Boat parades during the holidays are a time-honored tradition and many cities located on the water host them annually. There is a lot of thought and planning boaters put into decorating their boats. If you’ve ever wondered how boaters do it, then you’ve come to the right place!
- Consider the design of your boat. A sailboat is better suited for a vertical display because of their masts while a power boat would look best with horizontal lights.
- You can’t go wrong with a display on the boat’s bow because it can be seen from all vantage points.
- LED lights produce less heat than their counterparts which reduces the risk of a fire. Lawn decor is already made for outdoor use and their size make them perfect for your boat!
- You’ll want to consider how to power the lights and any inflatable decorations. Don’t use a portable generator, though, as there is a high risk for carbon monoxide poisoning and it could even start a fire. If you’re uncomfortable powering the lights on your own, hire an electrician to do it for you.
- Creating lighted displays can be tricky since there are no walls! Chicken wire is a great option for creating the perfect array of lights! We don’t recommend nailing anything to the sides of the boat, instead, use duct tape or a damage-free adhesive hanging product which are available at most hardware stores.
- Take into account the stability and balance of your boat. You don’t want to compromise that and run the risk of any mishaps.
If you didn’t decorate your boat this year, take these tips and do it next year!
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