Summary: Black hull, black superstructure, cream roof, lined in white and red, with decorative panel for the engine room.  Data panel to aft next to the door and name plates to the sides along with armourial.  Bow to have white panels, aft to have red, in both cases an element will be refective. 


Before I get in to the detail on this section I really should state this section is more about personal preference than any hard or fast rules about colour although there are some practical (and a few less so) considerations behind my choices.

I've chosen to use the term livery to describe how a craft is painted, and generally I mean the paint above the hull.   Occasionally I will also refer to lining meaning the stripes applied to the sides, and occasionally panels where the sides are broken into painted sections.


Red Livery
A very popular colour choice which when done well can look very neat especially when combined with another colour such as the one seen here with a blue background.  Perhaps it's the need for a contrast colour and thus increased costs in terms of applicaiton that have me reluctant to sconsider this.  There is also my concern over damage to the paint with fading over time creating a risk of paint mis-match.  It's very populatory especially with rental boats also has me looking elsewhere for a colour.



To my eye, this can look stunning when done well with a slightly off-white especially when lined out in gold.  In hot summer's this can be more practical than the darker colours in terms of reducing the heat build-up on the surface.  My reluctance to use this is a very practical one concerning damage, and colour matching, there are many shades of white, along with the damage caused when brushing against vegetation or mooring under trees where 'green' will be a rapid addition to the paintwork making it look tired very rapidly.  I think I am looking for a lower maintenance colour scheme.




Another popular choice for good reason, and available in various shades of blue.  As mentioned before my concern relates to maintenance of the colour over time.



Everything I have said before with regard to red and blue craft applies here, but I must confess a personal preference away from this colour, although as can be seen here it can look quite nice when well done.


Green boat
Of all the colours this and red seem to be the most popular, despite all the issues with paint matching.  It has the benefit of not showing the 'green' attacks, and for me looks very smart reminding me of steam engiens when lined out as here.  Curiously for such a popular colour it is also supposed to be unlucky.  Apparently painting baots green brings bad luck, or maybe this does not apply to narrow boats?



I accept this is very much personal preference despite my attempting to justify it with my previous comments, but I think black is the way to go.  I know it will be hot to the touch in the summer and hot inside although the latter can be mitigated by painting the roof cream and running canal water over it when we have extremely hot weather.  I also realise it too can get 'greened' although it is less obvious unless left too long.  However, the main benefit, that outweighs a lot of the negative is the ability to touch up the paint with out it being obviousl as there is only one shade of black.  I think it also looks very smart too.



060 2013 swanage railway swanage ex lswr m7 class 30053 br lined late crest
I'm not going to get in to a long discussion on lining, mainly as my information is largely from seeing other craft and referencing how lining was applied to locomotives.  For this boat I'm inclined towards one of two schemes.  Either a single gold line, or BR lined black.  If I have a worry, it is that the gold will be tricky to repair and costly to apply, and may look a bit 'tacky'.  Lined balck on the other hand, whcih is actually a white stripe, space for background, and then similar size red stripe inside, while taking more effort to apply can look smarter.  Again, it's very much a personal choice.

For me there are two type of panel, 'data' and 'Decorative'.  The data panels are about single sorce of easily referencable information, whereas decorative  panels are a treatment applied to a section of the craft.

Data panel
          Example data paneldata panel
This is not really a Narrowboat feature, but borrowed from the rail industry, more recently diesel and electric locomotives.  Using the illustration, the 'class xx' would be replaced with the craft's name. followed by the number.  Below this in the main area would be the length, width, air draft, and draft, and BSC renewal date.  The panel location would be at the rear of the boat adjacent to one of the doors.  
Decor panel
decor panel
The area where the engine would normally live would be large enough to display a decorative panel, and given the proposed name of the boat (Washingly Hall) it would be useful to have an image of the Hall with the name above.  As my aritistic skills with a brush are limited I may well resor to the use of vinyl graphics for this.  The only othhr imagery being deployed other than the name plates would be the Washingly arms, of Ermine a chief indented azure with three fleurs de lis argent therein.


As already mentioned, funds and time permitting it would be nice to commission brass nameplates for each side with the name of the craft.  These would be better straight than curved and initially will need to be vinyl.
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