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Boat Wraps Vancouver WA Archives | Specialty Graphic Solutions

Smith-Root’s Promotional Boat Wraps Revealed for August Trade Show!

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Most businesses know that they can turn a lot of heads with vehicle wraps for their cars, vans, and trucks. All you need to do is take to the streets for a few minutes to realize this. However, not all enterprises know that they can wrap ALL of their vehicles, including seaworthy vessels. Smith-Root realized this, so they contacted our friendly experts for custom boat wraps for Vancouver, WA.

There’s Something Fishy about Smith-Root

Okay, so maybe there’s a lot fishy about Smith-Root. That’s because they do a whole lot for fisheries research with their main focus on fisheries investigation products. With their headquarters on Northwest Salmon Creek Avenue in Vancouver, they have offices all over the world. The organization was founded over half a century ago by Lee Root and Dave Smith. Today, they produce a full line of field research and electrofishing equipment and have a large manufacturing facility. We’re big fans of the really cool stuff they do for conservation and healthy rivers and lakes.

When such an upstanding business came to us for boat wraps for Vancouver, WA, we couldn’t wait to dive into the project. We had provided vehicle graphics for Smith-Root in the past, and we have experience wrapping boats, so they knew we’d be a perfect fit for the job. They have a big trade show this month, and they wanted to make a big splash by putting graphics on one of their electrofishing boats. Our mighty sign makers were ready to sink their teeth into this project!

The SGS Solution

The in-house marketing department at Smith-Root came up with the design for the wrap based off of World War II-era fighter planes. They combined this with their own look and branding to really give the artwork some bite.

Using our cutting edge large format printer, we printed the graphics on 3M’s iJ180Cv3 vinyl and used a 3M luster laminate. We then installed the vinyl on the full length of both sides of the boat and wrapped it up over the gunnel for a clean, finished appearance along the top of the boat.

Finally, just so it was safe to go back in the water from time to time, we used a primer and torches to help strengthen the seal between the adhesive and the boat, especially where it will be sitting below the waterline.

In the end, Smith-Root was completely satisfied with the job we did and couldn’t wait to get the attention of attendees at their upcoming trade show!

If You Can Drive It, We Can Wrap It

Whether your company vehicles travel by land, air, or sea, we can wrap them with your custom branding and graphics. When you first contact SGS, we listen carefully to your objectives. We then come up with solutions that fit your budget and vision. Once you’re happy, we print out your vehicle decals and install them at a time that works for you. We can even follow up with any maintenance you need for your wrap.

If you’re ready to rock the boat with graphics, contact us today for a free consultation!

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.

Supporting the Pink Cause! Boat Wraps for Kearney Breast Center!

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A lot of the time, when we say we’ll apply vinyl graphics to anything, people don’t believe us. We’re here to set the record straight. Today, we take a closer look at the wrap job we did for a dragon boat for PeaceHealth’s Kearney Breast Center.

What Does the Kearney Breast Center Do?

Part of the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center on Northeast Mother Joseph Place in Vancouver, the Kearney Breast Center is more than just a breast imaging center. Instead, they provide a comprehensive list of services for breast health. Whether patients are fighting breast cancer or are in need of a routine mammogram, they provide support with plastic surgeons, radiologists, nurse navigators, oncologists, breast surgeons, and more.

When an organization providing such a valuable service to the women of our community came to us for breast cancer boat wraps Vancouver, WA would notice, we could not wait to start this seaworthy project. To help celebrate breast cancer survivors, the Peace Health Foundation had bought a specially designed dragon boat. Dragon boating is a growing international paddle sport that is popular in the Portland metropolitan area as well as popular among breast cancer survivors. PeaceHealth ordered the boat to donate to the nonprofit Vancouver Lake Aquatic Center.

A Little about the Dragon Boat

Double Fifth Dragon Boating custom made this dragon boat, which features a pink gel coat finish. The boat is 40 feet long and consists of ten benches with two paddlers per bench. The helm steers the boat from the back, and the drummer has a spot in front to keep the tempo. It is perfect for sprints against other dragon boats!

How We Tackled This Challenge

This wasn’t our first dragon boat wrap. So, we knew what we were getting into. Our job was to fit both sides of the entire 40-foot length of the boat with a vinyl wrap. The traditional graphics for these crafts are a single colored set of scales down both sides. However, this wrap did things a bit differently. The boat wraps for PeaceHealth Kearney Breast Center feature the familiar pink breast cancer ribbons in varying shades of light and dark pink along the whole background.

These “scales” are also found on the body, tail, and neck of a fantastic dragon showing its head just ahead of the first bench and its tail all the way back to the steering deck at the stern. We matched the pink colors of the graphics to those of the gel coat finish of the boat to present a uniform appearance. The sponsor’s logos were added over top of the wrap to make sure they would be even with the waterline and the sloping gunnel. We printed the design on 3M iJ180Cv3 cast wrap vinyl and also used 8519 matching luster laminate.

It was raining on the scheduled installation day, so we had to set up a series of tents to cover up the massive boat while we worked. It took the mighty sign makers at SGS about half a day to install the vinyl graphics the entire length of the boat from right below the fiberglass gunnel to the edge of the boat where the unique W-shaped hull of the dragon boat moves back under the benches.

In the end, PeaceHealth was completely satisfied with the job we did!

Do you have a weird mode of transportation that could benefit from a wrap? If so, contact our friendly experts today for a free consultation on vinyl wraps and 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.