AHOY CAPTAINS

YOU ARE THE STAR OF THE SHOW!

Get  your lights and music and lets PARADE around the islands!  Click  REGISTER to download the Entry Form, Guidelines and Waiver.  These  documents must be signed and returned  to the Parade Committee in order  to get your boat number at the Captains meeting.

Motor and Sail vessels are welcome to join for a $30 entry fee. Boats must be over 15ft in LENGTH, have a Maximum draft of 5ft and Maximum Mast Height of  25ft.

All captains must attend the mandatory Captains meeting on Wednesday,  Dec 4th at Stillwater Park.  We will discuss boating safety, navigation  and you will receive your vessel number at the meeting.  Responsible boaters from all neighborhoods are welcome to join the festivities.

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decorating tips

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from one captain to another....

1. Know your boats capacity.  Check out these articles to make a great display that doesn't overload your battery or generator:


2. LED lights use the least power while Battery Powered lights don't draw from your battery at all!

3. Test your lights BEFORE putting them on the boat.

4. Design both sides of the boat with the same theme or pattern.

5.  To make a large scale figure: Cut a shape out of cardboard (or use  recycled political signs!) and cover it with wrapping paper.  Then  poke  holes though cardboard and string lights through to make a design  (candy canes or shark fins) that light up in the night.  Secure the  cardboard to the boat.

6.  Use tie wraps or twist ties to attach lights and figures to the boat.  Tape gets messy and will be hard to remove the next day after the sun  bakes it.

7. Keep extension cords and light strings away from the foot traffic. 

8. NEVER put an inverter inside the engine compartment- this is a fire hazard.

9.  Decorate with friends!  And don't wait until the last minute, art takes  time and patience!  We like to decorate the night before so we have  time to make adjustments or buy additional items the day of the parade.

10. These are a few of our ideas, most of which we've learned the hard way!

The most important thing is to be Safe and Have Fun!  OH, and don't forget the music and your costumes!  It IS a Parade after all!