How to Design Your Own Boat Name & Graphics

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How to Design Your Own Boat Name & Graphics
All boats need names (boat image by pearlguy from

There are many companies that offer custom boat decals. Companies that offer decal design online make customising your boat easier then ever.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Water soluble pencil
  • Boat

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    Designing a Custom Boat Decal

  1. 1

    Choose a name for your boat before beginning the decal design process. By doing this first, it will make the themes and colours of the decal easier to pick. Be careful, though, some superstitions are connected to boat naming, such as it is improper to rename a boat, unlucky to have a name ending in A and unlucky to name a boat after an engaged woman, as the boat might get jealous.

  2. 2

    Find a lettering designer website that you like and use its lettering tool to pick the font and colours you want for the name. Try to match the colours to the boat. Consider the name as well; it wouldn't make much sense to use red lettering and name boat "The Blue Storm." You can also select different types of shading, such as reflective or fluorescent.

  3. 3

    Choose your graphics. Typically, you can choose from a list of images on a website and customise colour and texture, or you can e-mail a custom design and the company will give you and estimate of how much it would cost.

  4. 4

    When you are finished with the design and receive them, clean the surface of the boat thoroughly before attaching the decals. Household cleaners are acceptable, but a mixture of 2 parts water, 1 part isopropyl alcohol is recommended. Then wipe the surface dry.

  5. 5

    Measure and mark with a pencil the part of the boat to which you are going to attach the lettering and graphics. Tape the decal into place while doing this, so you can get an image of how the final product will look. Now peel the paper off the decal halfway and cut it off, like you are putting on an adhesive medical strip. Finally, wet the surface of the boat with water or application fluid, and then stick the half of the decal onto the boat. Smooth out the decal with your hand, then repeat the process with the other half of the decal. There may be some small bubbles left, but these will leave within a few weeks.

Tips and warnings

  • There are many decal companies that offer these services, so be sure to shop around to get the best price.

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