Category: Pinellas County Boat Names

Boat Name Gift Certificate

What is the best gift to give a captain or boat owner that does not have a boat name?
A Boat Name Gift Certificate!
If you are looking for the perfect gift for a captain of a beautiful vessel without a boat name, you have found it!
Nothing is better than helping a boat owner with their boat name. Not only does a boat name give a boat character and a theme, it also brings luck!
The whole process can be bought and given to your loved one with just one certificate.

Includes:
Boat Name Design
Unlimited Proofs
Graphics Up to 2 Colors
One Consultation at the Boats Location
Travel & Install in Pasco, Pinellas, hillsborough and Manatee County!

ALSO A FREE PORT NAME & Registration #’s if needed!

FREE Shipping for DIY Customers!

The boat name certificate can be custom made with names and dates!

The Gift-Certificate will bear your name as the giver of the boat name, and the bearer of the good fortune certificate has full controll of the boat name process.

Contact the Boat Name Guy today to give a gift that keeps on giving for years!

The Boat name gift that keeps giving!

Your gift certificate will be sent to you immediately in an easy to print pdf file format via email, or I can mail it to you free of charge.

Please call Doug, the Boat Name Guy for more details: 727-742-6162

 

 

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

Soul-Mates

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.

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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How a Dogs Name “Stew Canoe” was Turned into a Boat Name

Caricature of Dog Used for Boat Name

I really enjoyed working with John and his dog “Stew Canoe”. John said he wanted to put his dog’s caricature on his boat. And call it the Stew Canoe. His dog took over Stew-Canoeeverything. Cute little dog, unless you got close to him. Then the growling started.Stew-Canoe-Caricature

John supplied me with a photo to go by so I could draw Stew. I started with some light pencil outlines and then re drew the drawing in pen and ink. After I had the drawing approved I went to my scanner to scan the caricature. I needed to digitize the drawing so I could get vectored art lines so I can make detailed changes. I need vector art work to do most of my boat names.

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Next the proof was sent to John and his wife for the final proofing.

The next day the Boat Name Guy had the graphics installed.

Stew-Canoe

Contact the boat Name Guy for a free consultation. He will come out to your boat and brainstorm some ideas with you. Will take precise measurements and photographs to help with the proofing process. He will continue the momentum till your boat name is installed.

 

The Ziggy Boat Name Process

The Ziggy Boat Name Process

One day I was asked if I was able to make the Ziggy boat name logo and put it on a sailboat as a boat name. I immediately started searching for the Ziggy logo. Brought back memories of my childhood when I looked in the newspaper everyday for the latest comic strip.  I found the logo and imported in to my illustration program. From there I was able to make vectored lines that I would need to cut each color of the Ziggy logo. Then I placed te logo over the photograph that my customer supplied me. After a little bit of photo-shopping and moving the letters in a perspective view, I was able to make it look like the boat name was already completed.

I sent the proof and the estimate of how much it would cost to continue designing with proofs and cut the graphics, travel and install. The customer replied back with the go ahead and a 50% deposit. 

Later that day I went to the boat to take measurements and to see exactly what I was contending with. I saw that there was a better place for me to place the logo. I explained that I would cut the blue stripping and put the boat name in between the stripping. I also explained that I would use the same color stripping that was on the boat to really tie it together. Without further explaining the boat owner told me he trusted my judgment and to do what i do best.

I went back to the shop and ordered the same blue that was on the boat. I had the yellow and started prepping the file so that when the vinyl comes in the next day I would be able to get right to work. The next day the blue came in and I went to print. I also went ahead and printed his port name as a freebee.

The next day I was back and completed the job within just three days. The customer was ecstatic when he came back from work. The Ziggy boat name was placed on both sides of his boat.

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