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Boat Lettering FAQ

Designing & Ordering

Yes. Please leave space in between lettering — and notify us that you would like lettering on two lines in the special instructions box at the bottom of the cart.

Please write your special request/instructions in the special instructions box at the bottom of your cart or at the end of checkout.

No, all boat registration number orders come as a pair. One order will include two registration numbers: one for each side of your boat.

You will be asked to verify your Membership and information after reviewing your cart and clicking "continue."

All orders are produced and shipped within two business days.

The average lettering heights for most boat graphics orders are between 4" and 8". For documented vessels, please check with the US Coast Guard for vessel marking requirements.

The preview on the design form is a close representation of how the colors will look, however, depending on your monitor, actual colors may vary. To see the exact color of the vinyl, order free sample colors here, and we will ship them to your home.

Both our Standard and reflective vinyl’s are gloss, marine grade vinyl which is warrantied for an outdoor life expectancy of 7 - 9 years. Our reflective vinyl is similar to what is seen on police and emergency vehicles on land. At night, when a light is shined onto the lettering or graphics, the light will reflect back, making the lettering visible and standout in low light conditions. If you do not do a lot of night time boating, our standard vinyl is the best option. 

Non-reflective boat name  Reflective vinyl at night


All orders are produced as one piece; they are individual letters, which are held together by transfer tape for, easy application. After installation of the lettering, the transfer tape is removed. This will leave the individual letters, properly spaced on the boat. For additional installation help, view installation guides

Our order/design archives date back ten years. For more information please email us at:


Become a BoatUS Member here or by calling the Membership Department at 800-395-2628. You can also join at any West Marine store.

Please click here to look up your Member number.

If your Membership has expired, visit your account page to renew. Otherwise, please email us or call 800-937-3300 to place your order.

Shipping & Installation

We can only ship to the United States and U.S. Territories

We offer a choice of flat rate shipping options:


  • $5.95 USPS Standard
  • $7.95 FedEx Ground
  • $12.50 FedEx Second Day Air
  • $23.50 FedEx Next Day Air


For more information, visit our Shipping page.

We all make mistakes, that's why we offer a 30-Day Guarantee on all graphics! Any letters or graphics damaged during installation will be replaced and shipped free of charge. Accidental orders i.e. incorrect sizing, wrong color, etc., will be replaced at 50% off the new price and shipped for only $2.95.*

All lettering and graphics will be shipped using USPS unless otherwise noted. This offer only covers installed graphics and lettering. Keychains and striping are not included in this policy. Replacement graphics and lettering are subject to review.

*Accidental order replacements must be of equal or lesser value to the original order.

Yes! All our graphics stick to a wide range of materials and objects as long as the surface area where the vinyl is being applied is smooth and flat. NOTE: Vinyl will NOT stick to inflatable boats. A lettering stencil kit for your inflatable can be purchased at your local West Marine store.