Important Captain's Information
If you've never participated in a boat parade or navigated at night, ABCHH has got you covered! We offer:
Practice "dry runs" of the parade route with experienced Captain’s at NIGHT
Free Decorating and light installation workshops
Volunteers to assist with nighttime docking
Complimentary overnight dockage - Safe Harbor Skull Creek Marina
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.
On-line Registration opens October 1, 2023 and closes December 4, 2023
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 Marina. Should you wish to dock overnight, click here to email Rick Sturges or call rick at 513-600-6183 to reserve your spot today!
Captains' Meeting attendance is mandatory
Captain's Meeting - Mandatory
Monday, December 4, 2023
FREEDOM BOAT CLUB
3062 Ann Smith Drive, Building 100 - #106, Bluffton, SC 29910
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
Judging will be based on these AWARD CATEGORIES:
Best in Show
Best in Ornamentation
Best Dressed 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!
Click HERE to see the list of DISTINGUISHED JUDGES. PRIZES are yet to be announced.
The decorating and safety workshop will be held on November 1, 2023. Here are the details:
Location: Freedom Boat Club Building
Address: 3062 Ann Smith Dr.
Building 100 - #106
Bluffton, SC 29910