Tag: Custom Vinyl Boat Names Installed in Tampa Bay

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 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 Names in the Tampabay/Clearwater Area

Doug Rohloff from Dunedin, Florida has been producing boat names in the Tampabay/Clearwater are for over 15 years.

Doug the “boat name guy” will help you design your unique boat name. Just tell him the name, style, size and how big. The brand boat and the size of the boat.

The boat name guy will come out to look at your boat, take measurements and photographs of where you would like the boat name. He will then design proofs to give you ideas of how you dreamed the boat name would look like. He will then give you a final proof for you to approve.

Next is the printing process where he uses a proffessional grade plotter to cut out each color of 8 year, 3M vinyl graphics. Placing the graphics on top of each other to make a full color image or wording with optional shadows and images.

Boat Names can be shipped worldwide to any marina, business or home. Doug Rohloff the Boat Name Guy will insure delivery and help you step by step if you decide to DIY. (do it yourself) Otherwise will personally come to you to do the full installation!

The Boat Name Guy Serves the Florida’s Tampa Bay/Clearwater and Sarasota / Bradenton Area. Including: Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, New Port Richey, Sarasota, Bradenton and Palmetto.

 

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