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The documentation number isn't marked on my new-to-me boat. I was thinking of getting a plaque made up for it. Do you have any recommendations of reputable and non-expensive places to order from? I kinda like the looks of this product, but I have no idea if they're reputable.
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That should work and looks like an easy solution.

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Do high schools still have shop class? Seems to me a good kid from wood shop (ask the teacher) could do something pretty nice in wood with a router. Some paint and varnish and you'd have something really attractive. Just a thought.
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I made mine with a sharp chisel in a piece of oak. Not too hard to do. Took me about an hour. Used a pencil to outline the characters on the wood. Then with a wide chisel (1 1/2" +) cut into the wood from each side of each character to create a nice v grove. Hit it with some sandpaper to get rid of any stray pencil marks, couple coats of varnish, glass or glue it onto a bulkhead and your done.
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Just a stencil and a router!
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If I had the tools and a place to work, I would consider making my own, but I don't. I just want a ready-made solution. It seems no one has ordered from that company I linked to... I guess I'll give it a try and hope I don't have to find out how good the fraud protection on my credit card really is.
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The documentation number isn't marked on my new-to-me boat. I was thinking of getting a plaque made up for it. Do you have any recommendations of reputable and non-expensive places to order from? I kinda like the looks of this product, but I have no idea if they're reputable.
We got the mahogony version a few years ago when we bought our boat. It is just right for the price and looks a lot better than the plastic numbers.
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SVCarolena, did you get it from that company or another one? Also, I'm not terribly concerned about how it looks, since I think I'm either going to put it under the nav station or in a lazarette, neither of which will be commonly visible. I also like the sharp contrast available in plastic, so it can be read in low-light situations (such as under a desk or in a lazarette...) and the plastic should last halfway to forever.
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SVCarolena, did you get it from that company or another one? Also, I'm not terribly concerned about how it looks, since I think I'm either going to put it under the nav station or in a lazarette, neither of which will be commonly visible. I also like the sharp contrast available in plastic, so it can be read in low-light situations (such as under a desk or in a lazarette...) and the plastic should last halfway to forever.
Yes, we ordered from the same vendor. No problems with the credit card, and it arrived in a reasonable amount of time. I would use them again.
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I ordered the vinyl strip from West Marine that is commonly used to affix the state numbers forward on the hull. I got two but only used one on the only hatch available (in the cockpit) over a strip painted a contrasting color. It seems to be reasonably permanent and also contains the net tonnage as well. West does not show this as an application but the supplier made it up without comment so I figure I am not the first one. Since we sail in the Niagara we are boarded by four American agencies and three Canadian ones, surely someone will be sure to tell me if it is acceptable.
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