Illuminated Ship Name FAQs for Desingers & Shipyards

Yacht Sign FAQs for Shipyards and Designers

Lumenautica, yacht signage and lighting solutions, offer their services to designers and shipyards across the globe. Below are some of the frequently asked questions we get asked by the yards and designers. Simply click on the question to reveal the answer.

If you do not see the answer to the question you may have, do not hesitate to get in touch and one of our friendly staff will be more than willing to help you. +44 (0) 1455 632 897 or fill out the form on our contact page.

We have our own design for the illuminated ship names and logos. Are there any design limitations?

For LED and fibre optic illuminated ship names, the only limitation would be the stroke width of the thinnest areas. This can be 15mm minimum width. For correct homogeneous light output, we require 5mm for the LED and 5mm of flat on either side for sufficient gluing area. This needs to be taken into consideration when designing a font.

Stroke widths at the tips and certain areas can be thinner in some cases and there are various tricks we can employ to make letters appear thinner whilst keeping the engineering side to a sufficient width for our integrally sealed LED system and laminations.

What type of file should we send over for manufacture and quotation purposes?

Please send us a vectorised file of the name or logo. We also suggest sending two different formats as good practice. If a vector file of the ship’s logo is not available, please provide a 300dpi clean image so that we can digitise it in-house. File types we can import from and work with are:

  • .PDF
  • .EPS
  • .AI
  • .DXF

Large files over 10MB, and up to 2GB, can be sent through reputable file-sharing sites such as WeTransfer. We can then directly download the content from there. Otherwise, you can email them to us.

We have a ‘first of her kind’ new build yacht and would like something different from the norm for the illuminated ships name. Are there any limitations to styling?

The limits to styling here are endless, even if it’s not seen on our website, more often than not, we can create exactly what you have in mind. We will work closely with you to develop a unique idea or to create something extra special by integrating a new material or finish for that added ‘wow’ factor.

Be it 50mm thick solid stainless steel with a 3D curved, undulating surface with black polished anthracite finish or a colour matched surface with polished gold trims to finish off an RGB illuminated ship’s name. Anything is possible! Please email us to discuss your specific design requirements.

Do you offer site visits?

Yes we do offer site visits, upon request. Prior to any manufacturing commencing, we can site visit your project to make sure all measurements, locations, access and details are correct and true. Our factory here in the UK is also open for visits and Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT), should they be required.

In addition to preliminary site visits, utilising our own, highly skilled installation technicians and a handful of certified subcontractors, we also offer a worldwide installation service for our yacht signage. By choosing this service you’ll have peace of mind that everything is taken care of and done correctly. Plus the work will be covered by our Lumenautica warranty.

Can Lumenautica’s illuminated ship names be fitted to a curved surface?

Yes, they can. Depending on budget, there are three typical options for fitting your new yacht name to a curved superstructure. It always helps to know in advance the radius of the mounting surface.

  1.  A letter standoffs: Over the width or height of any letter mounted on a curved surface there will be a curve offset which can be easily measured using a straight edge. We can then supply the letters with nylon or polished stainless steel standoffs larger than the curve offset to compensate for the curved mounting surface
  2. Machining the backside of the letters to replicate the mounting surface curvature: Given the known radius of your mounting surface, we can CNC machine the back face of your letters to suit the curved surface. The curve can even go both ways, north to south and left to right. In essence, the front metal face of the letter will be flat with the acrylic back face concaved
  3. Thermoforming and metal rolling: Again given the known radius of any mounting surface, we can create 3D moulds on which acrylic can be thermoformed to. The same mould can also be used to help shape the metal letter fronts too

If you have any queries regarding best fit for your illuminated yacht name, you can always set up a one to one telephone call or arrange for a site visit.

We have an awkward mounting situation. Do you offer alternative fitting methods?

Yes, we do. If you have limited access – or even no internal access at all – we can offer our External Mounting System (EMS) method – a series of two-part stainless steel spacers consisting of M10 pins that protrude from the back of the letters and fasten into 24mm (Ø) female lugs, which are tapped into the hull at M16. This allows the installation to be carried out from outside the yacht.

You will, however, need some access to pull the cabling for the vessel’s name through and route to the power supply location.

We’re acutely aware that no two yacht names are the same, and as such, we can offer custom mounting solutions to suit most projects.

Do you have a more general FAQ for illuminated yacht signs?

Can’t find all your questions answered in this section? Then check out our general FAQs page here. We’ve taken the most asked questions regarding yacht illuminated lettering and put them together in this handy section of our website.

Do you have specific FAQs for captains and yacht owners?

Yes we do. We’ve taken the top asked questions and built an illuminated yacht name FAQs for Captains and Owners. If you have additional questions, get in touch and we will help you find the right solution for you.

How about FAQs for repair and refit yards?

If you’re needing to work with a refit yard, our FAQ guide to superyacht refit and repair yards will help you. When coupled with a one-to-one meeting with our technical experts, you’ll be in an excellent position to deliver a white glove service, from anywhere across the globe. You can also get in touch and together we can help you deliver the right solution for your client.