Coloring an all black kevlar kayak?
Posted by: old_user on Sep-24-12 10:59 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I have an opportunity to buy a used all black gel coat kevlar KayakPro Marlin at a very good price. I would like to be a bit more visible on the water, besides putting white/red reflector tape on the boat. Any ideas how to accomplish this?
Thanks for your suggestions
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Posted by: mintjulep on Sep-24-12 11:16 PM (EST)
Hansen brothers method|
Posted by: carldelo on Sep-24-12 11:28 PM (EST)
Puttin' on the foil, coach:
Go with Yellow tape ... |
Posted by: seadart on Sep-24-12 11:38 PM (EST)
black does show up|
Posted by: qajaqer2 on Sep-25-12 8:38 AM (EST)
I have a black boat that is more visable than a white one, which blends in with waves. I was able to spot a friend in a black skin on frame from about a half mile off. We also couldn't find a friend who tipped over in surf with a white hulled boat. Depends on conditions. I'd go with a reflective keel strip before painting.
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Posted by: wavespinner on Sep-25-12 12:41 PM (EST)
I have a black Nordkapp and have put some decals on it. But, as low in the water as it sits, I'm not relying on that, especially in heavy seas. I also use yellow reflective tape on the paddle. Combining reflection and motion at a greater height has a better chance of catching the eye from further away.
Posted by: RavenWing on Sep-25-12 1:29 PM (EST)
buy a hunting or running hat|
Posted by: nickjc on Sep-25-12 1:57 PM (EST)
From the water, a hunter-safety orange hat or dayglow running hat or bright PFD is way more visible than a boat no matter the color. The boat is basically 6" off the water at most so is hidden by even the smallest chop.