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Boat Registration Numbers Complaint...for real???

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Stacey K, May 21, 2020.

  1. Chriswagner92

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    I'm sure it's not enough of a difference that will cause any issue for them on the water. However every time I set up any font, I never use the overall size, I base the sizing on the X-height of the letter, and let the customer know that the round letters will go above and below that. We've run into that issue on a set of channel letters (not my setup) that showed like 12", but that was the overall height, not the X height. Customer ended up measuring a flat letter and of course they're going to be about 1/4" shorter than the round ones. That was enough of a difference for them to not pay. We have since included that language in our sign-offs.
     
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  2. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    Only remade registrations a couple times. Not because anything was wrong but because the clients were causing "issues" on the water. Ooops.

    Truth to tell most of the registrations I make are technically illegal by DNR standards. S'posed to be 3" tall, block letters and black in color. IIRC minimum stroke width is 0.250"

    20 years ago I used to airbrush the vinyl for trick effects. Today it's digital prints.
     
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  3. Chriswagner92

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    The color stipulation is that it has to be contrasting; black numbers on a dark boat will be kind of hard to read.
     
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  4. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    Yup. Been so long since I've done a plain registration I forgot. Last one I did was for a cigarette boat. Client wanted flames so that's what he got.
     
  5. Patentagosse

    Patentagosse Active Member

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    Here's my input: my shop is just in front of a big boat/atv/motorcyle dealer. I'm asked to do their numbers like 2-3 hours before the final delivery to their customers. We simplified the process by always doing the numbers in the same font and only white or black depending on background color. Sure I can do WAY better job but as it's always needed for yesterday, I told 'em it's that's the way it's gonna be or you go wherever you want, it's not my core business (I'm in vehicle graphics, wide format, mostly on big rigs).

    As for the 3" requirement, for boats it's not a problem but on SeaDoo, 3" might be too much due to physical usable space on body. I'd say that most of the watersport toys get 2½" x 18" numbers and NEVER got a single complain... BUT... it's a matter of readability. Some fonts at half the expected size read better than script ones at +3" so work wisely with this in mind. Myriad Bold is simply easier for the eyes than Murray Hill... No need to get a degree in marketing to figure this out...
     
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  6. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

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    Whenever I have to make size compliant letters/numbers I always make them around a 1/8" taller than
    spec'd & have never had an issue.
    A little off topic; One weird thing about boat ID here in Mississippi is they start with MI, not the MS abbreviation.
     
  7. myront

    myront CorelDRAW is best

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    We do these quite often. I use a corel macro that will "average" the height to a desired input.
    We've had many request smaller size, crazy fonts and Such We make them sign a waiver knowing damn well they're not compliant. Boat people = "I have money and don't care"
     
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  8. Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay?

    Pixels Are Bad Mmmkay? Very Active Member

    I always set up registration and DOT numbers based on the cap height of the letters, not the height of letters with ascenders and descenders. That way you always meet the minimum required height.

    This also sounds to me like an excuse for a free replacement.
     
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  9. 2B

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    We also do the same.
    Typically a capitalized "I" works great, make the desired height, and everything else will be golden
     
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  10. Stacey K

    Stacey K Getting Back in the Game

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    That's weird! What do they start with in Michigan I wonder...
     
  11. Andy D

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  12. Johnny Best

    Johnny Best Very Active Member

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    USCG is MI for Mississippi and MC for Michigan
    USPS is MS for Mississippi and MI for Michigan
     
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