Sea Ray Hull Colors — SeaRay Finder

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Sea Ray 320

Sea Ray Hull Colors

I am sure you have seen some Sea Rays around the marina or online that have a colored hull. Since about 2004, Sea Ray has been manufacturing boats with gelcoat coloring in their hullsides, as opposed to the standard white gel coat.

2006 Sea Ray 320 Sundancer with a Black Gel Coat Hull.

There have been many different colors since first introduced; Blue, Black, Burgundy, Red, Pewter, Green, Tan and Orange. Not all of these are still available and every few years there is a new color introduced and called a name like “Horizon” or “Patina”, but it remains the most commonly seen colors are Blue, Black and Pewter.

The colored hulls are beautiful and can give your boat a great look, but be advised they do require more maintenance. If a colored hull is not properly kept up, just like a white hull it will begin to chalk and you will see a white haze form over the hull color. With a white hull it will blend in, but with a colored hull it will show much easier.

Photo of 2006 48 Sundancer with Blue Hull in Need of a Compound and Wax. A Collection of Micro-Scratches, Salt Water Spots and Gelcoat Dust That Will Buff Out.

The Same Hull After a Compound and Wax Out of the Water. Beautiful Rich Color with a Mirror Finish.

Sea Ray 320

The above before and after photos can give you an idea of how nicely the colored gelcoat can look if properly maintained. I would recommend a compound and wax of the hullsides twice a year in the Florida climate if it is exposed to any sunlight. You may be able to get away with less if the boat is kept undercover out of the sunlight. If you have one side of the boat in direct sunlight on a daily basis, I would recommend more than twice a yearjust keep an eye on how quickly it fades.

If you keep your boat at floating docks or have access to floating docks or a walkaround lift, it is much easier for a detail crew to do a top quality job. But, if that is not available, you may want to consider hauling the boat to a boatyard at least once a year to have the detailers really do a good and thorough job. If your boat needs bottom paint, I would highly recommend using the time it is out of the water for that to have it detailed.

If there are abrasions or scratches that are deep and when you run your fingernails over them you can feel an actual indentation, it is possible that it will need more than a compound to bring back the color. This is common in areas where the dock, barnacles or oysters have scraped against the hull and gone through the gelcoat layer. To repair these, I would have a competent fiberglass technician with Sea Ray gelcoat experience touch it up with gelcoat and blend in the repair with the rest of the hull. If this is not done properly it will look terrible so I recommend spending the extra few bucks and have an experienced person do it.


In summary, the gelcoat colored hulls on Sea Rays can be beautiful, but be sure to keep up on the detail jobs!

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