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Old 06-12-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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Boat Cards

We were in Jacksonville, FL at a marina and someone asked us if we had a "boat card" (a business card with names, contact, and boat information). Of course, we didn't.

It seems like a good idea. So, how many folks here have "boat cards" and pass them out to people they meet as they cruise?
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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We do.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:02 AM   #3
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It really is a great idea, but like most things further down on my priority list....... You know, this is really rediculous......I've got the blank card paper, the printer, the software....why don't I have my own boatcard, for heavens sake?!
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:35 AM   #4
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We do, they are easy to make yourself or relatively inexpensive a a print shop.
If you print them on thin stock they won't take up so much room in your wallet
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:51 AM   #5
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Just got some a month or so ago (to replace my business cards as I am now retired). Very inexpensive. Plenty of online sites where you can design your own and upload a photo or two to put on the card.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:57 AM   #6
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Just got some a month or so ago (to replace my business cards as I am now retired). Very inexpensive. Plenty of online sites where you can design your own and upload a photo or two to put on the card.
Can you get them in Breton Pink?
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:19 AM   #7
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We have personal business cards with a picture of the Eagle, name, city, phone number and email address. We use to be in several boat shows also have a one page flyer hand out.
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Can you get them in Breton Pink?
How did you guess?
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:27 AM   #9
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Our card has our names, mailing address, email address, boat name and boat picture on it. We hand them out when we are on other peoples boats, at pot lucks, shore parties and with officials.

We also have a note book with plastic card holders. It's a great organizer for the cards that you get from other boaters and business contacts.

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Old 06-12-2012, 10:40 AM   #10
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They are called "Boat Courtesy Cards". We had some made up for cheap at a local printer. There are places online that offer them for free, but I don't know where that is. I'll bet Cruiser's Forum people will know. You've seen the design. They are all the same with a glossy pic of their boat and the same white script in the design. We wanted it to be more custom, so we opted for the $50 to get something unique.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:52 AM   #11
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Don't have them and have no use for them. I deal with people all day every day at work both in the Puget Sound area and around the world. I enjoy the hell out of it when I'm at work, I don't want any part of it when I'm not at work.

As I've said before we bought the boat for the same reason we fly the floatplane--- to get away from people, not meet them. So the fewer people know who we are when we're out and about on the boat the better. People coming over and saying hi and trying to strike up a conversation is not part of what we want out of our boating experience.

I think boat cards are a great idea for people who are interested in the socializing aspect of boating. But not everyone is.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:32 AM   #12
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With a cel phone...if I want to stay in touch with someone...it's pretty easy now. Cards just get lost in clutter all too often.

They were nice in the day and some very elegant...tho some wanted to make me puke as they were really business cards for captains with more resume' than experience.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:11 PM   #13
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I never ran into anyone passing out boat cards.Sounds like a good idea,especially for people that live and work on their boat.I'll be keeping this in mind.
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Yes we do. Photo of the boat, blog address, emails and phone numbers for both of us. We occasionally have someone ask for a card or an email address and I'd rather give out a "boat card" than a business card with my work info. I've actually given them to work colleagues before as well if we start talking about personal stuff and it comes up that I have a boat. One person assumed we must charter out our boat or why would we have cards.
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:30 PM   #15
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We also have cards. Have had them for many years. We make them ourselves. Wife does the graphics and I convert them to print out on card stock.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:46 PM   #16
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I think boat cards are a great idea for people who are interested in the socializing aspect of boating. But not everyone is.
But Marin, what do you call your participation in Trawler Forum?
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But Marin, what do you call your participation in Trawler Forum?
He's got a point there, Marin. I am a devoted anti-social, according to my Admiral. I do my socializing here because I like to choose where and when I do it. Put me in one of my Admiral's many receptions, and I'm contaminated. I'm no good at the "social competitiveness" of parties and crowds. I gotta do it so I do it, but I'd rather not. Still, I must have some kind of gene inside that keeps me from being a total hermit. I enjoy this kind of "social interest sharing".
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:35 PM   #18
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Marin talks tough, but he really is friendly in person.

We have had boat cards for years. Just a photo of the boat under way and our phone numbers. We are very selective as to who we give them to. We're still undecided as to whether we'll give one to Marin.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:53 PM   #19
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We don't spend a lot of time in marinas away from home, but when we do, we generally end up in conversations with other boaters. We meet some nice people that way and often learn something we didn't know.

I'm planning on making cards or having them made. It's just a few cents each, why not.

I figure a photo of the boat (or line drawing), our first and last names, home port, and email address should do it.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:12 PM   #20
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But Marin, what do you call your participation in Trawler Forum?
Excellent question. It's entertainment, pure and simple. Like watching Family Guy. It gives me quick breaks during the day from what I'm doing, be it editing or directing a shoot here in China. It's just writing on a screen. I will never meet anyone on this forum nor have I any interest in doing so. So I don't regard the forum as a social activity at all. It's basically an excercise in writing and occasionally perhaps a chance to pass on some information someone newer to boating than we are might find useful.
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