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I got my boat lettering from boatnames.net, and found the process to be easy and the company very responsive. Also, for someone who isn't good at applying sticker-type things, the application process wasn't tough at all.

Of course, when you're only putting on a name with four letters, even a caveman should be able to do it....

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I did my hailport myself when I bought the boat, which wasn't hard. It just requires a good clean surface, patience and the right technique. I used a highly diluted soapy water under the decal, which was to allow for some movement if a goof happened and to make removal of air bubbles easier. By measure and re-measuring, then taping the decal with a tape hinge on top, its not bad at all. One other tip is to apply the decal as soon as possible (inside a couple of weeks), as the adhesive will begin to set on the backing and make it harder over time.

Unfortunately, we tried to find the online company that we ordered from several years ago and couldn't. I do remember that all vinyl is not created equal. UV protection is obviously important.

That said, while you can save money doing it yourself, it is not one of the more expensive things you might pay a pro to do. With all the draft designs, ordering, second guessing, measuring, standing and staring, asking wife to come check, etc, I probably had half to a full day invested in the hailport. For an extra hundred, I could have had that day back to go sailing. Your call.


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Thanks for all the info..much appreciated.
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First its Chef not Chief I hope you got my (heheheh) as substituted for a
YES, for both counts.

Chef = Chief; in my book. But cook does not equal to Chief. hahaha.
Reasons:

1. The Chef is the BOSS in the restaurant. I know because I used to be a human dishwasher in the restaurants making $20 for 10 hours work under the table.

2. The Captain is not the boss, it is the chef on the boat. If the chef got piss, no one eats. Hahahaha.

So you don't mind, I will just call your Chief and we settle it.
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Yes, I did. Better to proceed with caution and redundancy, it never hurts.

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Funny story along these lines.
A fellow here in Texas, an Aggie, bought a very nice, very expensive Chaparral boat for he and his family. Invested in a hydro hoist to help keep it clean and then paid to have his favorite inscription added in fancy vinyl lettering on both sides.
He chose "An Aggie Tradition" about six feet long and up to a foot high, complete with barbed wire graphics and bullet holes in the design.
Only trouble was, the first time it came out An Aggie Traition". No matter how hard you try to be nice, there will always be an Aggie joke in that story.
So, be careful of who you chose to do the work and of having Aggies proof read the copy.

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Boat lettering is probably the only thing an Aggie can NOT do with bailing wire (and why he chose barbed over bailing wire for the letter design is beyond me).

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I used https://www.boatnames.net/Default.aspx for hailing port and name. Because the old name was badly burned into the hull and the boom, I put two large names on the side, one on the transom and one on each side of the boom.

The process was easy, both ordering and installing. My wife and I didn't have any trouble. Customer service and price were both good.

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I bought from Ebuysigns.com and was very happy with the service, quality and price. I had to buy the hauling port again because I bought too small of a font, and they performed just as well the second time.

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We used Cap'n John's two years ago when put the name on Odyssey. The process was easy and we thought fool proof. We were wrong. We made a mistake. Cap'n John called us to question the order and help us fix it. There service was excellent. The name went on easy and has not pealed or faded. i would highly recommend Cap'n John's.

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