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Can anyone recommend a website for ordering adhesive lettering and artwork etc... for one's sailboat. Looking to decal on a name and state registration number.

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Re: Website for boat name and registration decals?

Most local sign shops can give personalized service and cut nearly any pattern and font you can think of and may even surprise you. Even cut curved for the transom. Cheap enough that I belt sanded off (wooden hull) and replaced when painting.
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Re: Website for boat name and registration decals?

I used this site. I was very happy with price, quality, and speed. No affiliation.

https://doityourselflettering.com/
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Re: Website for boat name and registration decals?

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Ask the shop (' in writing" and to be marked on your invoice) what vinyl they are using. There are 3M vinyls rated for five years of outdoor use (UV exposure) and "premium marine" grades rate for 7 years, and some Gerber products rated equally well. (Not the baby food company, a different Gerber.)
There may be a couple of other premium materials, but I've seen no-name vinyls look like crap after two seasons and lose their coloring, while the premium ones, which command a premium price, look brand new year after year.
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Local sign shop.
Tell him you want the good stuff.
Tell him he can take pics if he applies it
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I used this site. I was very happy with price, quality, and speed. No affiliation.

https://doityourselflettering.com/
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Re: Website for boat name and registration decals?

I've found having lettering done by a pro to be remarkably inexpensive. I've also done it myself, but have no memory of who I ordered it from. Surface prep is critical. A water spritzer with a drop of detergent sprayed on the hull is a great trick too. Keeps the glue from adhering immediately, giving you a few seconds to work out a bubble or minor error. There are a few other tips, such as making a taped hinge, but I recall my lettering coming with instructions.


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Re: Website for boat name and registration decals?

Island Boat lettering... very very nice and helpful ladies... don't know about their price point.

Boat LETTERING | Decals | Names | Vinyl LETTERING | Graphics | Long Island |CUSTOM-design your own

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