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Color Commentary


Some go-fast powerboat paint jobs stand the test of time better than others. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Standing on London Bridge with friends and colleagues watching the various big-buck catamarans and V-bottoms head out for the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., last month, I noticed something in our shared commentary. Regardless, of the boat below, everyone had an opinion—and usually a strong one—on its color scheme.

No one talked brand or hull type or power—and among the five of us we could identify all of the boat builders and most of the engines in each model without much effort. Our chatter centered on aesthetics and, OK, a few boats that were filled exclusively with large shirtless men. (Having been on more of those rides then I’m willing to admit, I tried to keep my mouth shut.)

“Look at that thing,” said one member of our group as a cat boasting almost every color in the visible spectrum headed toward the bridge. “Would anyone paint a Ferrari or a Lamborghini or a Porsche like that?”

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