Boat Lettering

SignWave specializes in Boat Lettering!

(see samples at bottom of page)



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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).

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Design:


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 100,000 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 notification.

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.

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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.


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We also make Name Boards (also known as "Quarterboards").


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For non-local orders:

We are located in Sidney BC, and can ship your lettering to any location.

All jobs are saved on file for any future needs should they arise.


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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.


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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.


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.


The boat looks fantastic ... worth every penny! - Kelly Graves.


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 Burrows.


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 Flury.


Hi Colin, I saw the lettering yesterday and it looks great! - Pat Chartres.

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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