The expert skills and artistry of Brian Rutana a master boat letterer was asked to provide the exquisite lettering for the Ida May. He has also worked on other famous vessels including the Santana, a 1935, 55 foot sailboat once owned by Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
The Ida May's transom lettering was made with 23 carat gold leaf which was delicately and meticulously laid down on November 11, 2005 by Mr. Rutana. Mr. Rutana also carved and painted the running lights for the Ida May in 1993.
The Santana, a beautiful classic wooden sailboat.
Measuring the position of the letters after a template is carefully made.
Rutana carefully applies 23 carat Italian gold leaf and then paints.
The finished product.
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