Most signs today are designed with computer fonts, from the world of printing using digital tools. Some of these fonts have nice hand lettering characteristics. I think they look good on the curved surfaces of boats.
The names ARUGULA, ALLEGRO and TAMARINDO were cut from vinyl by hand. On the right is a photo of a hand painted boat name BOHEME. Below is a photo of the same transom redone in vinyl by hand cutting the name to reproduce the previous name exactly. The hailing port was done with a computer font close in style to the original painted letters.
I hope these pictures show that vinyl letters do not have to look like they are machine made. The LION HEAD, RED SKY and MAESTRO were hand cut with a knife following the customer's design.
MAD MAX is hand cut from 22 karat gold material that imitates the patterning of engine turned gold leaf. The engine turning makes the letters reflect more light. The letters look brighter on a cloudy day. Smooth gold on a boat can look dark because it is reflecting the dark water.
The DOLPHINS were designed by me and drawn in the computer so that multiple copies could be cut by the computer from several colors of vinyl.
It is wise to request premium vinyl for all your boating needs.