As you may remember, I’ve gotten myself into a hell of a project restoring a totally wooden drift boat given to me by my good friends at Boulder Boat Works.

There’s been some trials and tribulations along the way, but I’m getting through the “meat” of the project. I am closer to some of the finishing touches and need help making up my mind on a paint job. That’s where you all come in once again.

I’m going to leave most of the boat its natural wooden color, but have decided to give it a little flair and paint the gunnels, or as Deeter says – gunwales. Either way, I’m having a hard time deciding. Below are five choices I’ve mocked up in Photoshop. They are not the exact colors, but mere representations.

What do you think? Go bold or go home? Keep it muted to reduce the possibility of scaring fish? Leave it natural? I’m lost… Help!