For one thing, my husband, Peter, and I couldn't afford to repaint the white hull and navy-blue boot stripe, so these hues would have to be incorporated into the overall scheme. For simplicity's sake, I went with one-part polyurethane paint; a comparison of color charts revealed to me that Pettit had a brilliant line of available colors.
I started mixing. Anything remotely resembling pink or purple got nixed, because although Peter is open-minded, he drew the line at sailing a pink boat. I studied Moroccan color schemes, which I've always loved, and noticed that these palettes were grounded in two or three very similar colors and set off by two or three high-contrast colors. What we finally decided on was navy blue and white, a dark blue, and a medium blue to ground the color scheme. To this we added bright yellow, orange, red, and green. When he saw the color chips on the deck, Peter looked a little green around the gills himself, but he swallowed, turned to me, and said weakly, "I trust you." What a guy!