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Entering Your Boat

Join our fleet of decked out boats!  Free Overnight Docking provided by our sponsor, Safe Harbor-Skull Creek Marina.  Set-up can begin at 11:00 am at the Safe Harbor Marina. Space is limited, so register soon!  

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For the safety of all and to ensure that captains and their crew understand and agree that participation in the Boat Parade is voluntary and at their own risk, boat owners/captains will be required to sign a Participation Agreement.

  • Overall vessel length must be 18 feet or greater and must be able to cruise at 5 knots.

  • FREE overnight dockage is available to participating captains, thanks to our presenting sponsor, Safe Harbor-Skull Creek MarinaShould you wish to dock overnight, contact Debbie Dion at or (734) 558-4971 to reserve yours today!

  • $25 boat registration fee.

  • Captains' Meeting attendance is mandatory.

Captains'  Meeting

Monday, November 14

6:30 pm

Hilton Head Senior Center

Presented by David Medvedeff, Marine Coordinator

All Captains will be required to attend this MANDATORY meeting since safety is our primary concern.  This is also an opportunity to clarify your questions, so we recommend that one crew member also attend.

At the meeting you will:

  • be assigned your boat number with instructions for displaying it,

  • receive details about the route and safety precautions,

  • learn more about judging and awards

  • receive slip assignments should you wish to dock overnight

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Boat Decorating Workshop

Thursday, November 3

6:30 pm

Hilton Head Island Senior Center

Presented by Don and Lisa Becker

This is an optional workshop to provide you with lighting ideas and decorating tips for creating a winning entry.  Don is an electrical engineer and Lisa is very experienced in decorating for parades.

Tips for Decorating Your Boat

  1. Visit other parade websites to get ideas.

  2. Work with the shape of your boat.

  3. Determine what you are going to use as your power source.

  4. Make sure you have a generator (can be rented) sufficient enough to accommodate the electrical you will need.

  5. Make sure all electrical cords are well above the water line.

  6. Decorate with lights, inflatable figures, other festive decorations.

  7. Test your lights—and then test your lights again.

  8. Add music to your display.

  9. Consider having your crew in costume.

Videos & Articles from Other Boat Parades

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Judging will be based on these AWARD CATEGORIES:


  • Best in Show

  • Most Original

  • Most Spirited Crew

  • Best Use of Lights and Music 


Knowing about the categories in advance may help your planning and design since the more categories you cover, the better chance you have of winning!


DISTINGUISHED JUDGES and PRIZES are yet to be announced.

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ABCHH Members:  Join us in making our inaugural event a huge success! 

Open volunteer positions and their descriptions will be sent via email to members.

Those who help us on parade day are invited to celebrate with us at our After-Party.

After-party details will be communicated directly to our volunteers and parade participants. 

Judging & Awards
Captain's Meeting
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