Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Indescribably Green

"Ultra Lime"?
Hi-Viz? - I don't know what the heck color that is, but it sure is Green!

I shot these from the vaporetto the day after Vogalonga.
The city of Venice hosts a lot of people for the famous "Long Row". Some row local boats, others bring their own - especially if they're coming from European countries that aren't too far away.

In the days leading up to the Vogalonga, you'll see all sorts of boats, and the same is true for the days after. Along the fondamenta in Santa Croce, within sight of the Ponte d. Liberta, there's an area popular with folks who need to hoist their boats in and out of the water. Normally I think it's used to load goods in and out of moto-topos, but when we plowed through the Canal d. Santa Chiara on the day after Vogalonga, the whole wall was rafted with various boats waiting to be hoisted out and trailered away.

For obvious reasons, these two dutch lifeboats caught my eye.

To tell you the truth, I didn't know anyone made marine paint in that color, but then I suppose that if anybody did, it would be the Dutch - masters of paint that they are. Anyone want to give that color a name?


Bob Easton said...

That's the kind of stuff that we call "free paint," as in: It had to be free, otherwise no one would have used it.

The formal name of the color is Ouch.

Gondola Greg said...

Bob, you crack me up!
I've also been told that it's:
"baby puke green",
"atomic green",
and "airport fire truck green".

Tamas Feher from Hungary said...

Hello Greg! I was lucky to see one of those weird-coloured boats, the klinker-planked one, row around Burano on Vogalonga Day. It had a bit of suprise onboard. Will send you the photo tomorrow, so you can add it if you wish.

In my opinion, there is no such thing as a free paint! The boat crew probably had to apply the weird colour scheme of a sponsor to get a few euros of support to finance their hobby and pretend they are happy with their new look. Those boats have more ad markings than a Formula-1 car!