Topic : Name Painting

Is it right for a boat to have the name painted on? I have just bought one second-hand that doesn't. Is there a correct etiquette or does it not matter?

Posted: 15/06/2007 23:22:13
By: James
It is part of the family fun of Merlins to have the boat name clear on the boat in some way.  I suggest the etiquette is relatively open. No blatent crudity and presentation style/humour respected.

Anyone vote for the best presenation they have ever seen in the fleet? COtLB may be one of them? Or how about that lilac one with the white bow piece?

Posted: 16/06/2007 06:24:57
If you like the name, show it...if you dont, change it!

Posted: 16/06/2007 09:53:13
By: Mags
On the cusp of the 50's-60's 684 Crewcut had a rather fetching pair of Scissors on her bow together with a barbers pole mast (at least when owned by Tony Fox and Sailed by John Oakley.), 999 Rozzer(Clive Curtis.) had a rather good Policeman with truncheon drawn on her bow and 1011 rrhubarb (Derek King.) a couple of rather floppy crossed sticks of rhubard. There have probably been lots of other examples but these are the only ones of which I am aware.

Posted: 16/06/2007 10:16:32
By: Ancient-Geek
Charge was a lovely boat, no doubt she now is once again as a part of the Davies empire.

Heaven Sent and Seventh Heaven were also rather well signed, i think it took Phil Scott longer to do the signwriting for Seventh Heaven than it did to paint the boat..........

Posted: 16/06/2007 10:30:53
By: Chris M
The boats registered name is 'Mahogony', which I assume is what it is built out of. It's not a name that I would have chosen but I don't dislike it. It would seem a shame to change it.

Posted: 16/06/2007 10:50:44
By: James
Isn't Mahogony an Opera? "Rise and fa of City of Mahogony", the wood is Mahogany I think.

Posted: 17/06/2007 10:36:17
By: ???
It's Mahagony by Kurt Weill. Even noisier and longer than anything by Wagner.

Posted: 17/06/2007 10:54:20
By: Opera Buff
If the name doesnt inspire anything artistic, you can still choose a nice font and get it stuck on the transom. It adds character - Merlins are never souless like some modern classes can be.

Perhaps the name is meant to be something people mutter after a long beat, hiking all the way...."mmmrr....argh...AGONY!"

Posted: 17/06/2007 19:23:34
By: Mags
The idea of painting a logo on the bows seemed really good - till I thought about it!
It makes it very easy to identify the boat as an early starter!

Maybe that would be a good idea(?)


Posted: 18/06/2007 08:51:16
By: Colin
has anyone used vinyl signwriting, I know it is pretty permanent on vans and cars etc?

Posted: 18/06/2007 11:02:59
By: john
Heaven Sent did indeed have a very beautiful piece of signwriting in Gothic script.  I have replaced it following the repaint with vinyl lettering which isn't quite as classy but a great deal cheaper, still looks pretty good I think.  Has shown no inclination to fall off after about 3 years.

Posted: 18/06/2007 11:58:29
By: Andrew M
My old boat 3478 'Terrabyte' had beautiful hand painted gothic name either side of the hull. As the boat was Turner built it may pay to drop Jon Turner a line and find out who did the artwork on this an most of his boats.


Posted: 18/06/2007 16:50:42
By: Richard Battey
Yes we have used vinyl signwriting on all our recent boats.
If you go to one of the specialist firms, you can choose from hundreds of fonts or even design your own logo.
Just think about the plank lands when you choose the size - if it is going to stradle more than one plank it is harder to apply, but not impossible

Posted: 18/06/2007 17:11:27
By: Pat Blake
If it's a wooden boat, the best idea is to ask at a narrowboat yard/builders as they do quite a lot of signwriting.

If you sail a plastic tub, you can stick as much vinyl lettering over it as you want, but it won't look any better!!

Posted: 18/06/2007 18:34:41
By: Tim Male
Our T shirt printing friend also does boat names and has done a few for fellow club members which still look good after some time. See link and give him a call.

Posted: 18/06/2007 21:34:36
By: Pat2121
Rather than paint directly on to the transom I painted a Gannet on a piec of thin ply and tacked it on with a couple of brass pins.  It saves having to do it again if I have to do a revarnish or if the next owner doesn't like it they can take it off easily.  HOWEVER brass pins through a plastic boat ......... maybe not!!!

Posted: 19/06/2007 09:07:18
By: Garry R
Check out, I used tried and tested times roman for the Merlin, something more exotic, with a couple of graphics for the children's Mirror.

Order online, arrives in two days, very easy to apply.

Posted: 19/06/2007 14:53:26
By: JohnB (3404)


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