Vinyl Boat Lettering DIY Application and Repair

If your vinyl boat letters are looking tired or you'd like to change the name entirely, learn how to apply and repair them via this DIY process. With a few easy-to-find, affordable supplies and an eye for spacing, you can refresh your boat letters so other sailors can easily make-out which name to hail on the radio.


One of the pleasures of boating, at least for me, is reading boat names! I enjoy the many humorous names and those that are a play on words. In many cases, they certainly provide a glimpse into the owner’s personality. Or, as in my case, Aquaholic, reveals my addiction to all things related to water sports and activities.

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Marc Robic
Marc caught his love of sailing and all things water from his father from a very young age. He has owned many sailboats in his 40+ years of sailing. An avid do-it-yourselfer and handyman, he builds, modifies, improves and executes all his own repairs. He also enjoys testing, documenting & sharing products and how-to methods with other sailors and boaters. Posting many how to videos on his YouTube channel and Facebook page. He is a member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. Currently, he sails his Catalina 270, Aquaholic 3, out of the Ile-Perrot Yacht Club in Montreal, where Marc spent 16 years as Harbour Master. He is also a regular bareboat yacht charterer, having sailed most of the Caribbean islands. In the winter months, Marc regularly hand builds exact scale models of friends’ boats to give them away in the spring.


  1. Hello Clubmech, I have not yet done a video or article on cleaning SS. However, I can tell you that I use Barkeeper’s Friend in liquid form on all SS onboard. For stubborn areas, I use NEV’R DULL.