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Vinyl Boat Graphics

I'm having the name of the boat redone, currently LP painted on the side. Vinyl lettering seems like a bullet proof approach, but wondered if there was anything I should ask for (or avoid), before I walk in with FISH stamped on my forehead and my wallet wide open.
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If you are buying them from a local sign shop, price it out here...

Boat Graphics & Lettering by BoatUS

...to see if their price is competitive and to get ideas on how you want them to look.
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You should also talk to local sign companies, since many will do lettering for boats. The Boat US site should give you a rough idea of what the ball park pricing is going to be.
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Did mine through BoatUS seveal times...reasonable, easy and accurate and you can design it yourself on line.
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ditto boat us. I surfed a lot of websites as well as local shops.
some retailers will sell material that is less than best for standing up to the weather. I remember that boat us had the latest vinyl stuff
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I used a local graphics guy. If you want any kind of custom design, it may be worth looking in the phone book for a local graphics shop that does store windows, commercial vehicles and other stuff like race trailers.

Here's a kinda' crappy pic of what my guy did for me. The design and production was $215 for both sides of the boat and the hailing port on the stern. About the same as a similar sized two tone graphic from Boat US and that wouldn't include the graphics from out home state flag that we wanted.

I did use the "Dry" application as explained on the Boat US site. I did the "Wet" method on my previous boat and "Dry" is hands down the best way to go.

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I used signspecialist dot com...for multiple colored, shadowed letters with boat name and city/state for FOURTY EIGHT DOLLARS! It came within a few days and was perfect! All other quotes I had gotten were almost triple that. They let you do as mush customizing as you want. I'd use them again in a second!


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I recently used Doityourselflettering.com and can recommend them for price, quality and quick turnaround.

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of course, if you want custom graphics, then the price goes up... I wanted to have a custom logo for the boat, and got it on both sides as well as the transom.



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Is there such a thing as a vinyl or other stick-on graphic (not just block letters) that is flexible enough to work on a hypalon inflatable dinghy?
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