Category: Graphic Design

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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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 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.

 

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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