Full Color Boat Name Design, Printing and Install in the Tampabay Clearwater area

Some boat name lettering and graphics are requested to be in a full color. In other words you can see the fade of each color compared to just solid spot colors. It can be considered that three to four colors on a boat name logo could be declared as a full color if that’s all the color that is needed in your logo.

A four colored boat name like Sandys beach above was plotted out in seperate colors. Then each color is installed on the boat seperatly untill the boat name logo is acheived.

The technology for printing boat names has come a long way and today we are able to make full Color Prints last for years. The process is still done on vinyl. Large format printing machines can print on a white 3M vinyl. After printing the graphics, another large laminating machine laminates on top of it to help protect from scratches and UV rays.
Here are some of the pros and cons of having a full-color graphic rather than having solid base vinyl colors.

  • Still to this day solid non printed viynl colors will not fade as fast as a printed viynl.
  • Full color printed graphics are a little more costly to design and create out of 3m material.
  • The full color boat name is clearly more vivid and pleasing to the eye.
  • It is important to have someone design it corectly to compliment your boat and to stay away from high contrstd that could make the boat logo muddy and not visiable from a distance.
  • If part of a full color graphic some how gets damaged it is a bit more costly to repair.

Two color lettering in Black and white with a Full color Mermaid Graphic.

 

Reel Dreamin Boat nameThe best boat name graphic material to use is called 3M 180c Controltac viynl with a clear outdoor laminate. The boat Name Guy only uses the best quaility when doing boat names.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes we find ourselves to get too detailed with our boat names and it tends to get lost in the colors of our boats. Staying with just one color often does the trick and is much more visible from a distance.

The Boat name guy can help you with every acpect of the boat name process. From Boat name Ideas and design to printing and installing in the Tampa Bay, Clearwater area. Check out the Boat Name Form and see how the boat name guy can make getting a boat name a fun and easy process.

Joan Harrell

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Boat Lettering and Graphics in Pinellas County, Florida Designed and Installed by the Boat Name Guy

Boat Name Guy has Your Boat Name Designed and Installed in Pinellas County 

The Boat Name Guy is a fast acting, creative one stop shop for boat name lettering, logos and registration numbers. The Boat Name Guy (B.N.G.) also produces a large range of marine identity personalization products.

Custom made signs, flags, Marine ID-Cards, License plates and apparel.

From the proofing to the installation and or shipping, Boat Name Guy will make your boat name experience a breeze. B.N.G. takes your boat name serious and will continue the momentum until you are 100% satisfied. You will remember the Boat Name Guy for his professionalism and speedy attention to the details that go behind into a boat name theme Identity.

Boat Names in Pinellas County

Boat Name Guy Has You Covered In Pinellas County, Florida

B.N.G. has always admired the Pinellas County area as one of the largest boat community’s in the world.  An area like this needed a dedicated boat name designer that is NOT also busy with other lines of work in the sign industry.  With so many sign companies saying they will get back to you, but never do… Websites that claim they have a large design team crew that always comes up short on their design ideas.

Not to mention the websites that offer the customer to design it themselves with a limited resource of fonts and graphics. With the hundreds of marinas, lagoons and boat sale showrooms there had to be someone that a boat owner could rely on.

Boat Name Guy can help you as soon as you are ready to make a name for your boat. With the easy Boat Identity Form you can have a response quickly and affordable. No job is too small, whether it is a dingy in Largo or a 63’ Yacht in Tarpon Springs. B.N.G will be there to help you! If your boat is in the water at Shell Key in Tierra Verde Pinellas County, or on a trailer on the Dunedin Causeway. Boat Name Guy has you covered!

The Boat Name Guy can also deliver or ship your graphics anywhere in the world with complete and accurate boat name installation instructions. B.N.G also has step by step tutorials on Youtube for a better visual understanding of the whole boat name process.

 

Buying A Boat Name On Ebay Buyers Guide, the Pros and Cons

Do your research before buying a boat name graphics on eBay!

You finally found the perfect name for your boat! Now you’re thinking this is the easy part. Your first thought is to get it done quick and cheap. The first thing most people will do is shoot right to eBay or Google and search for “boat lettering Design“. Before moving forward please read the pro’s and con’s

So what are the pros and cons of ordering an eBay Boat Name?

Let’s start with the pros:

  1. It is a quick and easy way to get a boat name on your boat if you know exactly what you want.
  2. There are many different styles to order from. At the very least will give you a good ides on what you want.
  3. Before ordering you can see if the seller has a reputation in what they do. You can tell by their feedback. But don’t be fooled as some feedback has nothing to do with their boat name sales.

Next, we move onto the cons:

  1. There are not many sellers that offer design with your boat name. Meaning you just get the boat lettering in a straight line. No curves or extra editing of the chosen font.
  2. No graphics or clipart to choose from unless you message the seller and they offer it for an extra charge.
  3. No proofs or little communication with the designer. They only take your information once and print it out without showing you what it will look like.
  4. Very little to choose from as far as color and font choices.

Basically it’s “buyer be aware”, when buying on eBay. You can see just by the dsign of the listing if they are professionals.

But before you do make sure you have the right information to give to the seller. Most sellers will give you different options. Some may not meet up to your needs if you want more than a one color boat name.


Here is a list of the most important information you should have before you even look for a graphics…

This list will help any designer have a better idea on what you want.

  1. The Boat Name? There are some out there that will help you think and dream up a name for your boat but this part should really be up to the owner. Besides, the
    What to name my boat?

    What to name my boat?

    captain is the one who will be calling the boats name to start up on that one cold morning. Come On “Betty Lou”, Start UP!!

  2. The Font Style? With over 32,000 font families and over a million fonts that are related, you sure do have your own work cut out for you! You can break this process down by picking a lettering family. For instance Ariel, Comic, Cursive, Script, Impact. And it also depends on the theme of the boat. Beach, Fishing, Sport, Island hopper, bar hopper. Most boat name designers can help you with this and may also have their own fonts that you can choose from.
  3. The Size? A good carpenter’s quote is to measure twice, cut once! In which is the same when asking a printer to print your graphics. You want to measure the right size so the name does not look too big or too small. The width from left to right and the height from top to bottom.
  4. The colors? Most boat names are one basic color with a shadow a color. When ordering on eBay you will see the different listings with different size and color options.
  5. Port Name or Hailing Name? Some eBay listings offer a free port name. The town or city you ship out from.
  6. Registration Numbers? The Boat Name Guy also includes Registration Numbers if needed for free with boat name purchase!

Some eBay sellers sell the design of your boat name in which they may require more information to proceed.  They may ask for a photograph of where the boat name will be placed so they can show you a better proof.

The Boat Name Guy decided to sell a little bit on eBay when he noticed that there was a need for it. The lack of design and proofs were needed to help make customers happy and enjoy their boat name for years to come.

You can find the Boat name Guy on ebay here! >> Boat*Name*Guy <<

Re-Doing A Boat Name from Krissy to Pair O’ Docs

There is always that feeling when re-doing a boat name. Will the boat forgive me that I changed its name? Maybe spiritually the boat likes its name. It has gone this far with no problems. Then there is that fear that it is bad luck to change a name.

Well I have a few ways to get around these little traditional problems!

  1. Put the old name underneath the boat. Keep the name but don’t tell anyone! Have the old name reprinted in a smaller font and placed under the boats bow.
  2. Have your boat baptized as a re-born vessel. The boat will feel like it has a new start in life. Don’t forget to completely sage your boat. To learn more about using sage contact a Celestial Circle Metaphysical Store.
  3. Doing a renaming ceremony might be for you if your really religious. Inviting your friends and family to participate in a spiritual ceremony with a priest and a nun might be what you need to get through these changing times. Your family may think you just found a premature reason to drink before getting the boat in the water. But also calling so many people to your boat and pointing out the issue with your new boat seems to be just as unlucky to already have such a problem.

Removing Boat Name Krissy

What happens when you are removing a name that has been on a boat for 8 to ten years is that it preserves what is behind the lettering. The graphics stop the UV lighting and weathering effects. It preserves that new boat shine and stops the aging process in its tracks. 

 

I slowly removed the name with Windex, a painter’s scraper razor and a heat gun. This process needs to be done with caution!  When using a heat gun you risk burning and cracking the gel coat. Just adding a little bit of heat at a time right before the vinyl begins to melt.

After removing as much of the vinyl as you can use a moderate amount of Windex. Then use the razor blade scrapper on a 40 degree angle or less to prevent digging into the gel coat.

Next use liberal amounts of acetone on a rag to remove the adhesive. Keep turning the rag over to a new area to prevent rubbing the glue back on to the boat. Here is where you are going to use the most elbow grease.  It may be necessary for you to continue using the paint scrapper to remove the entire amount of adhesive. You don’t want to use a buffer until you remove it all! When complete it is possible that you will see the ghost of the name still. This is where you may want to use water and a very fine grit sand paper. Only rubbing the areas where the graphics were.

It may also be necessary to apply several coats of a compound wax cleaner to remove all of the ghosting. Sometimes you will still be left with the ghosting when you look at it in a certain angle. It really depends how long the name was there. With this project it was estimated that the name was on the boat when it was purchased new in 2003. That makes the name 13 yrs old. That is a long time especially in warmer climates areas.

After many proofs and making sure what the customer was looking for I immediately went to print. Pair O’ Docs is a two color, black lettering with a gold metallic. Both colors were printed separate and then placed on the boat together.

After the name was installed additional coats of wax were applied.

Pair O' Docs

 

Redoing the Boat Name Invictus Exactly How it was Before

Sometimes when I re-do a boat name the customer wants the same boat name with some small graphic changes. And Sometimes I’m asked to do a boat name exactly how it was before. The only reference I had with Invictus is a few photos of what it looked like before. invictus-reference-only

I tried to take a photo in the same angle the old photos were in. I took accurate measurements of the boat and transferred all the information to my design software

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PROOF ONLY

program, Corel Draw X8. I then took the new photo of the boat without the name and placed it under the old reference pictures. I then enlarged the photos to eight feet.

 

I found the font called “Algerian”, the same font that was used. I then placed the fonts over the photos to mockup as close as I could to the reference photos. I then took that and placed them over the real measurements I had to work with including the hatch door gaps and hinges and eclipsed the lettering along the curve of the railing. I was pretty confident that I had the same size I would just have to make sure when I installed the lettering that they were placed in the same way.gold-engine-turn

Next I wanted to be sure of the colors. By looking at the old photos, I saw them as an imitation gold and a red shadow outline. Although the customer and I did not think red was going to be a good color choice. We decided to go with a burgandy color. More like a light Merlot wine color to match better with the dark marine blue.

The two colors we went with was:

  •    Gold Turn Engine
  •     Burgundy

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Once the material was ordered and delivered I went to work applying the graphics at the graphic studio. Each color was cut out in burgundy letters, then all the gold letters were cut out. I then placed the gold on each letter with application tape.

I scheduled the following day to install the graphics. It couldn’t have been a nicer day. It was one of Florida’s first cool fronts. Light wind, low humidity and highs only 78 degrees.

The owners were nice enough to have the hull fully cleaned before I arrived. I only had to make sure it was dust free with a micro fiber cleaning cloth.

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I carefully placed the graphics where they laid before. I continued to look at the old pictures and placed them just right on the hull. I stood back many times just to make sure it was in the right spot.

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The application paper was removed and the lettering adhered to the boat very nicely as if the boat was missing them. Next I applied the hailing name or some say Port name to the boat.

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After I was finished applying the last letter I actually felt that this boat was happy again. A nice breeze came by and it felt like a new life. Also at the same time I finished the last letter a drip of water came out of the doors hatch handle and fell across the letter and on to my hand. Chills came over me… And although I felt stupid for telling the owners what just happened and how I felt. I felt compelled to tell them. They simply replied back with a smile like they knew too.

I never asked why the owners choose to keep the name or why they liked such a name. But after rereading the poem again since the last time I did in elementary school, it was understandable how this name is one of the best names to have for such a strong and majestic boat,

I N V I C T U S

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

 

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

 

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

 

 

Boat Name Phrases are as good as a Boat Name

A boat name does not necessarily have to be a familiar name. Boat name phrases of how life treats boat owners have become a lot more common.

Of course you can’t really cheer your boat up to go a little faster to outrun a threatening storm. “Common Life is Good, Go Faster”!  Well…Maybe?

Boat Name Phrase Life is Good

Life is Good Boat name phrase

Another boat phrase name, “Just Chillin Time”. Was not made to be called by name but to show others what they are attending to do out on the water. Being at an island relaxing sporting a boat name that states exactly what the boat owner has dreamed of doing. Other onlookers walk by on the beach and see what’s happening on the boat and then it all just makes sense.

Just Chillin Time

Just Chillin Time

Women names are still the most popular when naming a boat. This is probably because of the simplicity of the name. Another reason is the good fortune of a beautifully shaped boat should endure. One of the best reasons could be the ease of stating your boats name over a ham radio. To either say you are stuck out in the sea or to let ports and bridges know that you are entering the areas. This should be something to think about before naming your boat a phrase rather than a name that reminds you of what you engine is made of.

Now that most boats are used for recreational use it seems like it makes more sense to change the rules when naming your boat. After all it was your dream to have that boat. Why not show the true words that are thought of to make this boat dream possible?

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If you are not at work anymore and you’re not going back… Why not state that pride on your boat? On top of that it makes a great conversational piece when you are out there with the millions of other happy boaters.

Florida Registration Numbers in Design or bold block letters

I know what you’re thinking. You want a registration number to match your boat name like on the back of the transom! Or numbers that look like a Salt Life font.

Well it is a free world out there, so if you want to see your Florida registration numbers in a whispery font with skull bones, have at it!Crazy-Registration-Numbers

 

Just know the rules before you go out to sea. And when I say rules I mean the Florida’s boating laws, found in Ch. 327  and Ch. 328 , Florida Statutes. Also found at http://myfwc.com/boating/regulations/

The Registration number must be in the front part of the bow above the waterline. Letters must be a block Ariel font and at least 3” in height. The color should be in contrast of the hull

Registration Number placement

When you register your boat you will also need to put a validation decal on the port (Left) side of the vessel when using Florida waters. The Decal needs to be within 6” of either before or after the registration numbers. I like to put them before the numbers on the star board side and after on the port side. You have up to 30 days from purchase of the vessel to do this.

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Letters must be separated from the numbers by a hyphen or space equal to letter width.

For Example: FL 5678 GR or FL-5678-GR

Florida-Dry-Storage

Dry Bag

Of course you must have your Certificate of Registration on board with all your other important documentation. This should be available for inspection by an enforcement officer whenever the boat is in operation. You should keep all your credentials preferably in dry storage or an Outdoors MASTER 20L Floating Waterproof Dry Bag.

Now with that being said do you think it would be okay to have your registration number any other way? Sure! We just need to be a little creative… We could do it in two colors and make the bold font a little fancy like this.

Registratin Number Design

Some insist on having the registration number designed radical and in theme of their boat.

Please note that an enforcement officer may over look this small crime. If at all they may just give you a warning. It is your call to wonder how many times you will come across law enforcement out on your journeys.

Where can I find my custom made registration numbers?

There are two ways

1. Have the boat Name Guy print them for you!

The Boat Name Guy will design and create 2-Custom Made Vinyl Graphics specially cut and spaced on two decals.

You will receive one pair of graphic numbers.

One for each side of your boat.
For one price! $25
Simply send me an email or text me your Registration Numbers and Your E-Mail address. I will send you a proof with no obligation to buy!

Will reply same day. Most of the time within minutes.

A Paypal Invoice will also be sent for when you decide to move forward.

Pick up or locally meet for free!

Or you can have it shipped for only $3 anywhere in the United States.

Same business day shipping!

2. Get the old fashion peel and stick numbers package!

This is a way to just get it done with. Buy a 3-Inch Boat & PWC Registration Number Kit. Comes with all the numbers and letters you need. The con about this is you have to put each number and letter up individually. Meaning you have to make sure it goes up straight. If you are good at DIY then this option could be fine.

Anyway you have your Florida Registration Numbers prepared just keep in mind that not only is it the law you also want to make sure you can be seen from a distance. In case you get stuck somewhere.

 

Boat Lettering Fonts Should Relate to Your Boat Name Theme

What Font to use makes or breaks the Boat Name!

It all depends on what your boat name is. If your boat name is “Wet Wind”, you probably don’t want to see the name in a block letter. But it sure would look good if the word wind was in a whispering font and the Wet word looked like the word was wet in the wind. That is why boat lettering fonts should relate to your boat name theme

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So before I start proofing a boat name, I first go through some fonts that look good. I pick fonts that either looks wet or windy. Latter on I can make changes to each letter if need be. I throw in a couple of plain ones just to help with the visual of the name. Sometimes names get to fancy or are flooded with graphics and the name is hard to see from a distant. Or even as far as the dock.

I did a simple search in google and came across a font website that had the look I was thinking of. The font is called wet dream. With some changes to the font I made it look the way I wanted it. Also notice the opening in the “e”.

Wet Wind

So this would be the first proof I would send a customer that picked this name. It is sometimes overwhelming to see so many fonts and graphics. You may sometimes feel like you want to see it all. Maybe in the near future we will have motion graphics.

Another boat owner wanted to have the name Aqua Marie. The theme of this particular boat had to be about the owner’s daughter and a Disney character.

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Every boat name that has been thought of usually comes with the work of picking the right boat lettering. Sometimes a font will scream your boat name and then you just know they were meant to be together. Out of a lineup of ten fonts the boat owner knew that font #1 was the right feel for his marine identity.

Aqua-marie

Picking the right boat lettering fonts for your boat is crucial. Some believe of just having their name in just a basic traditional font. Then later decide that there boat name had no spark.

When you have a graphic artist create your name it is important to explain exactly what you are looking for. The boat name guys form is a great place to start. Then leave the rest to a creative artist to do the rest.

There are some boat owners that make the mistake of ordering from those websites that the customer designs themselves. But always comes up short with a lack of options to change anything. You are basically stuck using only a few font selections and minimum of graphics. So if you need some boat lettering done to your boat be sure to have the Boat Name Guy help you!

Tiki Bar Signs Made in Florida, U.S.A.

Boat Name Guy also creates custom made Tiki Bar Signs. The one’s you see mostly in A1AFlorida in a local bar along the A1A highway. Each one is created with a real aluminum grade substrate. The same ones you will spot in your own home town.

Each sign is custom made with rounded corners and holes to hang in your own themed man cave oroutside bar. Custom signs from A1A to Jimmy Buffett.

The A1A sign can be remembered by the long stretch of highway the starts at the Fernandina Beach, just south of Georgia on Amelia Island.  The north-south Florida State Road that runs mostly along the Atlantic Ocean, with sections from Key West at the southern tip of FloridaA1A or A-1-A is the fifth studio album by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and the third major label album in Buffett’s Don Gant-produced “Key West phase.”JIMMY-BUFFETT-Sign

 

Tiki Bar Signs made in Florida is a great way to decorate your home themed bar or restaurant. All signs are weather proof and can last in a category 5 hurricane. Well, you may not have the sign any more but is somewhere intact…

Hurricane-Tiki-Bar

 

This sign drove people nuts in the past
years in Florida, because of all the
hurricanes we got! I had many requests to
make these for my customers. It brings
back memories…  

This sign also makes a great decoration
piece for Your Tiki Bar or Swimming Pool!

All signs are made from the same marine grade viynl used to make boat names. The aluminum is a .040 guage thickness.

TIKI BAR SIGNS

NEW FLORIDA, U.S.A. TIKI BAR SIGNS!

Boat Name Graphic Design Concepts, Proofs and Marine Identity for Knot On Call

How I Gave “Knot On Call” A Boat Name Design Theme

My favorite part of the boat name process is designing it to customer’s ideas. When I first sit with a new customer I can usually tell the kind of boat name they are looking for. After some brainstorming I write down all the ideas and graphics that they may want to see.

When I begin the Boat Name Graphic Design Concepts and Proofs I collect all the pieces of clip art, fonts and background theme ideas all on one canvas. I then put together a collage of fonts with and without drop shadows.

I put the name of the boat that the customer asked for and dress it up with theme related objects to tie the name together and make it their own marine identity.

Next I tie in all the fonts. I first ask how the customer how they imagined their boat name to look like. Then I bring to the table at least 10-12 different fonts that are pleasant to the eye. I pick fonts that are designed for certain themes. In this case a nautical theme.

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It is now time to send the first proof! I send the customer a proof that looks like a canvas KNOT-ON-CALLConcept-Designswith every part of the theme they imagined. I also put together right off the bat one to two designs that I believe the customer would like.

In this case I designed four concepts. This starts the ball rolling. I reply back to customers emails immediately to continue the momentum. I mark the proof by number so not to confuse the direction the design process is taking. The customer asked for some final changes. I show eaxct dementions and photoshop it to look like it is already on their boat.

Approved Boat Name Proof Design Concept

Approved Boat Name Design Concept

Off to the printing process. I break the drawing up in three colors, Grey, Blue and Black. Each color will overlap to show a three color logo. Each color is printed on a separate roll of that color. I will install the blue and black at the studio and add the black graphics later on in the install. The vinyl I use is an 8yr, 3M product. 3M seems to be the best because of the durability compared to other brands. But not always necessarily used.

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The install was on an early Thursday morning. Sunrise at 6:49. Temperature 73°, clear skies with a light breeze from the east. Perfect weather for a boat name install. I first cleaned the back of the boat with a little bit if acetone to remove any dirt particles. But because this was a brand new boat, there was not much to clean.

Install

The Boat Name Install at 6:30 AM at Marina 1, Dunedin

The Finished product came out perfect.  The product is exactly what the proofs showed. I really work hard when producing design proofs. I love to show a boat name on a boat like it was already finished.

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