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Easy to apply Boat Names Kit - Mariner's Dream Testimonial

I have finally attached all the Boat Names Australia transfers to my yacht and they look fantastic. I have had many positive comments from friends and people I don't even know at Mooloolaba Marina. Even the local yacht broker at the marina said how good the name looked and I passed on Boat Names Australia contact details to him.
Overall I am really happy with how the new looks, the ease of application and service from Boat Names Australia. I must admit I was a little apprehensive about applying the transfers, scared I would make a mistake, but after starting with the rego numbers and how easy they went on I completed all the transfers with out incident. I feel the new name colour and style works really well with the yachts scheme and am glad I kept it simple.
Regards from a very satisfied customer
- Rowan

 

chris lloyd parker | Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

De Havilland Replica Decal for Boat Renovation

We recently received a request from Mario and Gina to create replica decals for their inherited de Havilland boat and help restore it to it's former glory.  Aided by pictures provided by Mario and some helpful written details about the old decals, we brought new life to the faded branding.

The replica decal is made up of white and coloured ink on chrome vinyl with a clear laminate, making it very durable. If you're renovating a boat and need to replace your old boat brand decals, contact us today for a quick free quote.

chris lloyd parker | Thursday, June 01, 2017 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

DIY Boat Name Kit for Clinker Hulls - L'atra Donna

It's incredibly easy to install our DIY Boat Names Kits yourself. Even if your boat has a trickier shape. Applying graphics to a clinker hull may seem intimidating at first, but with a few tips and tricks, anyone can do it.

A little while ago, our customer Annie send us this photo of L'atra Donna with a little testimonial:

 

 

"Hello Chris and Team

Dennis was thrilled with his present, and we put the transfers successfully onto the boat yesterday and went out on it today, so was able to take a picture which I have attached.
It looks like a new boat :-)
Thank you so much for your help in making this gift special.
Best Regards
Annie"

Thanks for the photo Annie. The boat look great!

Do you have a Clinker Hull Boat and always wondered how to get graphics on there correctly? Have a look at our detailed step-by-step instruction video:

chris lloyd parker | Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

DIY Boat Name Kit - Comfortably Numb

Have a look at this great example of how you incorporate our StickyFish graphics into your Boat Name to give it that extra little something. These graphics are gracing the hull of Ken's boat in the States and we think they look pretty darn good.

 

"Thanks Chris, I can get these done stateside but I like your work , customer service, and attitude."

Thank you for the kind words and photo Ken!

chris lloyd parker | Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Stinga Replacement Decals

Do you have any graphics on your boat that desperately need a replacement decal? We can help you out! Recently, we were contacted by Mike who was looking to replace the Stinga decals on his boat. Since most of the graphic still remained on the boat, we could easily recreate the graphic with help of a little imagination.

Thanx for the prompt service , stickers were perfect ! boat was back in action last weekend looking like new after 33 years service . Thank you again

-Mike

If you want to order some replacement decals and still have the old ones stuck on your boat, send us a good square on photo. Make sure it is close up without cutting any edges off. Add some dimensions and the colors you want it to be (if the colors are too faded to tell what they were) and we'll get back to you as soon as we can with a quick quote and a proof.

chris lloyd parker | Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Custom Boat Graphics - Bosun's Call

Did you know we can translate hand drawn illustration into clean printed stickers? Whether you have a original artwork piece or an undersized / outdated document, we can help you out transforming them into the custom boat graphics you envisioned.

Have a look at these custom graphics we created for Louise. Louise came to us with a pixilated scan of the graphic she wanted, which we translated into a usable illustration with some layout ideas and this is the result.

Hi Chris,

Just thought you might like to see the name on our boat, looks fantastic!

Louise

If you have any files, illustrations, scans you would like us to transform into high quality printed graphics you can be proud of, simply shoot us an email with the file (or photo of your drawing) and we'll get back to you with a quick quote.

chris lloyd parker | Wednesday, July 13, 2016 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Custom Sized Bone Fish Graphics

Did you know you can get any of our StickyFish Boat Graphics in a custom size?

If our standard sizes are simply not going to work for your boat, shoot us an email for some custom sized graphics like Lucie form Canada did.

Lucie loved our Bone Fish Graphics, but also had a certain sized graphic in mind for the side of her boat. So we made some small alterations, trimmed and stretched the Bone Fish a bit... and voila! A custom sized graphic that fits Lucie's boat perfectly.

If you're interested in a custom sized graphic from our shop, simply send us an email with the graphic and sizes you're after and we'll get back to you with a quick quote.

chris lloyd parker | Monday, July 11, 2016 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Easy to Apply Boat Name Kits - Bottom Line

Did you know you can easily incorporate our StickyFish into a boat name instead of sticking it next to it? Have a look at these photo's Craig sent us of his boat Bottom Line.

 

 

 By placing the StickyFish inside a letter of the boat name, the graphics look so much more personal and customized then when placed on the side. If you want to take your Boat Name to the next level, shoot us an email with what you had in mind and we'll get back to you with a quick free quote.

chris lloyd parker | Wednesday, July 06, 2016 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Fish Sticker to customize your wrap

Just because your boat has a wrap doesn’t mean you can’t improve it with a high definition fish boat sticker. These days more and more boats come with beautiful wraps already applied, which looks amazing, but is not exactly unique. Customize your boat by adding a Boat Name you designed yourself and a fish boat sticker of your favorite catch.

fish boat sticker 

Have a look at our huge assortment of Fish Boat Stickers to find the right graphic to customize your boat!

chris lloyd parker | Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Custom Rego Numbers

Just because your Rego Numbers need to be easy to read, doesn't mean that they have to be boring! By grabbing elements from either your boat's exterior or your Boat Name graphics, you can easily create Custom Rego Numbers that suite your boat perfectly. Have a look at the Custom Rego Numbers Peter chose for his boat:

custom rego numbers 

 With an easy to read bold font, chrome details from the boat repeated in the custom rego numbers and a contrasting font color make Peter's rego numbers a great example of how to spruce up this usually boring element of your boat graphics the right way.

So, what should you look for when designing your own custom rego numbers in our online design tool? Here are a few quick tips:

  • Font: since it is important that your rego number is easy to read from both close up and a reasonable distance, you're better off staying away from overly decorative and script style fonts. Instead, choose a block letter (or block style font, like on Peter's boat above) that can be read in a glimpse.
  • Size: The size of your rego's depends on which state's waters you call home. Each state has a legal minimum height that your rego numbers need to comply with. Check with your local department of transport to find out what size you need. Of course you can always go bigger if you wish.
  • Color: Using a contrasting color to your boat's hull is essential! No one is going to be able to read rego's that are just one shade darker, but also keep an eye out for contrasting colors in brighter shades. They don't always go well together, even if they are contrasting. For example, if you have a bright green boat, bright red will be hard to read even though they can be found on opposite sides of a color wheel. In our online design tool, you can select your boat color to make sure your chosen rego colors work well on the hull.
  • Repeating elements: The easiest way to make your rego numbers stand out for all the right reasons by complementing the rest of the boat is to take elements or accent colors and use them as an outline or shadow on your rego's (just like on Peter's boat above). You can easily do this yourself, using the online design tool. Another option is to use details of your graphics instead of an even color. For example, the scales of one of our StickyFish would make a great fill in a nice and wide block font (give us a call or shoot an email for more information on our Ocean Design Services and we could create something unique for your rego numbers). 

Good luck designing! Make sure to send us your beautiful end results or upload them straight onto our Facebook page, we always love to see Boat Names graphics in action. Got any questions still? Don't hesitate to contact us.

chris lloyd parker | Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Easy to Apply Boat Name Kits - Bonfire Testimonial

Always good to hear back from happy customers who did an awesome job applying their own Easy to Apply Boat Name Kit.

 Easy to Apply Boat Name Kits

Hello Chris,

As with most projects that I do I get better the second time, Instructions were great, it was my jitterish fingers that caused me problems with the first decal, it still came up a treat, I had it down pat for the second one. I absolutely love your product, have told and shown many at my work the end result.

cheers Bryne 

Have you applied your own Boat Name Graphics and would like to show off your handiwork? Send us a photo and we'll feature your boat with her brand new graphics on our blog, or upload it yourself straight onto our Facebook page!

Good luck designing and applying your own Boat Name Kit and remember that if you need any help to have a look at our detailed Video Instructions and Tutorials.

chris lloyd parker | Monday, May 18, 2015 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Easy to Apply Boat Name Kits - Mr Negativity Testimonial

Another happy Boat Names customer!

 Easy to apply Boat Name Kits 

Dear Chris,

The rain finally stopped and we finally summoned up the nerve to put on the name and graphics. The results are fantastic!! We are very happy with the final results and it was quite easy thanks to your very helpful videos. The side graphics look great too, though I don't have a very good photo as yet. Just what we wanted - not too little and not too much. Breaks up the plain cabin just enough.

Thank you for all your help and your exceptional service. Everything arrived first thing Wednesday morning as promised. Thank you again. Will definitely recommend you to everyone who admires your handiwork!!

Cheers, Eva. 

Watch our Instruction Video's to see for yourself how easy to apply our Boat Name Kits are and to use as a guide when the time comes to put your own Boat Name and Graphics on your boat.
chris lloyd parker | Sunday, April 19, 2015 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Boat Graphics Mockup – Zenith

Have you been looking at one of our Boat Graphics, but have trouble deciding because you're not sure how it would look on your boat? Or you need a custom size? We can help you with that!

We totally understand it can be hard making a decision and that you want to see what our graphics look like before you buy. That's why we offer a mockup service. That way you know exactly what you'll get and you can show it to and discuss it with some friends and family before making a purchase. Especially if you need a custom size, this can be very helpful to see how much we need to change the graphic for it to fit on your boat. Like we did with our Zenith Graphic for Alan and his Labsport:

With a good and square photo of Alan's boat we were able to easily create this mockup for him and include some custom designed rego's while we were at it. Now compare it to this photo that Alan send us on Facebook of the end result:

 

Convinced? We'd be happy to create one for you as well. Simply send us a photo of the side of your boat. Make sure that it's a photo STRAIGHT of the side (just like Alan did) and not in an angle, because this won't give an accurate idea of what you're graphics will look like on the actual boat. Include the overall length of the vessel and height of the bottom of the gunwale rubber to the bottom of the side of the hull in the center of your boat.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

chris lloyd parker | Monday, March 30, 2015 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Custom marine graphic design applied in water

At Boat Names we want to make things as easy for our customers as we possibly can. Our team of Boat Graphic specialists has spent hours coming up with the ultimate way of producing marine graphics that anyone can apply themselves.

The result is our easy to apply DIY kits which have all the colors perfectly laid up together so that everything goes on in one step. No difficult measurements need to be made and no hours trying to perfectly align different layers in your graphic! No matter how many colors your choose to incorporate into your design, we lay them up for you so you can simply stick it on yourself.

In fact, our boat name kits and marine graphics are so easy to apply that you can even apply them while your boat is in the water, like one of our customers, Mark, is demonstrating here.

When Mark contacted us about a custom marine graphic design for his boat Griffo, we worked relentlessly on designing the perfect graphic to go on the side of his boat. Once Mark was 100% happy with the design, we cut, laid up and send off the Griffo's new graphic to Mark who applied it himself while his boat was in the water.

 

Keen to try sticking your graphics on while your boat is in the water? Here's a few helpful tips:

- Make sure it's a calm day! It almost goes without saying, but sticking on a graphic whilst waves are rocking you boat is not a very good idea.

- Before you get started, make sure you properly clean ALL the salt off the hull.

- Make sure you don't get the backing paper wet.

- Unless you have the balance of a gymnast, avoid sticking a graphic on from your tender. We're not saying it's impossible, but we wouldn't recommend it.

- And last but not least, watch out for other boaties! The last thing you want is someone sending a big wake your way while you're in the middle of sticking on your graphic.

To have a more detailed look at how easy it is to apply our DIY Kits, watch our instruction video's for a step by step guide on how to apply all types of graphics. If you have any questions or would like a quote for a custom graphic, please don't hesitate to contact us!

chris lloyd parker | Monday, February 16, 2015 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Out Wide - Custom Boat Graphics

Are you looking into going the extra mile with your Boat Graphics? Look no further. At Boat Names we have a team of Graphic Designers that specialize in creating amazing looking Custom Boat Graphics. Whatever style your after, whatever effects you want, we can make it happen!

 Recently we've created this Custom Boat Graphic for Out Wide.

 

 Out Wide's owner Mick had his eye on our StickyFish Sailfish Graphic, but wanted chrome effects in both his graphics and Boat Name. So we got busy making Mick's dream Boat Name a reality.

 Whether you want to incorporate and customize different graphics from our catalogs, have your own artwork and would like us to match an awesome looking Custom Boat Name to it or you would like us to get really creative and create something completely unique we can make it happen!

If you have any questions or would like a quote for your Custom Boat Graphics, please don't hesitate to contact us!

chris lloyd parker | Friday, December 12, 2014 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

NEW! Lots of StickyFish Boat Graphics

Our ever growing collection of StickyFish Boat Graphics just got a whole lot bigger! We've expended our Fish Graphics with Bass, Mahi Mahi, Tarpon, Giant Trevally, Trout, Wahoo AND Walleye stickers.

Order your Bass Graphics here

Order your Mahi Mahi Graphics here

Order your Tarpon Graphics here


Order your Giant Trevally Graphics here


Order your Trout Graphics here


Order your Wahoo Graphics here


Order your Walleye Graphics here

All are available for sale in our StickyFish Catalogue. Order your own mirrored pair in a small size, measuring 220mm by 250mm or go for a large one measuring 430mm by 480mm starting at only AU$33!

Buy them on their own, add a pair to your Boat Name Kit or contact our designers about the possibility to use them in a custom Boat Wrap.

chris lloyd parker | Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

BRAND NEW StickyFish Boat Graphics

Heads up boat owners: we have two new additions to the Boat Names StickyFish collection! Our ever growing collection of Fish Graphics is now expanded with a Snapper Fish Graphic and a Spanish Mackerel Fish Graphic.

 

Order this Snapper Fish Graphic here.

Or if the the Spanish Mackerel Graphic takes your fancy, order it here.

Both are available for sale in our StickyFish Catalogue. Order your own mirrored pair in a small size, measuring 220mm by 250mm or go for a large one measuring 430mm by 480mm starting at only AU$33!

Buy them on their own, add a pair to your Boat Name Kit or contact our designers about the possibility to use them in a custom Boat Wrap.

chris lloyd parker | Monday, July 07, 2014 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Easy to apply Boat Name Kits - Crazy Horse Testimonial

At Boat Names Australia we understand that we can say all the good things we want about our "Easy to apply Boat Name Kits", but it probably still looks really intimidating to put Boat Graphics on your own boat. So a little bit of reinsurance from a fellow boat owner probably won't hurt.

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the speedy delivery of the boat names.
We installed them over the weekend and I was amazed how easy it was. The
instructions made me very cautious, so I was a bit apprehensive about
messing it up, but it worked out perfectly. The second side of the boat only
took about 10 minutes all up as I knew how easy it was.

The quality and finish of the names is sensational and they look fabulous on the boat.

Cheers,

Cy

 

Easy to apply Boat Name Kits

Thank you for the photo Cy! We always love seeing end results of our Boat Name Kits. Crazy Horse looks really good!

Design and order your own Easy to apply Boat Name Kit here or contact us anytime for quotes and questions.

chris lloyd parker | Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Onsite Install Boat Stripes Kettering Tasmania – Covering up sun damage

Boat Names Australia recently executed an onsite install of Boat Stripes in Kettering Tasmania on a Cruise Craft Executive 800.

Onsite Install Boat Stripes Kettering Tasmania 

 This 30 year old bay cruiser had the reminiscence of old boat stripes from the past 10 years, which let to uneven sun damage.

The sun slowly eats away the gelcoat of the boat, while Boat Stripes or other vinyl boat graphics will protect the gelcoat from this damage which ultimately results in colour difference once the old striping is removed. The best way to get rid of this is obviously to repaint, but if the paint still looks to be in reasonable condition and you would rather postpone this costly task until later, there is a way to cheat yourself out of it.

Applying new boat stripes can be used as a good method to mask old sun damage. Now you don't even need to stick to replicating the old boat striping, it would be extremely hard to cover up every bit of sun damage exactly even when sticking to a replica. Instead you can use a design that sits in the same general location. By having the contrast between the colour the boat stripes and the white (or any hull colour of choice) it will be very hard to see the bit of staining caused by sun damage around the new graphics, creating the illusion of an evenly coloured hull. As an added bonus, when leaving the boat outside in the sun the paint should start evening out within 3 month.

For this Cruise Craft Executive 800 Boat Names Australia created boat graphics mimicking the original default factory graphics, sending it back to its former glory (read more on restoring vintage graphics here), whilst using the method described above to cover up staining caused by sun damage.

If you have a boat in the Hobart – Kettering area, we'd be happy to drop by and give you on the spot advise on custom boat graphics, boat striping or covering up sun damage and have a professional install your graphics onsite. Or if you live on the mainland, give us a call for some advise over the phone.

For quotes or question on an onsite install of boat graphics, don't hesitate to contact Boat Names Australia!

chris lloyd parker | Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink

Customised Ski Boat Graphics – Subtle but Unique

So we previously talked about a full custom ski boat wrap to give your ski boat attitude and make it look cool, but what if you're after something a bit more subtle or more wallet friendly? Even though we highly recommend custom boat wraps, as they are the best way to make you ski boat look one of a kind, there are plenty of other option to make your boat stand out on a budget.

Custom Ski Boat Graphics

For example: Viper has taken a boat graphic from our collection and put a smaller version on the outboard to match. Not only does the boat graphic complement the shape, style and colour of Viper seamlessly, by putting the same Boat Graphic on the outboard they look uniform, consistent and very unique in a subtle way.

Have look at our collection of Boat Graphics to find a graphic that will match perfectly with your ski boat and outboard. Or have a read through our previous post on Boat Graphics for more option and to see how you can customise your graphics even further.

For any questions or quotes, please don't hesitate to contact Boat Names Australia!

chris lloyd parker | Monday, February 17, 2014 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) | Permalink
 
 
 



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