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Old 02-07-2016, 07:52 AM   #1
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question: boat cards

For those of you lucky enough to be out there cruising full time, I have a question about boat cards. In your own collection of boat cards, what is the most useful information on the card? For example, does a boat card need a photo of the Admiral and Captain to be really useful to your memory, or is just the name of the boat and an email address all you really need to keep track of your cruising friends?
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:02 AM   #2
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We find we remember the boat and boat name first, then we can remember who was on board.


So our cards (and most of the full time cruiser cards we have collected), have;


A picture of the boat with the boat name.
Their names (Billy Bob and Susie May Bodreaux)
email address.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:07 AM   #3
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We find we remember the boat and boat name first, then we can remember who was on board.


So our cards (and most of the full time cruiser cards we have collected), have;


A picture of the boat with the boat name.
Their names (Billy Bob and Susie May Bodreaux)
email address.
I assume any business card web site that lets you design your own card would be adequate for creating your boat card. Is this correct, or does one site do a better job than most?
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When in the military, many were known by their home state since people's names were more difficult to remember. I image the boat name would be easier to recall unless the names went together like John and Jen.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:26 AM   #5
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I assume any business card web site that lets you design your own card would be adequate for creating your boat card. Is this correct, or does one site do a better job than most?
I used Vista Print. They're an online service. Cheap easy and good quality.
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Our boat card has our name's, mailing address, email address, telephone number and a picture of Hobo.

We use a 3 ring binder with clear plastic business card holders for those we collect. Two 2 sided cards and irregular size cards are a PIA.
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:48 AM   #7
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I used Vista Print. They're an online service. Cheap easy and good quality.
I used them as well. Then I had to change my email address so I have 480 useless cards.

In reality, I haven't found the cards to be of much real use. We haven't contacted anyone who gave us a card and nobody we gave a card to has ever contacted us. It's more of a vanity thing, giving out boat cards.
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:09 AM   #8
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Folks are remembered mostly by the boat name.

One thing I did while traveling and folks came aboard was to have them sign in to the ships log book ,

with the usual info ,,,,,,, PLUS their favorite recipe.

Some were drinks , some were snacks , some real food , but all are great to revisit.

"When in the military, many were known by their home state "

Long time since having seen a chafing dish to collect cards of callers in most homes!

And then it was mostly O-6 and above.
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...In reality, I haven't found the cards to be of much real use. We haven't contacted anyone who gave us a card and nobody we gave a card to has ever contacted us. It's more of a vanity thing, giving out boat cards.
We use boat cards the same way we used business cards when we were working. You meet someone and want to trade information. Instead of asking for an email address or phone number, we hand out a boat card.

Right now we're tied to a couples dock we met in the Bahamas 2 years ago, who live in FL. They said if you're ever passing through we have dock space for you. We looked at the weather and at our anchoring options and said, "lets call". The winds blowing 30 knots out of the NW. It's sure better than being at anchor. I'm glad we traded boat cards.
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Our boat card has our name's, mailing address, email address, telephone number and a picture of Hobo.

We use a 3 ring binder with clear plastic business card holders for those we collect. Two 2 sided cards and irregular size cards are a PIA.

Ah...nice redactions...reminds me of my military investigation days...

I just go to staples and buy a box of Avery business card blanks...then I go to the Avery website where they have software that lets you make up your own cards. Print a couple dozen...if anything changes or you have a better picture now...update. No changes good to go.

Last card design and print took about 20 minutes.

Just the basics, no people photos.
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Our boat card has our name's, mailing address, email address, telephone number and a picture of Hobo.

We use a 3 ring binder with clear plastic business card holders for those we collect. Two 2 sided cards and irregular size cards are a PIA.
This is same basic design we did for our cards, left out address as e-mail is most commonly used, the binder really helped. If you are even only a little outgoing, you accumulate friends very quickly. I designed and printed my own with a very basic program.
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.I just go to staples and buy a box of Avery business card blanks...then I go to the Avery website where they have software that lets you make up your own cards. Print a couple dozen...if anything changes or you have a better picture now...update. No changes good to go..
I used to do that but Vista Print was so easy and inexpensive that I couldn't resist. The cards look better as well.

Home made cards do work though. Unless you have an ink jet printer. The ink runs if it gets wet.
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I used to do that but Vista Print was so easy and inexpensive that I couldn't resist. The cards look better as well.

Home made cards do work though. Unless you have an ink jet printer. The ink runs if it gets wet.
Vista Print is less than $20 for a basic card with picture delivered
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I created my own boat cards using MS Word. Picture on the front and info on the back.
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My ink doesn't seem to run unless you immerse the card...and sure you can get some fancy ones from the pros but overall it's not like I'm trying to close a billion dollar deal...and finally, never had to throw more than a handful away.


Plus the cards have other uses besides boat cards...whatever you imagination comes up with.


Making your own cards isn't for everyone..just passing along my experiences giving them and receiving them.
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We use a 3 ring binder with clear plastic business card holders for those we collect. Two 2 sided cards and irregular size cards are a PIA.

There's a handy little smartphone app called ScanBizCards...describes itself as "the only business card app scanner with cloud backup and sync across multiple devices with access to cards from any browser." Available from iTunes app store (not sure about Android), full featured version is $.99..."lite" version is free. You can scan front and back of 2 sided or any shape cards. When somebody wants to swap cards with you, just grab your phone and scan theirs.

I just go to staples and buy a box of Avery business card blanks...then I go to the Avery website where they have software that lets you make up your own cards

You don't have go to the Avery website to use their templates...If you use any version of MS Office, Avery has an add-on download for it that includes templates for everything that Avery makes paper stock for. It adds an icon to the menu bar in Word. You can add your own photo or artwork or use clip art.

Sam's and Costco have 100 sheet (10 cards/sheet) boxes of card stock for a LOT less than any of the office supply stores. I only print as many as I need--a bunch of my business cards for a boat show or rendezvous gig, only a couple of sheets of my personal card to keep in my purse. Print "test sheets" of any new ones on plain paper so I don't waste card stock if it's not right.
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I usta think it was kinda silly.
We've recieved 5 or 10 and they went into our collection of business cards.
I edit my wallet often as it gets fat w all the money I carry around.

Not being in Alaska anymore we may do the card thing as we will meet many more boaters. Soon I think we'll go to the South Sound via Port Townsend to see Steve. Want to go into Lake Washington too. And if we bump into anybody making a sloppy maneurver in port we can just leave a card.
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We use a 3 ring binder with clear plastic business card holders for those we collect. Two 2 sided cards and irregular size cards are a PIA.

There's a handy little smartphone app called ScanBizCards...describes itself as "the only business card app scanner with cloud backup and sync across multiple devices with access to cards from any browser." Available from iTunes app store (not sure about Android), full featured version is $.99..."lite" version is free. You can scan front and back of 2 sided or any shape cards. When somebody wants to swap cards with you, just grab your phone and scan theirs.

I just go to staples and buy a box of Avery business card blanks...then I go to the Avery website where they have software that lets you make up your own cards

You don't have go to the Avery website to use their templates...If you use any version of MS Office, Avery has an add-on download for it that includes templates for everything that Avery makes paper stock for. It adds an icon to the menu bar in Word. You can add your own photo or artwork or use clip art.

Sam's and Costco have 100 sheet (10 cards/sheet) boxes of card stock for a LOT less than any of the office supply stores. I only print as many as I need--a bunch of my business cards for a boat show or rendezvous gig, only a couple of sheets of my personal card to keep in my purse. Print "test sheets" of any new ones on plain paper so I don't waste card stock if it's not right.
Well explained, I love SanBizCards app.
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Not a silver salver?
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Not a silver salver?
The silver salver is used to present the card to the caller.
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