Hey everybody, can I get your opinions on this? I've been doing some spring refitting and upgrades on Rowan for the coming season, including some new paint. In fact I decided to redo the sheerstrake color from dark blue to a green for a change, which means I had to scrape off all the old lettering. . . .
And now I'm wondering whether or not to put the name back on or not. When I launched her for the first time I was living in Bellingham and had both the name and the hailing port displayed on each quarter (double-ender, right?). But when I moved to Anacortes in 2008 I scraped off the "Bellingham" and touched up the paint, but never got around to putting "Anacortes" on her. And now she sits there with a third coat of lovely new green paint curing towards hard. . .and I'm not sure if I want to put even just the name back on.
Part of it is that she is really just a little boat, and maybe a name and port is maybe a little ostentatious for an open freakin' rowboat. On the other hand, I am not particularly shy myself, and I'm definitely not shy about promoting up this boat that I love, so having a name painted on her might help people who see her out and about be able to recognize her, maybe even look her up online.
But then again, that lettering sorta draws your eye away from that sweet, sweet sheerline, kind of a distraction really. And Rowan is probably infamous enough from all those damn pics and threads that I incessantly post about her that she doesn't really need or want to be recognized any more than she already is.
I have to have registration numbers at the bow, I'm afraid. Can't go completely commando here, not an option. But do I want a name pasted on her too? And my hailing port? Or nothing?
What say ye, gentlemen of the Forum? Yea or nix?