dsm, there are a couple color options from Lake Bonneville, including some new ones. I picked the gray because its supposed to blend in with more water conditions than others. I'm no expert, but most layout boats have historically been some shade of gray. The water we were in that day was pretty muddy looking, because I set up over shallow mud in waves. Usually it's more clear. That being said, the only birds we had flare were the high puddle ducks that could look down and see something they didn't like, whether its the outline of the boat, a devious hunter laying in wait, or the color I don't know. We still have had great luck with puddlers too, see this pic from a bluebird day before the storm. The real advantage of these style layouts is the super low profile. With the skirt down, it's only 6 inches above the water line, with a diminishing curve shape that blends the edge of the boat in to the water. Any birds that are low, or reasonably low, don't see anything until its too late for them! It also helps that the Bonne boats can have magnets in the hull to hold decoys on top of the boat. My buddy had geese fly in, land and swim around. They didn't get shot because he had already limited. It's an exciting way to hunt!