Bill Kimley, co-owner of Seahorse Marine, has been in the boat building industry for a long time and has developed a keen eye for what looks good on a boat.
On recent boats from the yard, he has been encouraging owners to consider adding a “mask” around the pilot house area. The mask uses either the hull color or a complementary color to visually lower the height of the boat and lengthen it. This is particularly valuable on boats like ours that have both a large superstructure and tall rigging.
Anyway, we looked at other SHM boats with masks and did a little playing on the computer with the photo editor to convince ourselves that it would look good to us. We did go the conservative route and stick with the hull color as opposed to something a little more eye catching like “fire-engine red.”
Below is a before and after view for comparison.