Many thanks to all of you who sent in comments on the colour schemes,. Much appreciated although as you will see if you read the comments, there is no consensus. Still, it shows that whatever we choose, someone will like it :-).
Vally P would like red, and in many ways so would I, but there is a problem with large areas of red paint, which is that it doesn't cover as well as other colours. Apparently the red pigment for paints is more toxic than other colours and the EC places a limit on the amount of this in a given quantity of paint. Not only does it not cover so well it is also prone to fading or leeching out. You may remember our Richard's red boat which has faded like this.
I like red on a boat and I will have some, but not a whole side.
Another thing I won't be having is scumbling - that wood effect produced by combing a dark brown paint over a light brown. When we first hired boats about twenty years ago, it seemed to be all the rage, then the fashion seemed to go away, but on our summer cruise this year we noticed quite a few boats with scumbled borders. Maybe it's coming back again, but not on Herbie!
My pictures of the colour schemes were a bit small so you may not have been able to decipher the signwriting underneath the word HERBIE. It says GRAND UNION CANAL. I do want some more writing other than the boat name, but I'm not sure what yet. Ideas welcome.