The key to classic boat lettering

Hand-lettering artists instinctively know the correct balance and proportion for the elements of name and hail, but newcomers to the field of boat lettering need to know the critical information below.

The "strokes" of the name and hailport lettering bear a vital relationship to each other. In playing a subordinate role, the hailport must not "shout" louder than the name.

Since the name usually features more refinement, it has thin "strokes" which project the least visibility at great distances. The thin elements of the name must be bold enough to be read at a distance, and the hailport elements should be no bolder.

Lesson summary: the "strokes" of the hailport should be no bolder than the thin "strokes" of the name.