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Easy to Apply Boat Name Kits - Blue Bayou Testimonial

Some more great looking end results of a self-applied DIY Boat Name Kit: Blue Bayou.

Thank you for your professional and patient dealings with myself in getting the details right for my boat.

As you can see it turned out great ! (The Pin stripe was a little tricky ).Have already spread the word through fellow boaters about your product and service.







  Thanks for the photo's Steve! Blue Bayou looks great!
chris lloyd parker | Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Taroona St Ayles Skiff “Chilton”

To support the community that surrounds the Boat Names head office, we recently sponsored a Taroona community project that was right up our alley. With the help of dozens of volunteers, Taroona (a suburb of Hobart, Tasmania) took part as the 108th community to built a St Ayles Skiff.


The original St Ayles Skiff was designed in 2009 for the Scottish Fisheries Museum by Ian Oughtred to allow people to discover and enjoy coastal rowing as a recreation and compete against other skiff rowing communities in this social and friendly sport. Since then skiff rowing, which was already embraced by Scottish communities a long time ago, has increased popularity with coastal communities around the world and has now reached the waters of Hobart, thanks to the St Ayles Skiff Project.

The Taroona Coastal Rowing Pilot Project received a generous seed fund back in 2013 form the Kingborough Council Community, along with support from Taroona High School by lending them a workspace and numerous smaller funds from members of the community to make this dream project a reality.


Before launching the skiff at the beginning of November this year, naturally our community skiff needed a name. That's where we came in! Donating our time, materials and resources, Boat Names Australia made sure that “Chilton” wouldn't enter the water unnamed. With the use of our staple 3M marine grade vinyl, Chilton can be seen rowing around in Tasmanian waters gracing her brand new Boat Name Graphics.



Interested in building a St Ayles Skiff with your own community? Head over to the Taroona Skiff Project'swebsite to read their story and find out more.

chris lloyd parker | Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Onsite Install Kettering Tasmania – Boat Brokers of Tasmania

Derek Cragg recently contacted Boat Names Australia about an onsite install to put the company logo on the side of Boat Brokers of Tasmania's tender. Trying to keep the cost of application down, we managed to avoid slipping the tender, by applying the graphics while the boat was still in the water. Now the tender is easily recognizable for potential new customers while advertising the business when the tender gets taken out to a mooring.

Onsite Install Kettering Tasmania 

“Thanks for your professional service.

We look forward to giving you more work in the future.”

- Derek Cragg, Boat Brokers of Tasmania

For any quotes or questions about onsite installs Tasmania, don't hesitate to contact Boat Names Australia!

chris lloyd parker | Monday, February 24, 2014 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Vintage Evinrude Outboard Decals

Do you have an old vintage outboard that still runs like a charm, but the outboard decals are looking a bit rough? The state of your decals can change the entire look of your boat. Replacing them can be a relatively cheap a quick thing to do to make your outboard look like new again, or at least quite a bit younger, but decals for older models can be hard to find. Boat Names Australia can solve that problem for you.

Recently we were contacted by Peter who was looking for some Evinrude outboard decals for his 1985 model. By providing us with some pictures and the exact measurements of the graphics we were able to recreate the original decals as you can see in the before and after pictures below.

 Vintage Evinrude Outboard Decals

Our decals are produced on a 5 year stable vinyl with a UV an scratch resistant coating. We can reproduce any original decal or create custom graphics for your outboard.

So if you have a vintage outboard and would like to replace your outboard decals to make your engine look like it is in mint condition again, don't hesitate to contact Boat Names Australia for a quote.

chris lloyd parker | Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Jessica Watson - the movie

Source - Gary Maddox - Sydney Morning Herald August 20 2012

Boatnames Australia is naturally proud to have been a sponsor of Jessica's epic adventure

 Now - (from the SMH website), it has been announced that the solo round-the-world voyage of teenage sailor Jessica Watson is to become a movie.

The director of the Hollywood movies Soul Surfer and Bratz: The Movie, Sean McNamara, will shoot what's described as an ''inspiring drama'' called True Spirit in Australia next year.

It will be based on Watson's book of the same name about sailing around the world non-stop and unassisted as a 16-year-old. She was at sea for 210 days before arriving in Sydney Harbour in May 2010.

Teen sailor Jessica Watson arrives back home in Sydney.

Teen sailor Jessica Watson arriving back home in Sydney. Photo: Brendon Thorne

Watson, now 19, said she was excited about  the movie and looking forward to being involved as a consultant.

Producer David Brookwell said who would play Watson was yet to be decided but it would ''most likely'' be an Australian actress.

''There are some names that have knocked around but we haven't settled on anybody right now,'' he said.

The movie was announced by Paramount Pictures Australia at the Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast.

The American production company Brookwell McNamara Entertainment is teaming up with Watson's manager, Andrew Fraser, and his partners in Sunstar Entertainment for True Spirit. Sunstar has previously made two documentaries on Watson - on her circumnavigation then her skippering of the youngest ever crew in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race last year.

One challenge for the writers, including Brookwell, McNamara and Australia's Matt Nable, will be making a dramatic story from a young girl on a boat alone for seven months.

'There's plenty of drama that happened along the way – not so much what was happening on the boat but what was happening with the team as a whole,'' said Brookwell. ''The book and the documentary and all the news reports followed the story quite closely but I think there was a lot of emotion and a lot of feelings that I don't think the general public knew about ...   This gives us an opportunity to take the audience on the journey with her around the world.''

Brookwell said the filmmakers were aiming for an accurate re-telling of the story.

''There's no need to manufacture any of the story. It's so incredible.''

McNamara also drew on real life for Soul Surfer, a 2011 drama about professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, who returned to competition after losing an arm in a shark attack.

The vice president of Paramount Pictures in Australia and New Zealand, Mike Selwyn, described True Spirit as ''a wonderful story of courage, perseverance and triumph that will appeal to all audiences".

| Monday, August 20, 2012 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Sydney Spit bridge update

Spit Bridge additional openings for testing

Penny Robins, NSW Roads and Maritime

Posted: 9  Aug. 2012

Motorists and skippers are advised of changed traffic conditions on the Spit Bridge, Middle Harbour from 12 August for testing of the newly upgraded bridge span lift system.

Additional openings are scheduled for Sundays 12 and 19 August and Sunday 2 September between 11.30pm and 5am.

This means motorists, pedestrians and cyclists wishing to cross Spit Bridge could be delayed for up to 15 minutes during the testing on these dates.

If emergency vehicle access is required, testing will be postponed.

Electronic message signs will be in place at either end of the bridge to provide advanced warning of planned testing times.

Motorists are advised to plan their journey, allow extra travel time and obey all signs.

For traffic information contact the Transport Management Centre on 132 701, or visit

| Thursday, August 16, 2012 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Surfing Killer Whales


Pictures of orcas, or killer whales, surfing the wake of a boat off the coast of Mexico show the marine mammals playing in jet bubbles and chasing down a charter yacht.

Cast 'n Reel owner Ashley Ross of Loreto, Mexico, said it was "magical" to be able to snap the shots they did.

"As far as we know this is the first time orcas have surfed the wake of a boat here in Loreto.

Click here for the full report with photos.

| Monday, August 13, 2012 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Were they talking about boating?

A good thing never ends.
Mick Jagger

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
Mick Jagger

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Dalai Lama

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Dalai Lama

The worst thing is to get involved with people who aren't passionate about what they're doing.
Willem Dafoe

I've always found it very sanitary to be broke.
Orson Welles

If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Bruce Lee

| Wednesday, August 01, 2012 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Mistaken identity

A powerboat skipper in his late 50's is out for a blast on the first fine day in spring. He's screaming up the harbour and is still clocking 45 knots well into the “no-wash” zone.

A Maritime Services officer risks life and limb by blocking the channel and stopping the speedboat.

The officer looks at his watch and says: "My shift has ended, today is Friday and I'm taking off for the weekend. If you can give me a reason why you were speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."

The man looks very seriously at the officer and replies "Years ago, my wife ran off with a Maritime inspector and I thought you were stopping me to give her back."

| Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Definition of a porthole

Porthole: A glass-covered opening that when closed (while at sea) admits light and water, and when open (while at anchor) admits, light, air, and insects

| Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Launching your boat

A couple of people, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22 footer going no matter how much power they applied. After about an hour of trying, they called for help from a nearby marina.

A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the hydraulic lift went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. Eventually, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer

| Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Radar reflectors

There is not much point in having the world's most beautiful boat, with wonderful graphics on a perfect hull finish if it gets run down by a freighter that did not see it on radar!
We don't like SPAM, but in this case, we have no hesitation in featuring the product of our sponsor TRI-LENS:
  • The TriLens is the most effective passive radar reflector for small boats in the world.
  • Enhances ability to be seen by another ship's radar in low visibility, high traffic or emergency situations.
  • No loss of performance when the boat is heeled.
  • Use of Luneberg lenses offers more angular coverage and higher radar cross-section than reflectors made of triangular or circular plates.
  • Easily and quickly fitted, hung from a halyard or stowed ready for emergency use.

For more details, visit

| Monday, July 16, 2012 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

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