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boat and center-console communities but
also with larger powerboats and sailboats,
where sponsors come and go and frequent
repainting is not an option. The durability of wrap is well documented, as is its
colorfastness. Finally, I discovered that
removal is fairly easy and has no impact
on the underlying substrate.
While vinyl wrapping is by no means
the same as a linear polyurethane finish, it
isn’t meant to be. It is, however, an amazingly effective alternative to traditional
paints for both older and newer boats.
After weighing my options, I called
Brad Cole at Prism Graphics in Seattle
and inquired about his interest in this type
of project. It turns out that Brad repaired
the wrap on one of the Clipper racers and
was excited to jump in and wrap our boat.
We discussed options and agreed that the
wrap would be only on the lower part of
the hull, from the rubrail to the waterline.
I scheduled to have Pau Hana hauled out
at CSR Marine in Ballard, Washington,
and get the project underway.
I removed the rubrail and gave her
multiple washdowns to remove salt, oils,
The total haulout was one week on
the hard, as opposed to about two months
for a comparable paint job. The total cost
(haulout, prep, wrap) was $12,000, one-
third what we were quoted for paint. Our
boat looks absolutely stunning, and we’ve
received many compliments. Best of all,
the color wrap and underwater lights –
added as a snap decision while on the
hard – thoroughly modernizes her look
and adds the perfect element of elegance
to a timeless lady.
Peter and Kathy Ricks live and cruise
aboard Pau Hana full-time.
Top: Pau Hana at anchor in her original
livery. Above: The finishing touch was
a cream-colored bootstripe to offset the