I have to be a little careful as I sailed on the bank sponsored Farr 40, but did any of you think that the graphic job on the ABN boats was pretty? These boats are ADVERTISING tools period! That is how they are made, paid and sailed.
PUMA has done an incredible job of branding this boat.
As to the color of this boat, I showed the pictures to my room mate who is a very good professional commercial photographer and he starting ranting about the filters and the lighting that the pictures are taking in. He is quite sure that the color is very much like the red suede shoe that PUMA has and features.
Just my thoughts.
I actually did like the ABN boats. Especially ABN1, and your Farr 40, in Black. It helps that the company has a good log, and good colors to start with. Then to map that onto the boats, they did a good job.
As for Puma, they have a good logo too, and in any color they want - I think that the whole "shoe" thing just didn't work well. I think I would have liked it more if the deck had been pink too, and the shoelace holes had gone on deck down the centerline, leaving the freeboard for the logo without as much visual clutter.