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jandrewg posted 05-25-2007 12:49 PM ET (US)   Profile for jandrewg   Send Email to jandrewg  
I just read the post regarding the location of the capacity plate. My problem is that with repeated washing and buffing the printed text on my plate is now gone. It's just a shiny piece of aluminum with four rivets.

Does anyone know where to get a new one for my Montauk? Does Boston Whaler offer them? Any links?


simonmeridew posted 05-26-2007 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
My local BW dealer(100 miles away, in South Hero, VT) several years ago said yes he could get me a new capacity plate for my Montauk, but that he would have to first see the boat in person, then order the plate; reason given: to make sure my boat is 17' Montauk and thus legally identified on the plate. I think he said something about $40 or so.

That being said, a JPEG digital photo available for download was offered several years ago by a very kind and thoughtful member here; this photo can be printed on a decal transfer sheet available at Staples for next to nothing and carefully put on the plate. If your boat has no plate at all, because it was reworked or renovated extensively, just get a thin guage aluminum sheet, cut it to size, attach the decal with appropriate varnish or other protective covering, and pop rivet to the boat.

I would think a proper search of this site would turn up the details.

simonmeridew posted 05-26-2007 08:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
here's the posting with the appropriate urls:
as you can tell I was in the midst of trying to do the same thing you are now.
dburton posted 05-26-2007 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
Here is a recent thread on the same subject:


jimh posted 05-26-2007 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Too bad the discussion about source of replacement labels was conducted in the MARKETPLACE. The notices of WANTED TO BUY and FOR SALE are not archived and this information will be lost. Better to conduct discussions here, where the information can be archived.
jandrewg posted 05-26-2007 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jandrewg  Send Email to jandrewg     
I just replyed to the post in MARKETPLACE, but will paste it here as well...

Thanks to all for the information, especially jeffs22outrage as I downloaded the ZIP and got the very helpful JPG and PDF files inside.
I've been in the graphics business for too many years to actually say (have had CAD since the mid '80s, and had hand cut vinyl since the '70s). Most of what I do is fleet markings (Sheriff and Police graphics, local Fire Departments, small fleet markings for heating/plumbing contractors, etc.). What I'll do with these files is print them on clear 2 mil cast vinyl with a solvent ink jet commercial printer, and laminate another clear 2 mil on top, finally profile cutting it to perfectly fit my original aluminum plate. The solvent ink has an outdoor rating but will wear off after a couple of years or more, so the protective top layer will alleviate this problem and give a product that will last indefinately (2 mil cast vinyl has a rating of 7-9 years, subject to UV exposure. In real life with a little caution and care it will hold up at least twice that long in my experience).

I'd offer to help anyone out there with the same process, but I don't have an immediate source for the aluminum blanks (with the radiused corners and holes punched), so the mechanics of having the old ones shipped and redone might be more problem that it is worth. The material in the machine prints on 54" wide material, so obviously we could stack a bunch of them on one run. Because of this, I'll print several extra for my Montauk, anybody out there need one for same? You could install on your original plate.

Thanks again for the help.

John Green

simonmeridew posted 05-28-2007 08:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
I just measured the thickness of my OE aluminum capacity plate for reference sake: 0.028 inches. I don't know what guage that is but it would be easy to find out. Some newspapers use the aluminum plates in their publishing process so you might inquire there. Don't know their thickness though.

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