Recent boat lettering at bottom of page.

Resolute horseshoes

posted Sep 30, 2017, 10:27 AM by Charles Duane   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 10:28 AM ]

painted freehand

Artemis and Content - Brown University

posted Sep 6, 2017, 5:58 AM by Charles Duane   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 6:29 AM ]

Two "four" racing shells originally painted in 2002, refreshed 9.5.2017

both names hand-painted, both sides


After 15 years, both carbon-fiber boats have taken some hits at the leading edge of the bow but have proven to be well-built and durable - they are "keepers".

Full view of main boathouse room, including other "shark bears".  One of the two singles hanging from the ceiling was exhibited at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.


posted Sep 2, 2017, 10:46 AM by Charles Duane   [ updated Sep 2, 2017, 10:55 AM ]

Proposal - blue embossed letters with gold-color outline and grey shade.:

Completed lettering (in shade):

The vinyl is printed with outdoor color, covered with a UV laminate, and then contour-cut.  Then the lettering is prepared in shop to apply on site - in this case on the water.


posted Aug 26, 2017, 12:50 PM by Charles Duane   [ updated Aug 26, 2017, 12:51 PM ]

The Gunsight graphic contains the photograph of a mountain associated with that title.

The name went on both sides of the main hull of the trimaran.  The owner and I agreed that the graphic would be best protected from any kind of damage in this location near the stern.

Working from a rubber boat, I installed the lettering on site.  The changing curvature and angle of the surface affect the perception of graphic from various points of view.  For example, the "T" at the far right is closer to the rail than the "G" at the beginning - even so, the graphic appears to rise toward the bow.  The owner approved this location after viewing several possible placements of the graphic (and holding the rubber boat in place as I worked...).


posted Aug 11, 2017, 7:29 AM by Charles Duane

Nanuk nameboards

posted Aug 1, 2017, 6:53 AM by Charles Duane   [ updated Aug 1, 2017, 6:55 AM ]

22k Florentine Gold, letters cut out and re-spaced in order to prevent wallpaper effect, two-part varnish by David at Burr Bros. Boats.

Enlarge photos for closer look.  Gold glistens with change of view.

Spring Tide

posted Jul 31, 2017, 3:15 PM by Charles Duane   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 3:16 PM ]

Blue gradient blend printed on vinyl, laminated with UV clear, installed on convex surface between steps.

Photographed and lettered on the water.


posted Jul 31, 2017, 3:07 PM by Charles Duane   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 3:08 PM ]

Mock-up - finished job looks the same, meant to last a year until the boat is repainted.

Photographed and lettered on the water.

Small Change

posted Jul 13, 2017, 8:07 AM by Charles Duane   [ updated Jul 13, 2017, 8:07 AM ]

This mock-up was so convincing that everybody thought I had already lettered the wrong boat !!!

The 170 Montauk that I actually lettered has a red Whaler logo.


posted Jul 10, 2017, 12:37 PM by Charles Duane   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 12:54 PM ]

22k Florentine Gold, no outline

The shimmering vividness of gold is difficult to capture in an indoor photo.  In any case, a slight variation in the light source or position of the viewer causes a different sparkle.

Note that additional "richness" of the gold has been achieved by cutting out the letters in random order, and then placing them on the boat in proper order.  This extra effort individualizes the letters - not like they had been cut and transfered directly from a single sheet.

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