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Boat Name Stencils

Hi All,

The PO or the one befor him painted the name of the stern of the boat. It's all faded and we want to change the font and location. We have considered ordering stencils. Short of making full size templates, I'm guessing at what it will look like. Has anyone found a site that shows you a stern (scale), so that you could see what it looks like?

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Re: Boat Name Stencils

Photoshop? Take a picture of the stern, erase the name that is there now, and then add in the name you're contemplating.
Also - consider vinyl lettering instead of paint. Much easier to apply and most graphics shops can produce custom fonts and colors for your application.
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We've been very pleased with the vinyl lettering we got twelve years ago. Good thing we lined it up properly; that would be a long time to have it be off kilter. Looks like it should last another five, anyway.
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+1 on vinyl lettering. It's a no brainer.
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+1 on vinyl lettering. It's a no brainer.
Ditto... this is even one of those things where the price has dropped in the last 20 years...
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Re: Boat Name Stencils

I ordered mine from boatus, it was easy quick and applied very well...Highly recommend....

I even ordered a couple floating key chains and people always comment as to where I had those done when they see them...

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Re: Boat Name Stencils

Vynal lettering from a sign shop is quick, while you wait, probably cheaper than the paint and brush, and you can select from a zillion fonts, add graphics, select colour, even metallic etc.

Best of all you dont need a marine business so its cheap, low cost, affordable etc etc

Oh, and you whack 'em on yourself.
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Re: Boat Name Stencils

OK - so we're all agreed vinyl lettering is the way to go - but back to Dave E's original questions, does anyone have any other suggestions for how to preview the look of the new name ion the transom? Photoshop works for me for this kind of thing, although it's a bit limited in the range of graphic fonts.
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Import a photo into Word, or Publisher, or Pages.. whatever.. and edit the photo with those programs' wide range of fonts and styles using 'Word Art' or a transparent text box.

Whoever makes your decals can probably match what you use fairly closely. And as Mark indicated, no need to go to a 'marine' provider.. seems there are graphics and signs shops everywhere these days.
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OK - so we're all agreed vinyl lettering is the way to go - but back to Dave E's original questions, does anyone have any other suggestions for how to preview the look of the new name ion the transom? Photoshop works for me for this kind of thing, although it's a bit limited in the range of graphic fonts.

On L'il Dink I found the font on MS Word and then used Irfanview. Its free and easier to use than photoshop, which I have too.

But then I went to the sign shop and asked them what font would be best to show "speed". That sort of creative thing can be good to ask a graphics person, its their expertise.

Same for a boat name, work out what it is about your boat and name that you want as its theme and ask the sign shop.

Currently mine is just boring font, but my boat name Sea Life theres a cool font that looks like rolling waves but its not in the forum fonts.
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