Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wrap Your Boat — Express Your Style

Many boat owners experience a special freedom and relief from everyday concerns when they are on the water. Whether entertaining family and friends, or just kicking back on your own, you get to relax and express yourself in your own way, and your boat name and custom boat graphics are an important extension of your self-expression.

Your boat is your special domain and worthy of a name. According to maritime historian James Clary, the ancient Egyptians were first to name their boats. In his book, "Superstitions of the Sea," Clary traces the first naming of a boat to 2680 B.C. when an Egyptian ship was named "Praise of the Two Lands" to signify unity between the northern and southern regions of the Nile. The most popular boat name in modern times is Serenity besting the next most popular name Irish Eyes and the third most popular name Island Time. Other popular boat names include Sea Spirit, Obsession, Time Out, Reel Time, Escapade, Southern Comfort and Serendipity.

Applying registration numbers, hail port lettering, and graphics to your boat used to be a big deal requiring hand painting. Today, digitally printed high quality films and vinyls offer a world of creative possibilities. The very best alternative to painted graphics on boats is digital printing and vinyl lettering, which is produced with premium cast vinyl materials.

All states require boats to be registered, and your state registration numbers must be prominently displayed. You will avoid state fines by meeting your state's guidelines for boat registration numbers. That said, Federal registration requirements often supercede state boat registration requirements, and the Federal requirements stipulate 3 inch high or larger block lettering. We suggest using the 3 inch height, but you are not limited to a particular lettering style. Sierra Custom Signs supplies registration numbers in matching pairs, and we can design a stylish lettering and color combination to match your hail port lettering and boat graphics.

Sierra Custom Signs, Inc. is a family owned and operated commercial sign company. We are on Louie Lane (address 5301 Longley Lane) in Reno, NV. We have broad and diverse backgrounds in promotion, marketing, sign design, production, and installation. We offer custom design services for logos and branding and provide high resolution, wide format printing and reproduction for vehicle wraps, boat lettering and graphics, trade show exhibits, and numerous other signage applications. Regardless of the size of your project, no job is too big nor too small. Call us at 775 823-9699 if you have a question or need assistance, or send email to describe your project and request assistance.

If you want to review your state's official up-to-date boating regulations, visit your state's website. The Nevada and California sites are:

Nevada Department of Wildlife
California Department of Motor Vehicles