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Gel Coat design round 2, ran out of crayons

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I have drawn this thing so many times I ran out of my fancy colored pencils so my kid showed me how to muttle through "paint", which ended up being quite entertaining.
I took the comments from my first attempt;
-swooshes are out and straight lines are in
-Rub rail location considered
-REV 7 was my try at simplifying??

I came up with 3 that my wife and kids have signed off on, knowing full well what we end up will be different but the same!! Mike will fix everything I have wrong!
which one gets your vote, the difference is in the main body graphic.
Or is it too much/busy? I think my wife just gave up after the 30th or so rendering, "its your dream, I don't really care!" If you can't beat them push them to submission!

REV 5B
REV 6
REV 7
COMPARISON REV 5B, REV6, REV 7.jpg
 

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I was afraid of that, to easy with that paint program,

One vote for "TOO MUCH"
 

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Personally these are too busy for me, but I've been liking more simple designs lately. To me, the lines that start at the bow and then zig zag down in the middle of the boat cut up the lines and make the boat look shorter than it is. Have you tried any versions where the lines from the bow continue all the way to the transom?

At the end, it's your boat so you should get something that you are happy with. If you like the design, then go for it. I haven't seen any Howards that don't have great looking gel, so I'm sure that Mike will steer you in the right direction to get the look you want.
 

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If you like it that’s all that matters.

here are my 2cents (no refunds)

Looks like an 80’s heavy metal concert light show hit the side of your boat.
correct..

Light that paper on fire and start again. :)
 

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I was afraid of that, to easy with that paint program,

One vote for "TOO MUCH"
It’s obvious you want your boat to stand out.
Atleast that’s what I’m getting from your designs.

best way to do that is go with a base color other than white.
Graphics need to flow yours are going in numerous directions. Less can be more.
 

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I haven't seen any Howards that don't have great looking gel, so I'm sure that Mike will steer you in the right direction to get the look you want.
And this is where I should leave things alone!!
 

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Long story behind the purple, however it doesn't need to be overpowering
Can you post the line drawing without the gel schemes on it? Maybe some members will print some out and color them in to give you some ideas..

Tell us this story on the purple.. now I'm curious. :D

RD
 

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It’s obvious you want your boat to stand out.
Atleast that’s what I’m getting from your designs.

best way to do that is go with a base color other than white.
Graphics need to flow yours are going in numerous directions. Less can be more.
It did end up too-stand outish,
I was really wanting different, I have saved every pic I could find of both the 255s and the 288s, there is a commonality in the gels. Probably because it works!
 
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# 7, but eliminate all the forward lines in the center, except the small portion of the orange that is contained in the purple. Have you substituted blue for purple? Also try silver instead of gray.
 

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I actually like the "ZZ" stripes,
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I may add the "Z" continuing across the bottom to bring some length back to the boat.

I like this as a darker orange and not anything close to yellow. All I can think of with purple and yellow is the Lakers
 

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Try to utilize some of this pattern with your colors. View attachment 975854
That is actually the scheme I mentioned to Gene just with my colors, they did a 255 with almost that identical pattern
255 grey gel scheme.jpg


This is where I got the purple/orange,I dont know what it is but I really like this boat
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I think what I am learning, LEAVE IT TO THE PROs
It is fun to play around with.
 

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# 7, but eliminate all the forward lines in the center, except the small portion of the orange that is contained in the purple. Have you substituted blue for purple? Also try silver instead of gray.
I am running from the blues, only because that is what everyone has???
Long story to the purple

I will give that a try!
 

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I think my wife just gave up after the 30th or so rendering, "its your dream, I don't really care!" If you can't beat them push them to submission!
I think the takeaway from all of this, is that if you nag your wife to death about anything you want... eventually they will cave in. Its how I got my bus and my dually. "I DONT CARE DO WHATEVER JUST STOP TALKING ABOUT IT!?#%!?#%!#" haha.
 

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Can you post the line drawing without the gel schemes on it? Maybe some members will print some out and color them in to give you some ideas..

Tell us this story on the purple.. now I'm curious. :D

RD
PURPLE
I drink crown, too much crown. I have been given every gimmicky "purple" crown royal item you can think of from my friends and family over the years. From neon signs to Nascar hats--all purple. Even a key floatie

I bought the boat I have now (20yrs) and it is a white boat with enough purple that everyone refers to it as my "purple" boat.
They said I must have drank too much crown the day I bought it! I actually like the colors, so f**k em!!
I now have every boat accessorie under the sun form dock lines and towels to drinking mugs, swim trunks, and purple sunglasses including a purple pop up and matching chairs, cozies and coolers! You get the picture, One friend actually stole my anchor and had it powder coated purple. Its all in fun!
It has become an annual joke that each year I show up with the "new" purple item of the season.

Last year it was a 3 liter bottle of crown in a purple back pack with "2020 boating season--Fuck Covid" embroidered on it. They don't sell the 3 litres in the US so I got someone off another forum who lived in Canada to buy me one and ship it.

This year it is a miniature purple beach chair the 3 liter bottle sits in with purple LED lights!
I will catch a wraith of shit for it but I guarantee that bottle will get emptied!

Its all about tradition and a good laugh, so I can not show up with a new boat and NOT have some purple, I may need to tale back the "amount" of purple by the looks of it.
Beside I will be able to re use all my purple stuff!
 

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I think the takeaway from all of this, is that if you nag your wife to death about anything you want... eventually they will cave in. Its how I got my bus and my dually. "I DONT CARE DO WHATEVER JUST STOP TALKING ABOUT IT!?#%!?#%!#" haha.
Words to live by
OR
Die by!!
 

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I think the takeaway from all of this, is that if you nag your wife to death about anything you want... eventually they will cave in. Its how I got my bus and my dually. "I DONT CARE DO WHATEVER JUST STOP TALKING ABOUT IT!?#%!?#%!#" haha.
Going forward you might want consider term or phrase “OUR BUS”. Also,You Tube and build thread is outstanding.Incredible planning that will be obvious at completion. 👍
 

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I posted the pic before giving my .02 I actually like the direction youre headed, even if it is not meant to be "vintage"
Thanks
I think the biggest part is I ain't no "baller" with money coming out my ears. This is the first, only and last custom boat I will ever be able to have built, so I figure I might as well make it mine. I had the first one since 01, I will die in the second one! With a cocktail in my hand!! we can always dream right??
 

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My takeaways;

I got off the swooshes from the first try
Now I need to tone down the orange and purple combo to a more subdued accent as opposed to boat color.
In looking at it I did let that get away from me too much.
Reduce the amount of graphics, less is more.

I will tone down REV 7 a bit and see where that goes

REV 8 will be my colors on these 2 howard schemes
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Really just playin around while I wait for my turn, I know Mike will not let it leave looking "ghetto"!
 

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I like the above the best. I think the swooshes going forward look almost like a “tribal” pattern and will date the boat. Keep it simple and timeless and you won’t need to ever do this again.
 

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Get something that you are happy with, don't feel like you are settling. You are getting candid feedback here but it is your decision ultimately. I like some of the latest revisions that have been posted up. I would consider making the graphics wrap around the transom so that it is color rather that white. White transoms are very hard to keep looking clean.
 

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Do you have any idea of how much time I spent on my overly complicated design and then you just bust out 6 different ones that all look better!
The flowing graphic all the way to the rear does make the boat looker longer and sleeker.

Now I am the one choosing!

Thanks!
I give him extra points for throwing teal pinstripes in there.👍😎
 

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Do you have any idea of how much time I spent on my overly complicated design and then you just bust out 6 different ones that all look better!
The flowing graphic all the way to the rear does make the boat looker longer and sleeker.

Now I am the one choosing!

Thanks!
LOL, just goofing around at lunch.
It happens, sometimes you get so caught up in an idea that can't get away from it.
 

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I have drawn this thing so many times I ran out of my fancy colored pencils so my kid showed me how to muttle through "paint", which ended up being quite entertaining.
I took the comments from my first attempt;
-swooshes are out and straight lines are in
-Rub rail location considered
-REV 7 was my try at simplifying??

I came up with 3 that my wife and kids have signed off on, knowing full well what we end up will be different but the same!! Mike will fix everything I have wrong!
which one gets your vote, the difference is in the main body graphic.
Or is it too much/busy? I think my wife just gave up after the 30th or so rendering, "its your dream, I don't really care!" If you can't beat them push them to submission!

REV 5B
REV 6
REV 7
View attachment 975744
I do like the floating orange pins in the purple on rev7
 

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If you’re sticking with the colors, I like the middle version the most. A solid compromise would be that design with the Nordic post colors. It would still stand out and you’d move away from the purple. (Personally, don’t mind the purple but it definitely bothers enough of the boating population that I’d avoid it). Pay homage to the purple with the boat name on the back. Mixture of the name and color.
A member here builds all his boats white and wraps them to speed up resale. He seems to go through a lot of stuff so it must work pretty well..
 

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I think you are coming up with some great ideas.

Keep working and you will find something you will be happy with.

No matter what, some people will like it and others won’t.

No matter what, every design has its time and then with luck it comes back in style again in the future.

I loved drawing up different ideas and like the ideas you are working with.
 
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I think your coming up with some great ideas.

Keep working and you will find something you will be happy with.

No matter what, some people will like it and others won’t.

No matter what, every design has its time and then with luck it comes back in style again in the future.

I loved drawing up different ideas and like the ideas you are working with.
Thanks,
I like that teal on the matte finish.

Hmmmmmmmm!
 

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I have drawn this thing so many times I ran out of my fancy colored pencils so my kid showed me how to muttle through "paint", which ended up being quite entertaining.
I took the comments from my first attempt;
-swooshes are out and straight lines are in
-Rub rail location considered
-REV 7 was my try at simplifying??

I came up with 3 that my wife and kids have signed off on, knowing full well what we end up will be different but the same!! Mike will fix everything I have wrong!
which one gets your vote, the difference is in the main body graphic.
Or is it too much/busy? I think my wife just gave up after the 30th or so rendering, "its your dream, I don't really care!" If you can't beat them push them to submission!

REV 5B
REV 6
REV 7
View attachment 975744
This has got to be so hard. I think they are all too busy and none look like a Howard. I'm a big Howard fan and would seriously consider a 255 once we get thru this virus crap.
 
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Remember sometimes less is more. You don’t have to use the whole palette. BTW...I hate purple and Orange lol. It took the wife and I forever to find a boat we liked mainly because of the colors. If your gunna spend $$$ on a boat, ya better love it. Good luck and lots of good advise on here but you opened up the flood gates of praise and criticism. You will end up with a nice looking boat since you are taking your time with it
 

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Carry the lines around the back. Dont stop them near the back. So they connect port and starboard
Switch the purple to a grey/silver/gunmetal color.
 

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Hold it....go to the molds section. See the dcb 37 #5. Thats the lines you want.
 

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Terminal velocities renditions in post 31 are much better but I still don’t think you are there yet
 

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I agree with Traquer. Simple is better. One other thing to consider, the two back corners take the worst abuse from docking and are likely to need gel repair at some point. Think about the parts that might rub a dock and keep those white or a basic non metalic color that's easy to match?
 
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