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Re: Topside Name Lettering
Congratulations on the new boat. Most states only have regulations for the registration numbers but do not care about whether you piut a name on your boat, or how, or where the name is applied. I agree with some of the other comments, if the name is on the topsides of the boat, then it should appear on both sides of the boat and the graphics should be legible in case of an emergency.
I have used the hair dryer and window scraper razor to remove vinyl, and it works very well, although I would probably use one of the plastic scrapers if I had to do it today. Alcohol works well to remove the residue of the glue. There are also products that are specifically designed to remove vinyl letters and glue.
As to changing the name, that has always been scary business for me. My family has owned a several dozen boats over the years. We changed the name of three, that would be the two which lost their rigs and the one that was lost in a storm. While it is a pretty small sampling, it has always struck me as pretty good scientific evidence that changing the name of a boat is dangerous. That said I have subscribed to the theory that whatever turns a boat dangerous once it has its name changed, you can mitigate that problem if you keep part of the old name in the new name.
For example, I once bought a boat called "Miss Blitz". Frankly that sounded too Nazi for me, so I was going to change the name to 'Miss B'. But that had no meaning to me. My prior boat to that one was called 'Havn' which was Scandinavian for a port of shelter, and so I combined the two into 'Miss B. Havn' and that boat never did give me a tough time.
But I generally try to buy boats with names that I like to avoid having to deal with this whole name change issue.
Anyway, Good luck with the new boat, whatever you name her.
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