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    Show me your transom decals

    Hi folks,

    My friend just finished designing the new name for my boat so now I'm looking at transom placement for the decal...sizing, location, etc for my E32-3. The backstay chainplate as well as the swim ladder get in the general area of where the decal would go, so I'm curious how everyone with transom name decals has theirs configured. If you have pics of the name (I KNOW you do) could you show them off for me?
    Geoff W.
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    Boat name on the side, not the stern

    Quote Originally Posted by Sati View Post
    Hi folks,

    My friend just finished designing the new name for my boat so now I'm looking at transom placement for the decal...sizing, location, etc for my E32-3. The backstay chainplate as well as the swim ladder get in the general area of where the decal would go, so I'm curious how everyone with transom name decals has theirs configured. If you have pics of the name (I KNOW you do) could you show them off for me?
    I stripped off the boat graphics on our 32-3 early this year when I had an extensive polish job done to the hull. I took that time to have the boat graphics redone. Instead of putting the same graphic on the stern I opted to getting a bit bold and putting the boat name in big letters on the port and starboard sides along with our port in smaller letters. My thinking was that it would be easier for someone to see the boat name and radio me for whatever reason and that happened three times this year. So what to do with all that space on the stern? I had a large Ericson Viking logo made for it.

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    Port/starboard vs. transom is something i'm wrestling with right now. I like using the real estate in the back, but if I ever installed a wind vane or similar it'd get pretty crowded.

    I love the white letters for city/state over the boat name - looks very nice.
    Geoff W.
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    I also went with Port/Stbd for the boat name on my E35 III. Put the hailing port on the transom. Sorry no good pics though.

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    The only regulation about this - and it only applies to Coast Guard registered boats - is that the hailing port has to be on the stern in letters (IIRC) 4" high or bigger.

    I used the cove stripe to frame the name, and used a relatively "fat" font so that it could be read from a distance. Used the same font for the registration numbers - though I waited until the registration decal expired because I couldn't move it non-destructively. They look small in the thumbnails, but they really can be read from pretty far away.

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    Oh, and I did the transom too. It looks a little desperate, (See me! See me!) but due to an ordering error, I had an extra 'Arcturus'. As you noted, the COTB interferes with this location. At least for a boat of Arcturus's size. During this winter's haul-out, I'm moving the ladder over one width to port, and installing the mounting brackets for the wind vane on center, which will land right in the middle of the lettering. I also discovered the need to add two fixed rungs on the transom, which will land in between the ladder rungs in the folded position, but will make a smooth continuous climb in the deployed position. And if I can scrape up the boat bucks, I might even get an external chainplate added in there. I'll probably get out a hair drier and remove the letters. Then see if there's any room left to place new ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddster View Post
    The only regulation about this - and it only applies to Coast Guard registered boats - is that the hailing port has to be on the stern in letters (IIRC) 4" high or bigger.
    From some googling, the hailing-port-on-stern requirement is for commercial vessels, but you're correct that all letters must be 4" or higher. (I looked here: https://www.boatus.com/boatgraphics/...quirements.asp)

    Sounds like you're going to make your transom look a lot like how mine is now. The wind vane is a big consideration for me...I'm now leaning towards name only on port/starboard and hailing port only on the transom.
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    Keeping it simple.

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    Image of Kiwi as well.
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    Name on both sides. hailing port on the transom,

    I originally had the hailing port centered above the backstay, but ... it sorta looked like a "tramp stamp", which wasn't really the look I was going for.
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    Unchanged since original owner, I believe.
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    Cool "First Look"

    Great new name on a pristine E-32-3 in our marina.
    (Jimmy Buffet fans will like this one...)
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    And mine

    With a stern hung rudder.
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    They all look great. Bruce and I have our name on the aft topsides, and hailing port on the stern (And First Look, in Loren's photo above).. This is technically improper, with a long prison term if we are caught. USCG says name and port to be located together, as I recall.

    BY the way, if you inherit a yacht with a large vinyl device on the transom, and it has been there a while, it is very likely that the gelcoat shadow is profound. The shadow is proud of the surface, the unprotected gelcoat around it wears away over the years.

    I was quite startled to see that on the current boat, and there was no way to get rid of it or ignore it. The easy solution was to sand the transom gelcoat flat and paint with Awlgrip before applying the new name.
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    To pick a nit....
    The USCG will not be interested in the posted name unless you are a Documented vessel. Given that our OR registration is accepted without question when in BC waters, most of us forgo the documentation procedure. Of course trips to Mexico will call for documentation.
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    So my boat actually is documented. What's the "real" issue if I get "caught" having the hailing port and name separate on the boat? Just a fine, or they'll make sure to be extra thorough during a boarding search?
    Geoff W.
    1987 Ericson 32-3
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