Your hull registration number has long been one of those strange things that can be a small detail that either kills the appearance or just goes away, rarely do they actually help the appearance of your classic water craft. Picking the wrong font can be as bad as the wrong font for your transom. It’s not a do the collars match the cuff’s thing mind you, More of a does it look like it would have been done back in the day. Registration numbers in our state at least need to be 3 inches tall, and readable, so a scripted over shadowed look is not only over kill, but not what these numbers are intended for. I will add though that if the name of the boat is in gold leaf, the numbers should be as well. There is a visual language going on that needs to be consistent. The name of your boat is like a logo, the numbers and port name are information and should be simple and informative. That’s of course from a design standpoint.
Another option is of course the number itself, if your are fortunate enough to have a low number which can indicate an early registration, its cool. or if you’re lucky enough to live in a state that has an approachable registration process, you can get a custom number if it hasn’t been taken. For example we just got , VA 1948 WB for WECATCHEM. Yes a small detail that no one will notice, but sometimes its the small details that no one notices that are the fun ones.
So how did we pull it off? Well, it helps to go in person, and at an odd time in the middle of the week, so you are possibly the only one there. I have also found that a photo of your boat helps. Here is the thing, they dont want to do it, it takes a bit of work for the person finding the number to look around, which in my case was part of it. In person its harder for a person to turn down another. I drove 2 hours on a Wednesday with all my documents and basecly begged. I showed the picture and talked about her history. I originally asked for 1948 CC but someone has that. Some plastic turd out there has that I am sure. My new BFF found WB for Wooden Boat, and I thought, Woody Boater. Wow, even better. So we had a deal.
EXCEPT! OH CRAP! Now this part is embarrassing. Turns out we purchased WECATCHEM from a CO executor, not THE executor,. There is nothing like the sinking feeling that one has when you have driven two hrs to find out you have to return, AND get two other executors to sign a piece of paper.What if this was a set up, what if the other ones now decide to not sign.. OH CRAP! Needless to say it was a long drive home. The good news is that the other executors were very agreeable and made it happen quickly. Within 5 minutes of the papers making it to me, I was on the road again, and my new BFF’s at the Number place said hi and we made it happen. And that’s the story behind how I got a special number. Was it all worth it. Heck ya, I will do it again…And apparently again.