BOAT DECORATING TIPS
Join us at the Boat and House Decorating Workshop
Date Saturday December 6, 2014 9:00 am to Noon.
PGI Civic Association
2001 Shreve Street
Punta Gorda, FL
- Topics Covered Include:
Construction of Elaborate Displays
- Successful use of Carolers, Musical
Instruments and Performers (crew)
- Effective Themed Boat Decorations
- Best Use of Color
- How to Provide Music & Sound
- Methods of Powering your Boatís Lighting
BOAT DECORATING TIPS:
This is a fun, joyful and interactive parade. Its
uniqueness is the interface between the crews aboard the
boats and the spectators lining the parade route. This
is the key to the enjoyment level of the crews and
spectators alike. Beautiful silent boats will simply not
raise the level of cheers and noisemaking from the
crowds that boats full of people, music, singing
(dancing) will draw.
Use of a familiar theme will make the crowd roar
in appreciation. Entertaining boats full of people
having fun will get the most enthusiastic ovations.
Be alert at the helm and maintain an adequate
distance between yourself and the boat ahead. Leave
the partying and drinking until you are back in the
Encourage your crew to bring sufficient warm
clothing, as it can get cold quickly on the water.
Make sure your decorations do not impede your
ability to see where youíre headed or to maneuver
the boat. Keep spotlights off the helm and out of
the captainís eyes.
be firmly attached.
Have sufficient electrical power via a generator or
inverter. This topic will be thoroughly
covered at the Decoration Seminar.
Have a sufficient number of fire extinguishers in
proper working order in case of fire
Keep the design simple, concentrating on a basic
theme. An excellent uncomplicated idea, effectively
carried out will have the most impact.
can be used, however limiting your colors to a few,
or the use of a single color is most effective.
Consider the number of crew aboard and make their
costuming an integral part of your design.
A simple and
effective method is to have all crew members dressed
in a single color,
and use accessory items like Santa hats,
illuminated hats, vests,
large ties, belts, etc. ... to match your theme.
Decorations can be as simple as just lights to
elaborate displays and they need not be expensive,
but they must be fireproof or fire-retardant.
or foam core can be used for signs, props or
backgrounds. They can be painted, glittered, or
covered with aluminum foil, Mylar or plastic sheets.
Under good floodlights these can look like a
million. Large flat areas should have holes or flaps
cut in them so they do not act as sails. Sailboats
can make use of their rigging to haul netted
displays and light strings aloft.
Consider the use of spotlights to illuminate non-lit
items like large ribbons bows and displays.
Check your boat's ballast weight when
fully decorated and with crew aboard and balance
accordingly. The use of a walkie-talkie is advisable
from deck to skipper.
Have one person in charge of the fire
extinguisher by the power plant.
Determine how large a generator you will need. Don't
underestimate the wattage, as your lights will be dim.
Special effects and animation can be as varied as your
budget, but you might consider the following:
Color Wheels For Spots
Fog and Bubble Machines
Live Musical Instruments: trumpets and bagpipes
have been very popular.
Inviting a couple of local high school students
with saxophones, snare drums, trumpets and even
a tambourine have been very effective in raising
cheers from the crowds.
Inflatable yard decorations are great as they
can be quickly inflated and deflated, provided
block the captains view.
Ideas without motors or power requirements using
A crew member pulling a rope, block and tackle,
lifting a lever, turning a crank that moves
props, a Santa or a reindeer, etc.
Carefully pick music to fit the theme and mood
of you and your crew.
Place your speakers on the OUTSIDE where your
audience will be able to hear the music. Use of
white plastic trash bags will protect
conventional speakers from water spray damage.
Decide on AC powered lights or battery powered
lights and calculate your power needs carefully.
More on this at the Boat Decorating Seminar
(Click For Seminar Information)
Buy only decorations and Christmas lights that
are rated for outdoor use.
Remember that both sides of the boat will be
Use rope lights whenever possible on your boat.
Rope lights are easier to string and won't get
caught on netting or small items.
Make things BIG, tiny decorations are difficult
sure any figures and lights are fully secured
and there is no chance they will come into
contact with seawater, or become a hazard in
Make sure the decorations do not obstruct the
you will be 50í
from your audience lining the seawalls.
Use this interaction
to your advantage.