Your ship's patch, or patches (many ships have more than one, representing various time frames), are tremendously popular with your shipmates, yet most associations don't offer them. I sell thousands of
individual caps to sailors every year for $26.97, ship associations pay between $9.97 and $14.97 for caps, and their shipmates love them. The average price per patch for ship patches is less than $2.00.
Here are some of the uses associations have found for patches:
Sell them at $5-$8 each and add to their treasuries
Use them for registration stuffers at reunions
Issue them to new members and renewing members (that's pretty classy,
and it makes for more active members when they see their association
shares their pride in their ship.