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StellaBlue



Joined: 09 Jan 2020
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City/Region: San Juan Islands
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2019
C-Dory Model: 26 Venture
Vessel Name: Stella Blue
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:04 am    Post subject: Vessel Name Decal Size Reply with quote

Hello Good people. Recently purchased a 2019 Venture 26 for use in the San Juan Islands.. I'm away in California and have not even seen the boat in person to date! Therefore I'm wondering about the appropriate size for the vessel name decals to be placed below the two side windows. How tall can the lettering be without it appearing too crowded? I am considering ordering the decals through Boat USA. Any experience with the quality of their decals? Any recommendations as to the best material type for multiple years of life?

I'm very excited to join all of you in this community and look forward to meeting many of you - in person - in the future! Smile

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ssobol



Joined: 27 Oct 2012
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City/Region: Leesburg
State or Province: VA
C-Dory Year: 2008
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: SoBELLE
Photos: SoBelle
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Vessel Name Decal Size Reply with quote

StellaBlue wrote:
... Therefore I'm wondering about the appropriate size for the vessel name decals to be placed below the two side windows. How tall can the lettering be without it appearing too crowded? I am considering ordering the decals through Boat USA. Any experience with the quality of their decals? Any recommendations as to the best material type for multiple years of life? ...


It'll depend on the name of the boat and the font you decide to use.

I used https://doityourselflettering.com/ a number of times and have been very satisfied with the results.

On my 22 cruiser the side name is 7.25" x 28". On the 22 the flat part of the cabin side below the window is about 10" high.

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srbaum



Joined: 30 Aug 2010
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City/Region: Portsmouth
State or Province: VA
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 26 Venture
Vessel Name: Osprey
Photos: Osprey
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stellablue,
I purchased my letters from https://doityourselflettering.com. On my 26, the height of the letters are 6 1/2" and the length is 32". They also did my registration numbers. I have used them for several of my boats and they are great. If you can't figure out what you want, call and they will have an advisor help you. If you mess anything up while installing, they replace it free, no shipping or questions asked.

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hardee



Joined: 30 Oct 2006
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City/Region: Sequim
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Sleepy-C
Photos: SleepyC
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stella, the 2 examples already posted are good ones. You should consider the font style and size. The purpose of the name is to be recognized, so it's better if it is bigger and easily readable from a distance. I used a font that had slightly ronded corners. Less likely to peel up at the points.

Sorry I can't post the link here, but if you go to my album, the top left corner has a sub-album called "Naming Our C-Dory" and you can see a step by step process.

Enjoy the new to you 26, AND plan on coming out to the Friday Harbor C-Brat Get Together in May. There is a current thread addressing that evet running now. We look forward to meeting you.

Harvey
SleepyC Moon

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thataway



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
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City/Region: Pensacola
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C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: thataway
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



As those above have noted one reason to have the name is so that the vessel is recognized. I have 8" letters on the side of the current 25. As I recollect our last 22 had about 6.5" letters. The letters are "shadowed in gold" as the C Dory emblem is on this boat. I also had the local vinyl shop do the registration letters and numbers. I suggest that you have the heaviest premium vinyl used--it will look better for a long time. Also consider if you want any graphics, and how long the different fonts are going to be. You want a readable font.

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Micahbigsur@msn.com



Joined: 27 May 2019
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City/Region: Big Sur
State or Province: CA
C-Dory Year: 2003
C-Dory Model: 25 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Sierra
Photos: Sierra
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We used 8 inches on the cabin side panels we put in contrasting shadow, and reflective lettering, a lot of fun to design and easy to install, we have used BoatUS lettering in the past, can't remember which on line one we used for Sierra, there are many choices, I like 3M brand vinyl. We did the registration and also did the home port on the stern quarters in case we decide to document the boat with the Coast Guard like we did with our last 2 boats.
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srbaum



Joined: 30 Aug 2010
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City/Region: Portsmouth
State or Province: VA
C-Dory Year: 2007
C-Dory Model: 26 Venture
Vessel Name: Osprey
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

StellaBlue,
I took close-ups of my boat's name, so that you can see how it worked out. My boat is green trim, so the name is green, with gold shadow. The boat numbers are supposed to be block characters, but I deviated slightly, with contrasting white with gold shadow.
http://www.c-brats.com/modules.php?set_albumName=album3073&op=modload&name=gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php
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Marco Flamingo



Joined: 09 Jul 2015
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City/Region: Seattle
State or Province: WA
C-Dory Year: 2004
C-Dory Model: 16 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Limpet
Photos: Limpet
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used a place called BoatLetteringToYou.com. Lots of DIY options (plus T-shirts, coffee mugs, etc.) and a video on how to apply.

I used a matching font on the transom, plus plain font black for the home port. Also a matching font for the State hull ID numbers. Pictures are in my photo album.

I have a CD 16, so my letter size probably would not apply. Be careful of fancy fonts and multiple colors. Looks great in the marina. Might not be what you want when somebody is searching for you with binoculars.

Most difficult part was thinking "If I was a limpet, what font would I use?"

Mark
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hardee



Joined: 30 Oct 2006
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City/Region: Sequim
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C-Dory Year: 2005
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: Sleepy-C
Photos: SleepyC
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Micahbigsur@msn.com wrote:
We used 8 inches on the cabin side panels we put in contrasting shadow, and reflective lettering, a lot of fun to design and easy to install, we have used BoatUS lettering in the past, can't remember which on line one we used for Sierra, there are many choices, I like 3M brand vinyl. We did the registration and also did the home port on the stern quarters in case we decide to document the boat with the Coast Guard like we did with our last 2 boats.


When I did "SleepyC" I tried to find reflective lettering. I think that is a great idea. Where did you find it?

Harvey
SleepyC Moon
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ssobol



Joined: 27 Oct 2012
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City/Region: Leesburg
State or Province: VA
C-Dory Year: 2008
C-Dory Model: 22 Cruiser
Vessel Name: SoBELLE
Photos: SoBelle
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hardee wrote:
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When I did "SleepyC" I tried to find reflective lettering. I think that is a great idea. Where did you find it?

Harvey
SleepyC Moon


DIY Lettering has "Premium Reflective Vinyl" that is "engineering-grade, retro-reflective 5mil cast vinyl [that] meets or exceeds Federal Specifications L-S 300C (Reflectivity 1) and ASTM-D-4956-99."

I have not seen a sample of this product though.
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DayBreak



Joined: 16 Jul 2017
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City/Region: Monmouth, Or.
State or Province: OR
C-Dory Year: 2018
C-Dory Model: 23 Venture
Vessel Name: DayBreak
Photos: DayBreak
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The large block letter size is excellent for recognition from a distance. We used DIYLettering.com and are happy with their product. You can provide a design for them or they can provide the lettering for you. They offer a variety of colors, letter styles other features. Check out their website.
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