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Unread 02-04-2019   #21
 
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Yellow is another less heat prone color, as well. I picked up a yellow Hyside last season and itís kinda been impressive how much cooler the tubes stay vs. previous raft colors of ol blue and darker gray ass burners.

Only weird thing with yellow is when rigging on a bright day, before all that yellow gets buried under gear, frame, coolers and people is that when I look away from the boat everything has a green tint until my eyes readjust. Other than that, I like it.
+1 for yellow if you are considering that. I have a blue boat also and notice the blue definitely gets warmer than the yellow. I have no comparison to white, but in case you didn't love white, yellow is definitely an option.

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My boat is "white." It looks more like a very light grey. That might just be dirt and age since it's 19 years old.

It definitely stayed cooler than some darker colored boats.

I almost called it "White Side Up," but feared that it might be misunderstood. With the yellow rub strake, it kind of looks like a bee, so she's now Black Pearl Honeybee. If I have to replace the rubber, I'll probably stick with white.


Does it get dirty? Holy crap yes. I have used a bristle brush with inflatable boat cleaner, and it gets some of the zinc off from my frame. I haven't tried the magic eraser yet; maybe this spring when she gets her next bath.
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I have two Paco pads, one gray and one yellow. First time I used them, I assumed the gray would be the cooler of the two colors, because it seemed lighter to my eye. Turned out that the gray one gets painfully hot in the sun when used as a seat. The yellow one barely gets warm. Wish I'd bought white.
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I understand that yellow may be attractive to flying insects but have a yellow 15.5'er and don't notice it too much.

My gray paco pad is warmer than my yellow boat. Most of my boating is in northern climates, so the gray feels good to sit on. Maybe I need to add a yellow or white pad for southern trips? haha
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I haven't tried the magic eraser yet; maybe this spring when she gets her next bath.
Magic eraser did wonders for cleaning up my white NRS 132-d before putting it away this fall. Sun glare is a real issue especially after a fresh coat of 303.
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I cleaned the boat today after a lower Owyhee trip a couple weeks ago. It was FILTHY. Four Rogue trips last year didn't help either. I pulled her back in the carport to fully dry so I can do the 303 tomorrow.


Lots of elbow grease, some inflatable boat cleaner, and a scrub pad took a lot of the grime off. I picked up an 8-pack of Magic Erasers this week to try them out. I went through almost all of them. Shredded the first one pretty quickly and switched to another way to scrub with the boat cleaner first, top and bottom, and then cleaned the top with the Magic Erasers. We use Magic Erasers to clean acrylic at the aquarium since it doesn't scratch. But the hypalon really shredded 'em quickly. I had got done, started putting things away, and found some more filthy spots. I'm sure I'll keep finding them, but it did seem to really get deeper than just the scrub brush.


The Owyhee trip was the first time I wanted a darker color. A couple 24 degree mornings and a couple mroe 27 degree mornings plus not that warm days.... I put my hands on a dark blue boat and some point and enjoyed the warmth. But for the most part, I like the light color. Looks kind of more gray than white, but NRS calls it white. Looks kind of like a bumblebee, and that may be her new name.
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so all i wanna know is what the fuck is up with that duck???
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Ha! Thanks for noticing. Her name is Shadow. She follows me everywhere!


Last July on one of our Rogue trips, we had camped at Tyee. In the morning as we approached Wildcat camp, another duck swam up to my boat and followed Shadow for a while. I got some of it on video (1:25 if the link doesn't point appropriately). Enjoy!


I was amused to see that the picture Courtney took at Montgomery on the Lower Owyhee a couple weeks ago had Shadow in the picture. I cropped it up so you can see her. Thanks again for noticing. You win the prize!
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Bumblebee is clean now. Definitely looks much nicer. I think Shadow looks happier too.....
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First off white boats are lame, they look lame in pictures and they are just plain boring. That being said I own one, I also have a multicolored boat and I use to have a blue boat. If how hot you tubes get is the main concern consider yourself lucky. First thing, Im hardly ever hot while rafting in Colorado. Second Im not sitting on or touching the tubes much if Im rowing so it doesn't matter. Third, If I'm paddling than bring on the heat, bc that water is barley above freezing most of the time. And finally they are a pain to keep clean, always look dirty. I can't think of any reason to get a white anything for the river. Be bright in colors in everything you own and your pictures will always look better, people can see you easily, in an emergency its better and every other situation its just plain better to be colorful and bright.
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