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Making equipment labelling simpler to reduce equipment theft

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What is the issue?
Equipment theft in sailing circles is rare but it happens so it’s best to minimise the likelihood. The best way to reduce it is to clearly label everything with the yachts name and small ships registry number.

Why address this?
Painstakingly hand labelling every item is slow tedious work. It is also easy for it to go wrong and look sloppy.

How to address this?
Cut boat name templates and use them in conjunction with aerosol spray paint to label boat items, see figure 1.

You can make a range of template sizes so that it is easy to find one that suits the various sized objects that require naming.

The trick in application is to mask around the template. Hold the aerosol well back and lay on multiple light coats of spray over time slowly building up the text image. Don’t spray heavy coats from up close, it will just run beneath the template

Some characters such as ‘b a e R and 4’ in figure 1 have interior sections that need to be held in place on the template resulting in broken characters. If you wish to remove these blank stripes, spray some aerosol paint into the paint cans end cup. Dip a small brush into this and go back over the stripe sections to finish.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession.

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