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Old 11-22-2010, 02:13 PM   #21
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RE: name boards

"but please remember that the most important reason for having a name on a boat is so other boats can hail you by name, to give you important information"

Yup, that was a consideration in choosing the name in the first place, that it be easy to make out on the VHF.

"Polly P." -- easy to understand and legible on the transom, nice and big.* Now we'll see how the plates work out.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:57 PM   #22
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"but please remember that the most important reason for having a name on a boat is so other boats can hail you by name, to give you important information"

Yup, that was a consideration in choosing the name in the first place, that it be easy to make out on the VHF.

"Polly P." -- easy to understand and legible on the transom, nice and big.* Now we'll see how the plates work out.
Isn't that the truth. It seems that about one in three boat names are ridiculously hard to understand, much less say clearly and concisely over the radio. Great point!!!

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Old 11-22-2010, 06:13 PM   #23
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RE: name boards

I was in a marina with a sailboat named Zubenelgenubi, the Arabic name of a star.
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Old 12-02-2010, 08:03 AM   #24
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RE: name boards

Woody- I checked last weekend- my name boards are not installed with through bolts that I can just remove from the backside. Looks like i will have to drill the plugs out and then refinish @ the house and when I reinstall perhaps I'll switch to through bolts with decorative donut washers and skip the plug thing.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:21 AM   #25
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Is that the reason boats have names?* So they can call/hail you?* I thought it was required by the water gods to name the boat?* (0;

I was going to change the name to Ugly Trawler, but its too much of Hassel!* Eagle works well as now we have Eagle plaques/signs, pictures, mirrors, clocks, window decorations, hats, shirts, belt buckles, blankets, and other stuff.* The name board, stern, bow and Portuguese bridge have Eagle plaques.

I do not mind having spiders as long as they stay out side as they cut down the flying insects.* I heard it was good luck to have spiders on your boat, and if you kill them it will being bad luck? I do not need any more bad luck!* )-;


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Old 12-02-2010, 09:39 PM   #26
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Doc,
We had our name boards hand carved by the sign shop in Charlotte Harbor just north of the 41 bridge on the right side.* The name of the shop is Sign Design.* Jeff is the owner and they do real nice work.

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Old 12-04-2010, 09:27 AM   #27
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The cheapest way is to find one of those guys at a fair or festival that routes names on wood for homes, farms, etc. Bring your own wood.

If you want top end stuff, see: http://www.springvalleysigns.com/qua...rds/index.html

http://lettercarving.itgo.com/index.html
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:53 PM   #28
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RE: name boards

the more i read these replies the more I am starting to lean towards just buying 2 new pieces of teak, routing out the edges and having my sign guy route in the new name and just take the old ones down and replace with new! Hmmm.....
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:51 PM   #29
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If anyone is interested in splashing out a bit, I cannot recommend Dorr Woodcarving in Rockport, ME enough.

They made a two sided sign for my restaurant in 2000, and it was gorgeous. It also stood up to Maine weather extrememly well.

That sign was around 1K, but one sided signs are much cheaper.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:58 PM   #30
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RE: name boards

Ok- decision time!! They are painting the topsides. I need make up my mind whether to refinish the name boards or just go with vinyl letters directly to the side of the fiberglass of the flybridge (similar to attached pic). Name board is a traditional look. However, they are small and you really can't read the name of the boat unless close up. It is also yet another piece of teak to refinish.
Or- just go with larger letters applied to fiberglass- easier to read, one less piece of teak.

Too sacrilege to skip the name boards?


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Old 02-17-2011, 08:11 PM   #31
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Ok- decision time!! They are painting the topsides. I need make up my mind whether to refinish the name boards or just go with vinyl letters directly to the side of the fiberglass of the flybridge (similar to attached pic). Name board is a traditional look. However, they are small and you really can't read the name of the boat unless close up. It is also yet another piece of teak to refinish.
Or- just go with larger letters applied to fiberglass- easier to read, one less piece of teak.

Too sacrilege to skip the name boards?



Go to a sign shop. They will let you choose your font, size and color on the computer screen, and then they print it on adhesive back vinyl attached to a one pieces paper backing. You then position it and start removing the paper as you go. It's reasonable and bombproof.

I would suggest you fit the name behind the antenna. Maybe one word above the other, and go with a little less flowery font, so it can be easily read. I sure don't like the way the name rolls around the front of your bridge right now. Just sayin....

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Old 02-17-2011, 08:17 PM   #32
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Do the name boards!
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:21 PM   #33
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Tony, I agree with Carey.

What does your transom look like?
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:17 PM   #34
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Nameboards.

We made new boards last year when we bought the boat. We made the boards and put on five coats of TufShield. We had Prism Graphics in Seattle make the lettering and put them on (I did not want to risk mucking it up), then five more coats of TufShield. I have no idea whether that was the right way to do it, or how long they will hold up, but they look pretty good to us. This is the first time we have had a boat with nameboards.


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Old 02-17-2011, 09:18 PM   #35
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RE: name boards

transom will look something like this:



and underside of dinghy:



Text may be little less "scrolly" but it will be something like that. Also, if I did it in larger letters on the side of the flybridge, it would stop before the curve to the front of the flybridge...i am just lazy with my photoshopping.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:47 PM   #36
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Nice.*
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:40 PM   #37
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Use the name boards...
They really look classy....

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Old 02-18-2011, 05:59 AM   #38
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RE: name boards

On my boat the Nameboards have the screws exposed and there are standoffs in the back.

I think painting may be better in the long run because you just keep varnishing over it.

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Old 02-18-2011, 07:49 AM   #39
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Carl,
THANKS for posting those. All those examples look great IMO. True North example being closest in style to our Monk and it looks just fine without the name boards, as well as Rolling Stone on a bigger scale. We'll see what we do- part of it will depend on whether the screw holes @ the old name boards are covered up or not. If not- I guess I may be reinstalling the nameboards to cover the holes. If I didn't already have a forest of teak on the exterior I'd keep the nameboards without hesitation but really- less exterior teak the better for me I think since we have so much. *We'll see- gotta get the wife to ok it first so maybe I'll be doing the nameboards afterall. *


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I also battled for a while about to go with natural or painted. *Finally decided to do the boards in Awlgrip Mahogany Red, with matching gold-leaf (real gold leaf encapsulated in vinyl) on both transome and side boards. *Easy to read. *I guess I have to update my Avitar, since the photo reflects the ideas I was working with at the time, and not the finished product.

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