Are boat lettering and boat decals the same thing?
While they are both similar, they do differ in purpose and use. Boat lettering is specifically used for numbering and lettering on boats. This includes, names, registration numbers, and hailing port designation. Boat lettering is individually cut from a solid piece of vinyl material with no print on the material. Boat lettering cannot be used for printing images, intricate designs, text effects, or gradients because it is cut from one solid colored sheet of vinyl. Boat decals have your graphic printed on a high adhesive vinyl and are not made from individually cut pieces. Boat decals are not pre-masked due to the decal being a single piece of material. Having a single piece of material means that all spacing in your design will be printed onto the material and not cut into individual portions like boat lettering. Decals are designed for displaying logos and images. Images, colors, gradients, and letter effects are all printed onto the high adhesive vinyl material.
Are boat decals, boat graphics, and boat stickers the same product?
Decals, graphics, and stickers are used interchangeably to describe our boat decal product. The purpose of decals, graphics, and stickers is the same.
What are height requirements for boat lettering?
In most cases, boat lettering must be at least 3 inches in height and be block style letters for boat registration numbers. For hailing port identification, letters must be at least 4 inches in height but do not need to be block letters. We recommend checking or verifying local regulations for any specific height requirements.
Where is the best place on a boat to display a registration number?
In most cases, registration numbers are required to be displayed on the forward half of the boat (known as the bow of the boat) and as high above the waterline as possible. Registration numbers must be displayed on both sides of the boat (so make sure you change your quantity to two in order to receive a number for each side of your boat).
Can boat lettering and decals be submerged for long periods of time?
Boat lettering and decals are not intended to be submerged in the water for extended periods. Submerging lettering and decals for extended periods will deteriorate the adhesion and quality of the graphics. Only place lettering and decals above the waterline to ensure they work properly and can be seen as per local or state regulations.
With boat lettering, will all of my individual letters/design elements be placed on the same sheet of transfer tape?
In most cases, the individual letters contained within your boat lettering will be appropriately spaced and placed on a single sheet of transfer tape, making installation quick and simple. However, if your boat lettering exceeds 48" (for colors black and white) or 24" (for all other colors) in both width and height, your lettering will be split and placed onto two sheets of transfer tape. You will also receive your boat lettering in multiple sheets if you are using three or more different colors. In this case, each separate color will be grouped together on its own sheet.
What is a hailing port? Do I need to identify it on my boat?
A hailing port is the port where the boat originates from. Boats are required by law to have the hailing port visible on the stern of all documented vessels in the United States. The hailing port includes a place, a state, or territory. States can be abbreviated on the boat.
Are there any laws regarding boat lettering and decals?
Laws on boat lettering and decals can typically be found through state and local ordinances. Common laws include lettering height (at least three-inch-high block letters for registration numbers and four-inch-high for hailing port designation), spacing letters from numbers using a hyphen or space, and color of letters contrasting the color of the vessel. We recommend checking with state and local boating laws for specific regulations.
Where would I find information on registering my boat?
Information on the boat registration process can typically be found on your state’s DMV or Parks and Wildlife website.
Do I need to register my boat?
Regulations for boat registration can vary by state. In most cases, boats that are motorized, used as commercial vessels, or sailboats that are 14 feet long or longer must be registered.
Do you provide registration or license stickers for boats?
We do not provide registration stickers. These are only available through state agencies (in most cases the DMV or Department of Parks and Wildlife are the issuing authorities). Place registration stickers adjacent to registration numbers on the forward half of the boat. These same issuing agencies typically provide you with specific requirements for placement of these stickers.
What material is your boat lettering and boat decal made from?
Boat lettering is cut from a thin, adhesive vinyl allowing for a sleek and seamless appearance on the boat. Boat decals are made from a high adhesive vinyl, which is the ideal material for watercraft decals.
Do you offer boat wraps?
We do not offer full or partial boat wrapping services.
Do you offer boat stripes or striping?
You can use our boat decals as a long thin strip for striping purposes. Please note that the maximum length of such a stripe is 33’. Further, we do not provide any professional installation for these extra long stripe decals.
What is the lifespan of your boat lettering and boat stickers?
With proper care, boat lettering and boat stickers can last 5+ years.
Will exposure to sun or the elements affect the boat lettering and decals?
Our boat lettering and boat decals are designed to withstand both direct sunlight and harsh elements.
Do you offer boat lettering and decals with a protective laminate?
Our boat decals contain a protective laminate but the lettering does not. Boat decals are digitally printed resulting in a permanent, durable image. The protective laminate adds more protection and durability to the decals. Boat lettering is made from a high quality vinyl that is resistant to fading and scratching. Assuming proper installation and regular care, no laminate is necessary to ensure your boat lettering will last for the long term!
How small or big can my boat lettering and decals be?
Boat lettering can be as small as 1 inch in height and as large as 23.5 inches in height. It’s important to note that registration numbers must be 3 inches in height to meet boating regulations. Boat decals range from 4 inches by 4 inches to 4 feet by 33 feet.
Can the boat decals and lettering be cut to shape? Individual letters?
Boat decals can be custom cut to shape (commonly known as contour cut) or custom cut with a border (commonly referred to as halo cut). Decals are not designed to be cut into individual letters. Please use boat lettering for this purpose. Decals with lettering or words will not be pre-masked or individually cut. Boat lettering is only designed to be cut into individual letters and simple, one color graphics. These letters or numbers come pre-spaced and pre-masked with transfer tape for easy installation.
If I print my decal in more than one color am I charged more?
You will not be charged for additional colors used in your boat decal. Multiple colors for boat lettering will affect your price due to the production process and the inherent difference between the two products.
How thick are boat lettering and decals?
Boat decals are .015” thick, which is equivalent to 4 sheets of copy paper. Boat lettering is .002" (2-mil or 50 microns) thick, which is the equivalent to half the thickness of a sheet of copy paper. In other words, whether you get lettering or a graphic you don’t need to worry about the aesthetics of these products. They will be thick and durable enough to last a long time but not detract from your gorgeous boat!
Do I have to use one of your templates for my lettering or decals?
It is not necessary to use templates to create lettering or decals. Our templates are available for convenience in creating whatever custom lettering or decals you may need or want for your boat. We also offer the option to upload your own design, create one from scratch within our design tool or get free design help.
Are boat stickers and lettering visible in the dark? Do you offer reflective decals or lettering?
Our stickers and lettering are not designed to be reflective or visible in the dark. Currently, we do not offer reflective boat decals or lettering.