specializes in Boat Lettering!
(see samples at bottom of page)
For creative ideas on boat NAMES.....click Here
SignWave is a premium boat lettering service. We do not use the cookie-cutter type of approach like the numerous
on-line boat lettering sites. They overlook the many critical details
that are involved, and only offer a small selection of generic
(and frankly terrible) fonts. They've also been known to use cheap, low grades
of vinyl which do not last in the harsh marine environment. There
are numerous details to consider when
lettering a boat, so whether you're local or not, we've devised a system to navigate this task:
For those customers with boats outside of the Sidney/Victoria area,
you will need to provide us with the pertinent information in order for
us to offer a quote. Simply send an email,
and request the boat lettering questionnaire.
For local vessels, we offer the service of doing a "Site Visit".
This enables us to take in the full scope of the job, including:
- Assessing the boat's surface condition. This is important, for
if the (gelcoat) surface is old, chalky & oxidized, the lettering
won't adhere properly, so some reconditioning may be required before any
lettering is applied. If any reconditioning is required,
this would need to be handled by a boat/fibreglass professional of your
choice - we do not recondition boat surfaces.
- Doing accurate
colour-matching if required. Often, the colour of the boat name ought to
tie into an existing colour on the boat such as canvas or stripe colours.
Accurately matching colours cannot be done by photos that you
email us, because firstly, your camera "interpreted" the
colour, and secondly, all monitors display colour differently, so it's
only going to be an approximation to the actual colour on your boat.
On a site visit, we bring along a colour chart of the available vinyl
colours to get a match as close as possible.
- Most important of all, the site visit allows us to take all of the
pertinent measurements so that the name produced will fit properly to
the unique size & shape of your boat and its available space, and to
avoid any obstacles such as hardware, drain-holes etc.
We offer the "Site Visit" service at a discounted
rate of $40.00 for the Sidney area, and $75.00 for the Victoria
area. It is invaluable, as it eliminates any potential
problems. You are welcome to meet with us on the site visit to discuss
options, but this is not mandatory. (The
site visit is generally not required if you're just ordering Licence numbers).
For those locals who elect to forego
the site visit service,
you will need to provide us with the pertinent information in order for
us to offer an estimate. Simply send us an email,
and request the boat lettering questionnaire. If you can provide photos, that
is very helpful too (please keep JPG files under 1 MB in size).
As with other kinds of signs, the
most important aspect of your boat lettering is the design.
When it comes to lettering
your boat, there is usually a particular look that appropriately represents the
boat, the name itself, or a combination of
these. By drawing upon our 25 years of professional design
experience, we offer the ability to create a unique name on your boat
that you'll love.
Here's an example:
We have over
typefaces (fonts) to design
your boat name, and can also custom-design. We prefer if the font
choice and design aspect is handled on our
end, but feel free to let us know of any particular
look/style/feeling/personality that you might like to see. You can
use descriptive words like "formal", "traditional",
"fun", "script", "bold",
"light", "elegant", "playful",
"feminine", "masculine", "cute",
"ornate", "old fashioned", "curly" etc, or
just leave it up to us.
If there is a particular font you have in mind, please let us know by giving
us the font name and a web link. *Please do not email MS Word document files with a particular font
from your computer applied to the text; for while we have just about
every font on the planet, if our computer doesn't have that font installed,
the text within the Word doc will change to some other font without
The design is a critical and inherent part of doing the job, and as we
spend considerable time on this important component, a deposit is
required. Design time isn't free, it's part of doing the job.
Only a proven, premium grade of vinyl is used, and a wide
selection of colours are available. If you want your lettering
done in the older method of hand-lettering with paint, we can do that
too (for local orders), but vinyl is the preferred method.
We also make Name
Boards (also known as "Quarterboards").
For non-local orders:
We are located in Sidney BC, and can ship your lettering to any
All jobs are saved on file for any future needs should they arise.
(click for larger
Licence Numbers too.....from $25.00/pair.
Our Licence Numbers are made
from the highest grade of vinyl, and are provided to you not as
individual numbers, but as one complete unit
(per side) assuring perfect alignment of the numbers.
Regulations require a 3" letter height, and a contrasting colour.
Thanks so much for the lettering Colin.
It looks great and we are very happy with it. Thanks also for
doing it so quickly. - Rowen Moffat.
Thanks so much again Colin for the lettering. I am absolutely thrilled
with how they turned out. - Ron Middleton.
Hi Colin, you did an absolutely fantastic job on the boat name and
lettering. I have had nothing but compliments on it...exceptional work! It
was great working with you, your services will undoubtedly be
sought after in the future. - Ward Cartier.
Dear Colin, a note of thanks for the splendid service you provided in
putting the name on our sailboat Escapade. The lettering has
converted the bare hull into a distinctive and classy vessel. The
process of seeing alternative formats, by you superimposing them onto a
digital photograph by computer in your workshop was particularly
convenient and vivid and made the selection process simple and
sure. If we ever upgrade to a larger boat, then we'll be in
touch. - J & D Carter.
The boat looks fantastic ... worth every penny! - Kelly Graves.
Dear Colin, Thank you for your great work in designing and affixing a name for our
boat. It was gratifying to see the effort that you put into the design
of the chosen name and indeed how different the name looked after your
invaluable input. You created a number of suitable design options
for us to look at and helped us greatly in the final choice.
Compliments flowed fast and freely from Sherwood Marine employees on not
only the name that we had chosen for our boat but also on the look of
the lettering. We will unhesitatingly recommend you to others as
need be and wish you continued success in the future and during the New
Year in 2005. Sincerely, Terry and Dawne McFall.
Just want to let you know that I got the signs on the boat the next day
and they look great! Thanks for a great product. - Bruce Anderson.
We were just out at the boat and we are absolutely thrilled with the
work you did - it looks first class. Thank you so much from the both of
us. - Mark & Daphne Appleton.
Thanks for installing the lettering. You do a fabulous job! - Jim
Hi Colin - we wanted to personally thank you for lettering our
boat. We appreciated your quick turn around and excellent
work. Many thanks and kind regards. - Linda & Giampiero.
Great Job! Great Service! Thanks a lot. - Jerry McCracken.
I put the signs of the boat, and they look great. We're delighted!
- Peter Abbott.
The name looks great! Thanks for naming her so quickly for us. - Liz
Hi Colin, I saw the lettering yesterday and it looks great! - Pat
Just wanted to say
thanks again for your patience, and I wanted to say how happy I was with
your service. FYI, I did give you a plug on Sportfishing
BC too. - Cole Brewer.
Received very good advice on how to prepare the mahogany boards for my
boat name. The final product was just what I was looking for and
certainly added to the appearance of the boat. I would recommend
Colin's work to anyone seeking that professional look for their project.
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