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Title: Boat Name/Graphics Wanted
Post by: Paul Bruner on August 10, 2011, 01:30:59 PM
Hello all, I'm new here, and a new C34 owner, love it!!  It's time to apply our boat's name, hailing port and graphics.  :clap Looking for leads from members who are happy with their boat name/graphics.  Please forward your supplier, recommendations and any advice you may have.  Thanks in advance for your time.  Love this community, Cheers! 
Title: Re: Boat Name/Graphics Wanted
Post by: learjetzz on August 10, 2011, 05:02:26 PM
We chose U.S. Boats (if you're a member) you'll see their ad in your mailings it was easy , and easy to apply , recommend that you do this when you do your annual haul.

Good Luck 
Title: Re: Boat Name/Graphics Wanted
Post by: Ron Volk on August 10, 2011, 05:29:45 PM
I used which is part of Located in Lantana Fl. They were very responsive to my needs.  I wanted a logo of a goose & I went through all their logos with no luck.  They looked into it a came up with other options for me and I found one I liked.
Title: Re: Boat Name/Graphics Wanted
Post by: tonywright on August 16, 2011, 12:00:40 PM
I recommend that you take a photo of the entire side of the hull, square on. Use a simple photoshop "lite" application to import the picture.

Try various fonts, sizes, colors and positioning until you are happy with how the name looks. Figure out what size this scales to in real life.  Then take it to whichever supplier you are happy with (we use the one associated with our local chandlery) and give them the edited photo showing the end result that you want!

Done this twice now, and very happy with the end result each time.

btw the old name comes off with careful application of heat (better a hair dryer than heat gun) and a soft scraper. Polish and buff the hull well before applying the new name (the gelcoat will be paler and shinier under the old name: so if you can, try and use the same space for the new name).

Don't forget the necessary rituals.


Title: Re: Boat Name/Graphics Wanted
Post by: scotty on August 16, 2011, 08:31:00 PM
I also used a small amount of an adhesive remover after I took off the old name.
Title: Re: Boat Name/Graphics Wanted
Post by: Jim Hardesty on August 18, 2011, 07:03:54 AM
I used the local vinyl sign maker.  They were easy to work with, they added some artistic knowledge, and was about the same cost as the catalog places, even with them applying the name.
One more thing. A pet peeve of mine is overly done script/graphics.  I like to be able to read a boat name at 50 yards in rough seas.
Title: Re: Boat Name/Graphics Wanted
Post by: Roc on August 18, 2011, 09:57:56 AM
I went to a local "Fast Signs" shop.  Gave them the name and font I wanted, along with the overall size for the area on the boat I wanted to cover.  They cut it out in the material used to put graphics on trucks (outdoor use).  They have tons of colors to choose from.  Been on the boat since 2000 and still looks like new.  Came out nice because I have a 'shadowed' look.  Dark blue name with grey shadowing.  Vinyl lettering for the shadow comes in two parts.  First you apply the name.  Then you overlay the shadow.
Title: Re: Boat Name/Graphics Wanted
Post by: Ken Juul on August 18, 2011, 11:45:22 AM
I think it depends on the complexity of your design.  A simple name, anyone can do, go with the best deal.  Fancy graphics, pick someone local so you can approve the design on the computer/paper print out before transfer to expensive vinyl.
Title: Re: Boat Name/Graphics Wanted
Post by: Paul Bruner on September 07, 2011, 06:30:50 AM
Thanks for the great lead fella's...I decided to head down to a large marina in St Pete last weekend for a refresher docking & "how to anchor in FL" class.  Of course I was distracted by all the boat graphics available for critique.  I agree with Jim, the name must be readable at a distance and there are a good percentage of overly done fonts out there.  I've also found that the simple name is available on every corner sign shop and is price reasonable.  Of course I have to have graphics which automatically propels me to the $500 range (I love to talk prices!!!!).  Appreciate the application techniques.  Hopefully, I'll have a finished product for posting in the next 3 weeks.