Blue Turtle Cruising

Officially a DeFever again

Last April, Randy and I tackled a very large project of painting the exterior of our boat. We still have the bridge, decks and hull left, but we did do a major portion of the exterior cabin. While in the process of sanding and painting, we had to remove the DeFever Passagemaker lettering in order to paint. It was already peeling and looked pretty bad, so we removed it and painted over that surface. I had planned to have the lettering redone in vinyl but never got around to it.

Before: the spot where we used to have our DeFever identity
Before: the spot where we used to have our DeFever identity

Surprisingly, over the past year, we’ve had quite a few inquiries about the make of our trawler. With no identification, it left folks wondering. Since we were in the process of doing a maintenance coat on our exterior wood, I decided to recreate the lettering (I do have some graphic skills after all 🙂 ) based off a photo I took of it before. I also researched DeFever Passagemakers to look at the lettering and was surprised how it varied.  I decided to just go with what it looked like previously and created the artwork. I also had to find a website that would allow me to upload my own file, as opposed to creating it online and picking fonts, etc. I found LetteringOnTheCheap.com and uploaded my file. I was amazed that 2-3 days later I had the vinyl lettering.  It was super simple to install, especially since I could see the imprint where the old lettering used to be.  Now that we got our DeFever identity back, folks won’t have to wonder what make our trawler is.

Our old lettering (prior to removing it for painting) that I used as a template for recreating
Our old lettering (prior to removing it for painting) that I used as a template for recreating
Our lettering arrived within 2-3 days and ready to install
Our lettering arrived within 2-3 days and ready to install
I taped the lettering in place before removing the adhesive backing
I taped the lettering in place before removing the adhesive backing
After: the new lettering after it was applied
After: the new lettering after it was applied
Now folks in the marina and passing by won't have to wonder anymore!
Now folks in the marina and passing by won’t have to wonder anymore!

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