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04-27-2011 11:16 AM
dhays
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Originally Posted by QuickMick View Post
i had my buddy (graphic designer) draw original artwork, took it to a sign shop and had it scanned then pressed onto one vinyl sticker (uv res.). got the big one for the stern, two for the sides and a few real small ones for kicks. whole deal cost me 80 bucks. i would think individual letters may be tough to align perfectly?
I like your graphic.

the vinyl letters come pre-arraigned on a single sheet. You just peel the backing off the entire sheet and stick it to the boat. After rubbing down all the letters really well, you just peel off the sheet leaving the letters behind. I did it a total of 7 times on Legacy, the name on either side of the boat, either side of the boom, the stern, dock steps, then home port on the stern as well. Yeah, a bit of overkill, but you can always identify her.

Dave
04-27-2011 10:51 AM
QuickMick i had my buddy (graphic designer) draw original artwork, took it to a sign shop and had it scanned then pressed onto one vinyl sticker (uv res.). got the big one for the stern, two for the sides and a few real small ones for kicks. whole deal cost me 80 bucks. i would think individual letters may be tough to align perfectly?

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04-27-2011 10:47 AM
chuck53 Vinyl is the only way to go. Cost and ease of application is a no-brainer and done right will look good.
04-26-2011 10:20 PM
dhays
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Originally Posted by Waltthesalt View Post
two comments
The name you(r) boat has means more than how it's lettered.
You won't own the boat forever. Think of the next owner. It's a lot easier to remove viynl
I agree with Walt. My folks Cal-29 had been named "Apogee II". I'm sure it meant something to the person that named Apogee and Apogee II, but it didn't do anything for my folks. It was tough removing the painted on name and they ended up repainting the entire topsides of the boat.

Unless your boat really needs a painted, engraved signboard to look good, go with vinyl lettering. Simple, easy, inexpensive, and easy to replace or change.

Dave
04-26-2011 10:17 PM
Siamese VINYL!

here....one more time....VINYL!
04-26-2011 09:30 PM
Waltthesalt two comments
The name you boat has means more than how it's lettered.
You won't own the boat forever. Think of the next owner. It's a lot easier to remove viynl
04-26-2011 08:57 PM
fallard We've done it both ways and have mixed hand lettering (boat name) with hailing port (vinyl). The vinyl holds up better against fiberglass cleaners and won't scrape off like paint.

We also had a boat with a painted, engraved signboard for 16 years. It was classy, but had to be repainted periodically.

Bottom line: vinyl is cheaper and doesn't look that bad and will hold up better than paint. If you want permanence, see if you can get someone to letter in Awlgrip.
04-26-2011 08:50 PM
genieskip Unless you are an absolute stickler for tradition and use manila lines and canvas (real cotton canvas) sails, go with the vinyl. I don't think anyone really thinks vinyl lettering is cheesy, at least among my friends. All the hot shot racers have vinyl graphics and lettering. It is low cost, quick and easy. What's not to like?
04-26-2011 08:31 PM
paulk Our vinyl lettering has lasted at least eight years, and looks good for another two or three at this rate. We got to pick from 2543 or so different fonts, and whatever size we liked that would fit. We opted for 10" letters so that the boats behind us would still be able to see who had beaten them. The hardest part was getting the name centered properly, because the letters (all caps, in our case) are different widths. There are plenty of sign painters in our area, but it would have cost three times what we paid. We could have done it ourselves, but would have spent five times as long.
04-26-2011 07:27 PM
zz4gta vinyl. Honestly, you can't get the name for done for $50 or less and install it yourself under 20 minutes. When it wears off, just do it again. Way too easy.
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