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Old 12-28-2016, 04:49 PM   #1
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Hi there, does anyone have a good source they would recommend for boat lettering? I assume most do vinyl these days, or is paint still frequently used?

Also, anyone have any good recommendations for letter size (height)?

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Old 12-28-2016, 05:16 PM   #2
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Greetings,
Mr. M. Regarding size: Big enough to be easily read @ 100+ yds. with the unaided eye please. Forget about the "funky" text or the artsy-fartsy shading.
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:33 PM   #5
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I have used both of these sources with excellent results.

Capn Johns Boat Lettering Specializes In Vinyl Boat Lettering Boat Names and Graphics
https://www.boatus.com/boatgraphics/

Both have very nice online tools to help determine font, size, and color. I think the BoatUS site's tool gives you more information as to resultant total size, height etc....

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Mr. M. Regarding size: Big enough to be easily read @ 100+ yds. with the unaided eye please. Forget about the "funky" text or the artsy-fartsy shading.
I agree. One of my pet peeves are boat names that are;
a. Impossible to read from a distance
b. Difficult to pronounce.
c. Difficult to understand when heard.

IMO, a primary reason for a boat name is to be able to identify your boat to others. If the name can't be seen or pronounced by another boater, or can't be understood on the radio it is simply inadequate as a name for a vessel.
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:48 PM   #6
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the key word is identification and that comes from comunication not jokes.
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:56 PM   #7
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Vinyl Lettering | Custom Vinyl Lettering

Design it yourself online, check preview, check price, place order.
Shipped promptly, easily applied.

Wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
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Old 12-28-2016, 06:47 PM   #8
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I do it myself. I have both made vinyl lettering and cut out vinyl stencils for paint. Paint holds up better.
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Just call a local sign shop or ask the nearest large boat dealership who they use. That way you get someone who has a lot of experience putting them on.
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Just call a local sign shop or ask the nearest large boat dealership who they use. That way you get someone who has a lot of experience putting them on.
+1 on this. Sign shops seem to be one type of business that's still hanging on to the model of locally-owned, brick-and-mortar shops. Not only will you be helping the local economy, you may find it's cheaper than on line. And if you haven't done a lot of it, you might find having an expert apply it for you is well worth it.
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+1 to using a local sign shop. I use the local Fast Signs and over the years I've become friends with the owner. I can take him my idea, they'll set it up in the computer and let me look at it, but if I want to make a change there's no fuss, no muss, they just make the change before they cut the letters.


I put them on myself. Easy Peeasy if you take your time.
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Hi there, does anyone have a good source they would recommend for boat lettering? I assume most do vinyl these days, or is paint still frequently used?

Also, anyone have any good recommendations for letter size (height)?

Thanks,
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Old 12-29-2016, 09:46 AM   #13
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Another vote for Boat US.
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Another vote for boat US. We just re-named our new-to-us boat (formal ceremony in a couple of weeks, but that's another thread).

They have excellent design tools, large choice of fonts, colors, etc. Their preview function shows final size, color, etc.

They even have an "oops" guarantee. On my first order, I made a mistake (upper and lower case should have been all upper case). They gave me 50% off my corrected order. Can't ask for more than that.

When I had a question, they responded via email in one day.

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Make your boat name a minimum of 1" to 2" larger than you think you need. As Dave indicates, many boat names are hard to read at a distance. Boat names look big enough at a marina, but at a distance of 100 feet or so, then they are no longer readable.
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+1 for Fast Signs - did a great job for us at a reasonable price. It's nice to work with a real person rather than an internet site.
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Another vote for BoatUS. Quick, easy, cheap enough. These were for the RIB and I found I had to cut the backing strip to 'kink' the line of numbers to follow the hull adequately. Worked fine.

I used FastSign for another application about 25 years ago; good folks there, then. Did not go back to them since I'd much prefer paying marine prices for marine products...
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Also, anyone have any good recommendations for letter size (height)?
Coast Guard requires at least 4", if the boat is documented.
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Your computer has plenty of font choices. I picked one I liked (dedgable from a distance, yet a bit fancier than plain block characters) then took a print to a local sign shop who composed adhesive vinyl characters on a continuous strip of release paper, which greatly simplifies application.
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Old 12-29-2016, 01:31 PM   #20
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Another vote for the local service, support the economy and you get personal service. The local guy often can suggest more than just what you think you want, my "Rose" on the stern is a multi piece layered buildup and I couldn't be happier with it.

The name is readable, but the home port is required to be plain and a minimum of 4" high. Check your local requirements, mine were dictated by Documentation.
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