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J White
10-31-2006, 12:53 PM
got my numbers and reg in for the boat other day, and I'm wanting
to get them put on - only thing is, I'm wanting to do something a
little spiffier than the plain stick-on block letters I had on my old SeaArk...

can you order some more stylish letters/numbers, or has anyone ever
had any painted on, like by someone who letters race cars???

I will have to admit though, I'm gonna be sad to see the Wisconsin numbers
go - I enjoy all the funny looks they get from the locals :D
thanks, Jeff

10-31-2006, 01:00 PM
you can go to you local kinkos and pick the style and color and size you want and they will cut the letters and numbers. just like you see in many store front

10-31-2006, 01:09 PM
It is illegal in NC to put numbers on your boat that are any colors other than White or Black... Depending on the color of the boat will determine the color to be used... If I am not mistaken the letters also have to be reflective. The size of the numbers is supposed to be no less than three inches and there are specifications for the distance apart also.

That being said, I am doing this from memory so the above may not be completely correct... this should give you an idea of what you might expect...

Two friends of mine bought brand new bass boats and ever since high school it has been a rivalry between them to catch the biggest, kill the biggest, buy the baddest... So they both decide to do something a little different with the numbers... One had a blue boat the other a red boat and they matched the numbers to their purtty boats... they also had the letters made a little bit italisized as well as had a wavy flame appearance. Though they looked good, they got so many ticket they both took them off.

Now I know this was a drastic change, but no the less they are the only ones I know that changed theirs and if it wasn't for them I may have done the same thing not knowing, of course. Happy Fish'n

10-31-2006, 01:10 PM
You can have something hand painted on or there are places (at least down here) that will make you number any color and style. you want.

I also found this on the Internet and you can order what you want.

10-31-2006, 01:56 PM
Jeff, check with a local sign shop most can make numbers to your choice of colors. The local shop here does them and already come pre spaced to go right on the boat. Mine where 2 colored and where 36 bucks for the pair. Missouri has no law on color but is has to be able to read at a distance and 3" tall. Nothing kills a nice new boat, then the silver square boat numbers.

10-31-2006, 02:45 PM
There's a company that makes adhesive vinyl numbers that are "raised" they are available in a variety of colors, lettering styles and metallic or non metallic look. No need to figure spacing between numbers as they are custom made and come in one long strip for each side. I have the url at home will send.

10-31-2006, 02:48 PM
When I bought my boat a few years back, I was so proud that I put fancy numbers on it. They sure looked pretty when new. But, now they are coming apart (two part stickers) and I am left with a gooey mess to try to replace.

I am thinking about going to one of those "fast sign" places to have something made along with my .com handel so folks will know me when they see me.

10-31-2006, 03:40 PM
Here a guy that make them on another site I visit.


10-31-2006, 04:08 PM
I had a local sign shop (Affordable Signs and Banners, in Huntsville,AL) make mine. They make them for boats in a material that is made for water environments. But if you ever have some peel up, and it leaves you with a sticky mess, you can go to Wal-Mart and buy some stuff called Sticker-Off in the automotive section, it works wonders for removing the sticky residue. Also some other stuff is Goo-Gone, it works good too.

Jerry Blake
10-31-2006, 05:13 PM
I had a local sign shop make my numbers to match the other lettering I put on my boat. We don't have a restriction on colors here but they are supposed to be within a certain size range and they are supposed to be block lettering - nothing fancy.

Darryl Morris
10-31-2006, 05:14 PM
If you go to your local shop that does vinyl signs and lettering, they'll be able to do anything you want right on their computer and then cut and set it for you. You can then install it yourself or they might do it for ya for nothing. That's what Jerry and I have done with the lettering on our boat. It looks good and is durable too.

J White
10-31-2006, 05:43 PM
Thanks for all the ideas guys! Got to go home and find that booklet
that I got with the registration and read up on the fine print to see what
I can and can't do in MS :D

10-31-2006, 05:59 PM
Jeff I know in Tn all that it states is 3" high.
When I put letters on the New Bass Boat i bought in 1988 I put some red ones on it and it looked good.
Now if you need me to I will just take the old boat off your hands HAHA

10-31-2006, 09:32 PM
Here ya go Jeff. Had these done at a local sign shop. Like Jerry and Darryl said earlier, had these done to match the color of the stripes and they are the size and style Tennessee requires. Good luck. FATBOY

J White
11-01-2006, 09:45 AM
checked the book last night, it says block letters at least 3" high -
all it says about color is that it should contrast with the boat color,
like light letters on dark background, or vice-versa.
The Wisconsin numbers on it now are maroon on a silver background,
sort of two-tone - on a part of the boat that is black. I was curious
about them because they are all made together, like one continuous decal.
Must be the custom printed ones like you guys are talking about.
Now lets see- whats I gonna work on first, rod racks or numbers...
awww, I think I got 60 days for the numbers :D :D :D

11-01-2006, 06:51 PM
You can find some in BPS or Cabele's catalogs. I got somethat fade in color to contrast the hull on the boat.