Thanks Wayne. See that's the kind of logic I'm talking about. Why paint the masts white when the yard materials would scrap that paint off, makes total sense to me too. To my knowledge I know of no period models of American schooners, pilot boats, cutters or otherwise however if you happen to know of any I'd be curious to see what they look like. But I agree with you the coloring of these ships would be directly related to their function. The Achilles model I posted is really working for me as far as a plausible color scheme, black hull, white stripe, green or white instead of red bulwarks, any exposed wood would be tarred and only in areas where use was constant (upper workings, wales connected to chain plates, stanchions, masts, etc.) As far as decorative colorings only enough for local captains to identify other ships by name and type, a larger ship may have 2 stripes etc.
Edited by CharlieZardoz, 30 December 2016 - 04:50 PM.