more are white is cost. It costs more to have a color pigment put in the fiberglass or to paint the boat. Another good reason besides spotting is fading. The darker the color the quicker it fades requiring more buffing and waxing or even a re-paint.

  • jtexas
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    All boats are white. Except of course for the ones that aren't.

    White is an excellent color for a deck, because believe me, in direct sunlight it will be much more comfy on the bare feet than a dark color.

    It's also an excellent color for a hull above the waterline, for visibility purposes. There are of course, other colors that would do just as well, maybe even better since, you also have to worry about seeing the boat against a cloudy sky.

  • 8 years ago

    I dont want to say that most boat owners are unimaginative and conformists...hey,at least they own and like boats.

    But one major human characteristic is herd instinct. So because the "Boat Magazines" show mostly white and dark blue boats & Yachts, that's what you see mostly.

    It is a bit like you only very seldom see a white or black Ferrari - they look fantastic in these colours, but the owners are afraid of being unconform (strange enough with Luxury goods)

    There are some changes in Boats like the Pershing which comes in Black though.

    But the nice colorful old boating days are gone as it seems...look at the old wooden fishing trawlers, painted colorful, being a real pleasure and variety for the eye. Same boring thing with sail colors nowadays.

    So, by adding color to your boat, you can easily and cheaply show some personality and taste, sticking out of the boring blue & white boating world.

    Regarding "Maintenance durability" of colorful colors...what a ridiculous urban legend...as if manufacturers havent learned by now to make them durable ;O)

  • 8 years ago

    It doesn't show water spots like a dark boat does. Lake or sea water always has dissolved particulate matter in it, and when splashed on the side of a boat and allowed to dry, will show dirt and salt.

    Also, with modern fiberglass production boats, dark colors will show defects in the fiberglass a whole lot more. Go to a boat show and sight down the side of a dark color hull and you will notice a lot more ripples and imperfections than a white sided boat.


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  • 8 years ago

    Lack of imagination perhaps, although boats with strong colours tend to date fairly fast. Bright solid colours will fade rapidly but even so look amazing for a while. As much as anything it could be the added expense and effort needed. I guess white never dates, there are plenty of boats with other colour choices although practical necessity tends to have most topsides white in a hot climate.

  • 8 years ago

    Cost of the pigment. Beside it easier to sell a white or off white color than a colored boat.

  • Kenny
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Gets too hot when you are in the boat if it's some darker color?

    Most are exposed to the sun all day.

  • John
    Lv 4
    3 years ago


  • 6 years ago

    it is easy for the coastguard to spot your boat in case of a May Day happened. that is the main reason

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    And WHY are people like YOU always so STUPID that you use "always, ever and never" in your questions and answers. The greatest majority of boats are NOT WHITE.. just the small boats are usually white.. NOTE that I said "USUALLY' and not "ALWAYS"

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