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!
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