Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 28-07-2010, 13:02   #1
Registered User
 
cburger's Avatar

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Nyack, NY
Boat: Westsail 32
Posts: 1,548
Images: 1
Vinyl Boat Lettering

I would like to know what company members reccomend to get high quality, vinyl lettering at reasonable prices. I am looking to apply the name on the hull and would do the install myself.
__________________

__________________
cburger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-07-2010, 13:08   #2
Registered User
 
dcstrng's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Virginia
Boat: Oday30-B24
Posts: 582
Images: 52
We've used this vendor for two of our boats... installed ourself both of `em... generally quite pleased with the lettering, but I go really slow cuz my skills don't inspire confidence...

See: Capn Johns Boat Lettering Specializes In Vinyl Boat Lettering Boat Names and Graphics
__________________

__________________
Larry
http://www.sailblogs.com/member/awing/
dcstrng is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-07-2010, 13:19   #3
Marine Service Provider
 
AnchorageGuy's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Wherever the boat is!
Boat: Marine Trader 34DC
Posts: 4,618
We did our own not long ago and detailed it on our web site at,
http://tinyurl.com/yl4tks2
including links to the company we used and their nifty web page to let you see the color and font you choose. Their prices are pretty good also. Chuck
__________________
Chesapeake Bay, ICW Hampton Roads To Key West, The Gulf Coast, The Bahamas

The Trawler Beach House
Voyages Of Sea Trek
AnchorageGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-07-2010, 13:27   #4
Registered User
 
cburger's Avatar

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Nyack, NY
Boat: Westsail 32
Posts: 1,548
Images: 1
As I have small fuel tank vents through the hull on both sides (Double ender) where the lettering wil go do any of these vendors have the capability to do an overlay on an actual photograph of the boat to dertmine best font size and spacing?
__________________
cburger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-07-2010, 13:29   #5
Senior Cruiser
 
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 7,141
These days any sign maker can make good vinyl lettering for your boat and the prices are very reasonable. There is no need to go to a boat lettering place, just a good sign maker. It's all computerized now and very easy to do. Some do it while you wait.
__________________
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beneteau393/
Vasco is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 28-07-2010, 15:36   #6
Senior Cruiser
 
colemj's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Presently on US East Coast
Boat: Manta 40 "Reach"
Posts: 10,049
Images: 12
Rick is right. Your local sign maker is the best option and they will work with you on difficult areas. They are fully computerized - the one we used didn't have the font we wanted, so I extracted it off my computer and emailed it to him. The graphic was completed and the guy was waiting at the boat to apply it by the time I got there.

Mark
__________________
www.svreach.com

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
colemj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-07-2010, 15:49   #7
Registered User
 
cburger's Avatar

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Nyack, NY
Boat: Westsail 32
Posts: 1,548
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by colemj View Post
Rick is right. Your local sign maker is the best option and they will work with you on difficult areas. They are fully computerized - the one we used didn't have the font we wanted, so I extracted it off my computer and emailed it to him. The graphic was completed and the guy was waiting at the boat to apply it by the time I got there.

Mark
What would a fair price be for this kind opf work
__________________
cburger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28-07-2010, 16:35   #8
Senior Cruiser
 
Vasco's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Toronto
Boat: CS36Merlin, "La Belle Aurore" Ben393 "Breathless"
Posts: 7,141
3 sets of names , one yacht club letters and one hailing port was less than $50, if I remember right. It depends on the size of the letters. I went back later and got some more of the names and it was under their minimum charge of $15. A lot different from the names on my CS36, that cost about $500 in 1988 from a boat lettering outfit.

As for how it will fit, they will tell you the size etc. Go back to your boat and see how that'll fit with the vent.
__________________
Rick I
Toronto in summer, Bahamas in winter.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beneteau393/
Vasco is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 29-07-2010, 08:16   #9
Senior Cruiser
 
colemj's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Presently on US East Coast
Boat: Manta 40 "Reach"
Posts: 10,049
Images: 12
I can't remember the exact price, but for two sets of large name letters (catamaran - on side of bows) and stern port lettering, installed, was ~$100.

Mark
__________________
www.svreach.com

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
colemj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-07-2010, 09:54   #10
Eternal Member
 
capt_douglas's Avatar

Join Date: May 2003
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Boat: Vancouver 36 cutter????
Posts: 620
Send a message via Skype™ to capt_douglas
While vinyl letters are cheap, it's important to make sure the surface is as clean as you can make it. Dirt or grease will start the letters to unstick. I've heard of folks painting the edges with clear fingernail polish to protect the edges from water intrusion and prolong the life of the lettering.
__________________
Capt. Douglas Abbott
USCG/MCA IV/M.I./C.I. 500-ton Oceans
capt_douglas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-07-2010, 16:09   #11
Registered User
 
Mike Vogdes's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Jersey Shore
Boat: Watkins 29'
Posts: 212
I have used Fast Signs quite a few times over the years for boat graphics, names, and hailing ports with very good results. Their prices are very reasonable as well.
__________________
Mike Vogdes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-07-2010, 18:15   #12
Senior Cruiser
 
bstreep's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: San Antonio, TX/Port Aransas, TX
Boat: 1990 Macintosh 47, "Merlin"
Posts: 2,274
I've had great success with speedysigns.com - and they are about 1/2 the price of everyone else. Just make sure you tell them that the vinyl is for a boat, they will use vinyl that is UV resistant.
__________________
Bill Streep
San Antonio/Port Aransas, TX
bstreep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29-07-2010, 18:20   #13
Moderator Emeritus
 
David M's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Francisco Bay
Boat: research vessel
Posts: 10,153
I use FastSigns as well. Its inexpensive and works fine.

How wide is your vent? Would shifting the letters slightly horizontal to avoid a letter work?
__________________

__________________
David

Life begins where land ends.
David M is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
High Spots Left by Removal of Old Boat Lettering northbreeze Construction, Maintenance & Refit 5 16-04-2010 10:47
Boat Lettering / Graphics Company Needed bobfnbw Dollars & Cents 15 25-10-2009 17:18
looking for vinyl hulliner smj Construction, Maintenance & Refit 7 13-07-2008 11:36
Vinyl Headliner - Different Types? JeffHale Construction, Maintenance & Refit 5 25-07-2007 14:58
How big boat lettering? sneuman Rules of the Road, Regulations & Red Tape 2 09-06-2007 18:19



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 13:55.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.