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Boat Cards?

I need ideas for boat cards.
Those of you who use them, what info do you have on them?
If you can post up examples, I'd like to see them.
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Logo (if you're using inexpensive printing) or photo of boat (if you're printing full color), boat name, our names, email, cellphone #, blog link. When we trade boat cards with other cruisers, we always write on the back where/when we met them.
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Nothing fancy. Boat pic on left 1/3 then Boat name, our names, cell and E-mail. Writing down a short note on new cards as mentioned helps jog my memory when we cross wakes later. Dan S/V Marian Claire
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I find them handy, but we don't use many

I print off a few dozen at home and they last a season. I collect the cards of marina neighbors, cruisers, and vendors in a sheet protector in our boat log.

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BLJ:

Knowing that you are a kindred spirit (i.e., actively seeking out ways to pinch every penny) I'd recommend you keep it simple.

VistaPrint can set you up with 250 for $10 as long as you choose from a template that is in their data bank. 250 cards would likely serve you for as long as you either a) have the boat or b) change info on the card.

You can also do as PDQ does and print out your own -- this is what we did, and added the flexibility of changing info as needed, as well as making it a more personal and memorable card than the vanilla option like VistaPrint.

At a minimum, I'd have the boat name, crew name, and some form of contact info (cell number, e-mail address, home address or address of your mail forwarding service.)

Anything more than that starts to get excessive -- think KISS. Some cards reek of narcissism, but that usually serves as an accurate reminder of the crew in question.

Although I've seen it on some, I'd think hard about adding your MMSI to the card. If you want to share it with particularly good friends you meet along the way, you can always write it down on the card you give them.
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All done. Just printed off a couple of dozen. thanks for the input, folks!

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We print a picture of the two of us on the back of the card. We found somebody else who did this and found that it makes it a lot easier remembering who gave you the card.
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We printed a picture of our boat under sail and then in white text added names and contact information... At home with a simple business card template in a generic program (word/publisher/etc... don't recall)

We don't hand out that many so they last a while. I like remeteau's idea of adding pics as a reminder.

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