Painting a New Bootstripe Like a Pro


Have you been wanting to add a bootstripe to your boat but aren’t sure how to do it? Perhaps you have a bootstripe already but need to raise the waterline and bootstripe. Looking around the boatyard for inspiration might not be much help. Many of the bootstripes you see, once you train your eye to recognize the crisp ones from the wobbly ones, might convince you that it is a lot harder than it looks. But it doesn’t have to be. With a patient approach and the right tools, you can create a very professional bootstripe. And once you have it painted it is simple enough to maintain it.

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John Stone
John Stone has been sailing since he was 12 years old. He raced dinghies and MORC as a teenager in southwest Florida and nourished his love of sailing throughout a 26 year career in the Marine Corps. When not voyaging on his Cape Dory 36, Far Reach, he and his wife Gayle live in North Carolina. You can follow his voyages and boat projects, including a complete refit of Far Reach, at