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MT170 "Boston Whaler" font characteristics
|Author||Topic: MT170 "Boston Whaler" font characteristics|
posted 12-29-2003 01:32 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know the font characteristics (style, size, bold, etc) of the "Boston" and "Whaler" words in the harpoon logo?
posted 12-29-2003 02:40 PM ET (US)
This logo was drawn by hand in the fifties I believe... long before true-type fonts were even a thought.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 12-29-2003 02:58 PM ET (US)
They're also different on each side of the hull.
posted 12-29-2003 03:06 PM ET (US)
I don't know the font, but any sign shop can match it to something in their computer. They will match it to a vertical font, then can add any angle to match the Whaler angle by tilting it right or left.
posted 12-29-2003 05:01 PM ET (US)
I recently had numbers and letters made for my registration on my 170 montauk, and they are quite close to block style. I took some close-up digital pictures of the logos, and brought them to a local sign/awning company. The employee matched the letter style, then tipped and stretched them in the correct direction and printed them on a sheet for application. The total price including a squeegee, was around 16.00 for the pair of registration numbers.
posted 12-29-2003 11:20 PM ET (US)
To my typographic eye--not the best--you can closely match the typeface of the Boston Whaler logotype using fonts in the HELVETICA family. The HELVETICA NEUE family comes pretty close.
The type in the forum's logo (above) is derived from those faces. It looks vaguely similar to the Boston Whaler logo, or so I have been told.
I have about 75 different Postscript typefaces in the Helvetica family. I don't think you can recreate all of them with a single true-type face.
Re True-Type: these fonts were a low-quality competitor to Postscript. They were developed by Apple and later adopted by Microsoft. Apple developed them to give themselves some leverage with Adobe, but eventually I think Apple gave up and went with Adobe and their much better Postscript fonts. Apple now uses PDF as the basis for their display technology, which is an offshoot of Display Postscript
posted 01-07-2004 12:06 PM ET (US)
From an email I received from Whaler:
"... there is no set Font, this is a custom design"
posted 01-07-2004 01:52 PM ET (US)
The font used for the name of my boat strongly resembles the font used on the side for the model name "170 Montauk"
The font type is: Brush Script Connected
The color is (red):
posted 01-07-2004 05:17 PM ET (US)
As provided by Microsoft, Helvetica is a bitmap font, not TrueType. MS users can acquire Neue Helvetica™ and other fonts here:
posted 01-07-2004 08:50 PM ET (US)
No way in the world the typeface in the Whaler logotype is a script font. It is a sans serif font, and is very similar to certain members of the Helvetica family.
Hand drawn typefaces in logotypes are quite common.
I believe the Boston Whaler logo can be quite nicely matched with faces from the Helvetica family. On the starboard side the type is italic; on the port side the type is reverse-italic. When I say the "Helvetica family" I don't mean some freebie bit-map computer graphic low resolution screen font you got with your operating system for free. I mean a real typeface, like you can get from Adobe or other type foundries in postscript format.
posted 01-08-2004 04:10 AM ET (US)
Jim, I agree with you for the Whaler logo itself.
The model name on the side of the boat is a different story.
posted 01-08-2004 04:42 AM ET (US)
Check out this link. It's nice to play around with.
posted 01-08-2004 08:56 AM ET (US)
Erik--Gotcha. Yes, the new style model name is no longer in sans-serif type. Thanks!
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