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Old 12-29-2016, 02:44 PM   #21
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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.
4" minimum yes, but there is no requirement for documented vessels as to the font type, style, or color.
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:47 PM   #22
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Font type and size for the home port are set in stone, only the vessel name is open to font, style, and color.
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:58 PM   #23
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Font type and size for the home port are set in stone, only the vessel name is open to font, style, and color.
From the USCG site:

"The name and hailing port of a recreational vessel must be marked together on some clearly visible exterior part of the hull. The vessel name of a commercial vessel must also be marked on the port and starboard bow and the vessel name and the hailing port must also be marked on the stern. All markings may be made by any means and materials that result in durable markings and must be at least four inches in height, made in clearly legible letters of the Latin alphabet or Arabic or Roman numerals. The "hailing port" must include both a place and a State, Territory, or possession of in the United States. The state may be abbreviated."

Maybe font, style and color requirements are hidden elsewhere.
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Old 12-29-2016, 03:06 PM   #24
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From my documentation paperwork, I had assumed the requirement for the interior marking in block letters was also for the home port marking requirement. The guy who put my vinyl lettering on had told me the home port marking was required to be in a specific font.

Reading the paperwork in front of me you are correct. No font or color is required as long as the markings are clearly legible. My bad...
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Old 12-29-2016, 03:56 PM   #25
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Another vote for Capn Johns.
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Old 12-29-2016, 04:08 PM   #26
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Wifey B: I'm sure the Boat US is a great choice, but someone mentioned above about sign shops locally owned and it just feels good to work with them.

Amen to making it clear and legible and a name easy to use on the radio and be clearly understood. And not too long. Don't try to put your life story in the boat name. Needs to be orally quick. A new term i just made up. I don't look at it like I'm naming a child, just a boat, and I can call it when speaking to it anything I want but need a name that works for official communication.

And clear easily read lettering. We bought a business not long ago that the first thing that had to be done was a new sign. The one they had was beeeeauuuutiful. But...you couldn't read the freaking name.
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Old 12-29-2016, 08:10 PM   #27
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Wifey B: I'm sure the Boat US is a great choice, but someone mentioned above about sign shops locally owned and it just feels good to work with them.

Amen to making it clear and legible and a name easy to use on the radio and be clearly understood. And not too long. Don't try to put your life story in the boat name. Needs to be orally quick. A new term i just made up. I don't look at it like I'm naming a child, just a boat, and I can call it when speaking to it anything I want but need a name that works for official communication.
I have used a local sign shop as well with good results for boats and cars. It was owned by a long term patient of mine and he did great work.

I have to say though that one of the issues is making it quick and convenient. I have very little chance to get away during normal business hours. So the online retailers are great for me.
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Old 12-30-2016, 02:10 AM   #28
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Thanks for the tips everyone. Very helpful!
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:48 AM   #29
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I think this is realy cool, may be laser cuting aisi and led light


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Old 01-02-2017, 07:47 PM   #30
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Just a heads up there may be state or fed. if doc. vessel re; size color and placement. When I do safety checks for USCGAUX I find a few boats every year that do not meet the legal requirements. So check with your state and your documentation literature before you finalize keep in mind that the idea is to be able to identify your boat from a distance. Auorra has a nice big name but if it is a documented vessel I might have to flunk it if it does not also include the calling port as noted on doc. papers. What I am saying is there are legal issues in some cases with plastering a name on a boat..
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Just a heads up there may be state or fed. if doc. vessel re; size color and placement. When I do safety checks for USCGAUX I find a few boats every year that do not meet the legal requirements. So check with your state and your documentation literature before you finalize keep in mind that the idea is to be able to identify your boat from a distance. Auorra has a nice big name but if it is a documented vessel I might have to flunk it if it does not also include the calling port as noted on doc. papers. What I am saying is there are legal issues in some cases with plastering a name on a boat..
The issue with Aurora, is the light is so bright you can no longer make out the unlighted hailing port painted on below the name.
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I like simple. Same lettering on the transom but bigger with port.
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Old 01-03-2017, 03:02 PM   #33
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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....



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.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Old 01-03-2017, 04:17 PM   #34
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So if I named my next boat this

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you would find it objectionable?
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only if it stands for trawler too....
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I used the local Fast Signs for two different boats. Easy Peasy.
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I think this is realy cool, may be laser cuting aisi and led light


I sooooo want to do that on my next boat!!!
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I sooooo want to do that on my next boat!!!
Easy enough. The bigger version of Aurora is sitting in a boathouse in Vancouver BC just waiting for you. I believe the signage is the same as the small boat.

BTW, the small boat has a new name and is located at Elliott Bay Marina in Seattle.
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Use a name that is easily understandable when using radio.
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