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Boat Graphics

Boat Graphics for Fishing Guide Businesses Help Advertise Tours!

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Many sign companies say that they can wrap anything, but when you call them up, their claims don’t hold water. Well, at Specialty Graphic Solutions, we don’t claim that we can wrap everything, but we do have experience creating graphics for a variety of motor vehicles and appliances. Big Game Fishing wanted vinyl boat graphics in Hammond, Oregon, so they contacted SGS to find out if our skills are sea-worthy.

Big Game Fishing Is More than a Game

Located on 5th Avenue in Hammond, Oregon, Big Game Fishing is the business of fishing guide Jim Fowler. Jim runs guided fishing and crabbing trips near Buoy 10, a famous spot where the mighty Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. He has been fishing the Columbia since he was a teenager riding his bike to the banks to cast a line. These days, he enjoys sharing his love of the river with his clients.

When someone who’s as passionate about the Pacific Northwest as we are came to us for vinyl boat graphics for fishing guide businesses in Hammond, Oregon, we couldn’t wait to tackle the job. Thousands of anglers are typically out fishing at the famous spot where Jim takes his clients. This is especially true when the salmon are ready to start their migration up the river to spawning grounds.

Jim felt like he was missing out on a great marketing and branding opportunity since he had nothing but his registration numbers on his boat. So, he contacted a couple other sign companies about his graphics ideas, but they weren’t up for the job. It takes a special sign shop to work on boats. Fortunately, SGS is pretty special.

Big Game Graphics for Big Game Fishing

We first set up an initial consultation with Big Game Fishing to check out the boat and to listen closely to Jim’s vision. We have a lot of experience putting graphics on boats, but not all boats are in our wheelhouse. Jim has a 26-foot custom Alumaweld Formula V center console fishing boat with Yamaha outboard power. It’s in great shape but very plain looking. Luckily, this particular boat was going to serve as a great canvas for our graphics!

Our mighty sign maker Jason created a great design that went above and beyond simple letters on the side of a boat. Jim appreciated the art proofs. Once he approved of them, our team got to work producing the graphics.

We used our “oh so fantastic” Roland VersaCam printer to print out the graphics on top-quality Oracal print vinyl and laminates. Then, our mighty sign maker Taylor – that’s him showing off his guns next to the finished product – installed the graphics here at our climate-controlled shop. In the end, Big Game James, as he’s known out on the water, was big time pleased with the results. We had another satisfied customer!

If you have a boat or car or refrigerator that could benefit from a vinyl wrap, contact SGS today to get the job done right!

Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Unique Vehicle Wraps? We’ve Got ‘Em!

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Sure, we see vehicle wraps on cars, trucks, and vans on the road every day. They’re hard to miss. Yet, not all of us get around using these common modes of transportation. These days, and particularly in this part of the country, people are using all sorts of novel ways to travel. Who’s to say we can’t wrap a boat? Or a golf cart? No one. No one can tell us that we can’t wrap these things. So, that’s exactly what we did. Check out some of our unique vehicle wraps for Vancouver, WA in today’s blog post.

Slick Golf Carts on and off the Links

Just because golf carts are commonly used to transport horribly dressed people doesn’t mean that the carts themselves have to look bad. Dress up your golf carts with vehicle graphics. Who isn’t envious of someone driving a golf cart around? Make them more envious with sweet graphics.

We applied the logo for ISG to one of their golf carts. Much to the chagrin of their employees, ISG doesn’t have an on-premises golf course. However, they do use a golf cart to cruise around their large campus. Now, the cart carries their branding and lends a level of authority to the vehicle.

Show Your Forklift that You Really Care

Forklift drivers sometimes spend more time with their four-wheeled friends than they do with their family. So, it’s only natural for a bond to develop. What better way to tell your forklift that you love her than with vehicle graphics? That’s exactly what we did for one forklift named Esther. We also included flowery flourishes. Now, one Vancouver forklift driver is traveling around in style.

Hit the Road with RV Murals

Is there anything more iconic than hitting America’s road in an RV? Whether you’re just traveling to the mountains or the coast for the weekend or you’re spending months traveling the continent, RV murals are excellent conversation starters. One of our clients chose to incorporate an artistic rendering of their two dogs applied to the rear of their camper. Now, Fluffy and Toto (names changed to protect the innocent) can be with them wherever they may roam.

Enter the Dragon Boat

Through some fault of our own, we’ve become somewhat of a legendary sign shop within the dragon boating community. In addition to having wrapped several dragon boats in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, we’ve also wrapped paddles to be used as trophies. You may think that just any sign maker can wrap a dragon boat. This simply isn’t true. A sign company must have large enough facilities to protect the wrap job from the elements while they install the graphics so they’ll look great for many eras (or years) to come.

Do you notice the trend yet? That’s right: we can apply vinyl graphics to just about anything with a smooth, nonporous surface. Don’t believe us? Put our mighty sign makers to the challenge today. Contact SGS for a free consultation on unique vehicle wraps for Vancouver, WA.

Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.

Amazing Vinyl Graphics for Custom-Built Boats!

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We’ve all noticed the vinyl graphics that are on cars. Most of them are promoting one company or another. Vehicle graphics are an effective way to catch eyes and get your message across. However, it’s rare that you see individuals with these custom graphics. And, it’s even rarer to see them on boats! Charles Silver realized that he could harness the power and style of vinyl graphics for his project, so he contacted the Specialty Graphic Solutions for vinyl graphics for custom built boats in Vancouver, WA.

Who Built This Beautiful Boat?

In all likelihood, you’ve already skipped ahead to take in the pictures of this gorgeous boat. Let us tell you about it. This craft was built from a kit by Charles Silver of Vancouver. It was a labor of love that took several classes and plenty of training to get the details just right. He then gave it the fitting moniker of “Silver Belle.” He now considers himself a Journeyman boat builder rather than an Apprentice since a “Journeyman has figured out how to fix his mistakes.”

When an individual brings his pride and joy to us for vinyl graphics for custom built boats in Vancouver, WA, we’re delighted to help out! Charles wanted vinyl lettering to display the name of the boat. We wanted to make sure we got it just right, so we had him come in to look at our vinyl color swatches. Once he found what he wanted, we got right down to work.

The Belle of the Ball

Charles has a great eye for detail. He chose metallic silver vinyl for the main letters with a dark blue accent for the shadowing on the right of the letters. To get technical, we used Oracal 751 Cast vinyl: Silver Metallic and Dark Blue, to match the blue of his waterline mark on the hull. Our mighty sign makers cut the two types of vinyl and hand-layered them. Charles brought the boat to our headquarters, and Taylor carefully installed the lettering.

In the end, Charles was completely satisfied with the job we did. He was proud to show it off at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend last month, where he first launched his boat. Bon Voyage, Charles!

We Have Vinyl Graphics for You!

Whether you’ve been afloat for many years or you’re just getting your feet wet, we have solutions for your boat. The work we did for Charles is relatively small compared to some of the projects we’ve completed in the past for dragon boats. But, no job is too big or too small for our team. Whether you run a business or are just an individual boating enthusiast, we’ll listen carefully to your goals and make recommendations based on your budget and vision. When your graphics are ready, we work with your schedule to install them at a time that causes the least disruption to you.

Boats aren’t all we do. Due to the versatility of vinyl, we can install graphics on just about any smooth surface. Want to wrap your Kegerator? No problem! Contact us today for a free consultation on vinyl graphics.

Questions? Drop us a line at hello@SGSgraphic.com or call us at (360) 635-5556 and unless we’re up to our elbows in alligators, a live person will answer. If you leave a message we will call you back pronto.