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Old 24-11-2010, 15:55   #1
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How Was Your Boat Name Put on the Boat ?

Freehand by a skilled painter?
Hand painted using stencils?
Standard letter sticker to make up the name?
Specially ordered graphic?
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Old 24-11-2010, 15:58   #2
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Old 24-11-2010, 15:59   #3
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This was meant to be a pole but I screwed up

When applying with any of these methods, how did you prepare the surface?

If you got a graphic made links to EU sites would be appreciated

Anyone used these? boat names, boat graphics to enhance your yacht, power boat, dinghy
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The PO used a custom one piece graphic. My preferences aren't that grand but I do like the one piece. The problem I have is the canoe stern makes getting the letters lined up accurately tough, so I'm probably going to go with heavy duty vinyl stickers.
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I used the Boat Graphics (BoatUS Boat Graphics) from BoatUS. Applied following the instructions (don't remember the details, but it was pretty simple and involved only soapy water.) they lasted several years (again, don't remember when I did it, but it was a long time ago. I'm pretty sure they will ship to EU.
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freehand by a not so skilled artist
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We used a self adhesive graphic designed specially for boats.

1. Design you graphic on a computer. If you're not artistic you can still get good results using Word, especially the WordArt functions. Pay attention to spacing between letters as computers may not provide the most visually appealing solution automatically. I usually do about 10 variations of fonts, colours etc. And have them pinned to my wall for a week or so. Once you've decided, print it out various sizes and stick them on the boat to test fit.
2. Then, send the Printer a PDF file of your text, with the correct size & colour.
3. Installing takes about an hour - with most of that time needed to ensure everthing is mounted 'square & plumb' or the nautical equivalent.

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Specially ordered graphic
Ditto on my last boat (pocket cutter). The the forthcoming Coot, it will be painted.
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We used vinyl lettering graphics. It was pretty easy. Just cleaned everything well with soap and water then goo gone and applied the letters as instructed by the lettering company. We used Seamaid lettering (Seamaid Boat Lettering) and Pam was very helpful in design and color choices. I'm sure that she'd mail the graphics to you in EU. Ours have been on for about 3 years in the subtropics and tropics and no sign of problems.

If I had to do it again, I'd do the same thing!

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Ordered vinyl graphics from a place in Seattle on Westlake Ave.
I forget the name of the place.
Would do it again.

Old pic of our boat folded at the dock:

http://www.boomkicker.com/images/Dragon33.jpg
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Once again, vinyl graphics.



Try locally. If there isn't anything in your area, there are plenty online. This one seems pretty nice.

https://www.myboatsign.com/?gclid=CK...FZNg2godnR53SQ
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Good, I much more prefer the idea of stick on graphics and I will go with that.

I'm going to the boat in two weeks and as of yet don't know if I will have a reg number, so I think I will get some lettering from the local boat shop and then order nicer graphics later
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Mine are stick on as well. There was a graphic of a saber on either side of the bow but it annoyed me so I took it off. Next time I'll use a heat gun, peeling it off by hand was no fun.

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the captain stuck the custom ordered vinyl letters onto the stern whilst he was in the dingy. If you look really close, you can tell they are not perfectly lined up but neither of us cares. He stuck them on one letter at a time and smoothed/flattened them with a straight edge that came shipped with the letters. He said a credit card would have done the same thing.
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