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Old 11-27-2016, 06:10 AM   #1
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Has anyone done a boat parade?

Probably not one of my brighter questions but here goes. I am doing the Palm Coast boat parade on Dec. 17th. I have purchased LED lights. There will be a lot of them. Will I be running with my generator on or can the battery bank handle something like this for a couple of hours? All outlets will be on and a couple of lights.
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Old 11-27-2016, 06:31 AM   #2
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Go generator. Don't wait until the night of the parade to test everything on all at once! Most of the parade your main engine will be at idle and not charging much.
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Generator. Ours is next Saturday. First time as well. There is a thread on here on how to decorate from a month or so ago.

I will have everything done by Wed and do a 15 minute generator test.
Also, do not use your outside power outlets for everything as they are all probably on one breaker.

Plan to also run from a salon outlet and pilothouse outlets through an open window or door - at least two other breaker circuits. That way you will spread the load and not risk tripping a breaker.
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A fifteen foot long string of LED Christmas lights draws just a couple of hundredths of an amp at 110 V AC. I just measured it. Any decent inverter and even a cigarette lighter plug in one can power twenty strings of these lights.

Even at near idle which I agree will be the case, your alternator will charge some and keep the batteries up.

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Has anyone done a boat parade?

Here are a few tips:
Run your generator
Test everything BEFORE parade
Use colored lights in front of the steer station. (White lights take away your night vision)
Verify a life jacket for all on board
Demonstrate how to use the head to all on board so no one is trying to wait for the dock.
NO DRINKS FOR THE CAPTAIN
(Even if you can handle your liquor if there is an accident and your breath smells you will be charged)
Do not over load your boat with guests.
Have a fun safe event.
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A fifteen foot long string of LED Christmas lights draws just a couple of hundredths of an amp at 110 V AC. I just measured it. Any decent inverter and even a cigarette lighter plug in one can power twenty strings of these lights.

Even at near idle which I agree will be the case, your alternator will charge some and keep the batteries up.

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Strings of lights?

You may never have been to one or been in one - strings of lights are for the wussies! Nowadays it is animation, spotlights, ferris wheels, the fans on yard sized blow up figures, etc. etc. etc.

Will take a pic of mine tonight and share though I have more to put on over the next couple of days.
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:56 AM   #7
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I have 200ft. of lights. I did buy white because the theme is "white Christmas". Jeez, maybe I'll rethink the white for the front. I am a formal person and have won county wide contests at my home.

I'm not really into blow ups, so I would love to see pics of all your decorated boats. There are no winners in this parade, so it is just for fun. These LED lights are expensive!

The boat is new for me and will have a certified captain on board. The plan was for running lights into interior outlets as well. The generator worked fine on sea trial, however, I have not run it myself yet while underway. In fact, she has been in the marina since purchase except for a short trip to fuel and pump out.

I have a lot to learn and all of you are very helpful! There will be 15 on board and I have PFD's for 25. The boat is completely legal plus I don't drink!

I'm excited and nervous at the same time!! Off to the Christmas store I go!
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Reserve time to have the captain take the boat out to get the feel of her. Run the systems while underway. Have fun!!
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Took a different tact last night in Middle River. Grandchildren loved the lights. Parade passed immediately behind my slip. Decided to stay put, run the heat, and watch the parade.

LED lights take little to no power. Inflatables don't take much either. I tested my 55 amp stock alternator with my inverter and was able to run as much lighting as I needed.

After last night, I will not be using inflatables next year. You cannot see them against other LED lights unless you have a light pointed on them.

Stands of red on flybridge didn't hurt night vision. Also did not have them attached in front of the windscreen.
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One more note - no obstructions on walkways, ladders, or rail openings that need to be used. No cords on decks that are not securely fastened. Have plenty of wire ties.

Hope this helps.
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I thought about the Fort Lauderdale Christmas parade but their requirements scared me off you have to qualify and seemed you had to have experience before they let you in and need a sponsor! Good luck
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Have plenty of wire ties.

And heavy duty twine. Do NOT use tape!! You'll spend most of next year finding and removing the glue residue. (Don't ask me how I know this.)
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Be sure to have someone on board who can handle your boat in case of an emergency. The dark of night is not the time for on-the-job training.
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make sure the outlets you use have GFCI protection since you will be powering light strings in places people may touch. Dont let people walk around on deck in the dark especially if they have been drinking.

Boat parades are fun but people need to be extra safety conscious.
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Old 11-27-2016, 12:20 PM   #15
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Not knowing the ages or sizes, 15 people is a lot of people for a boat that size. Be sure they all know the rules of the boat, how many and where they can be, follow all Captains orders, do not try to assist at the dock, how to use the head. and for all kids, pfd's worn and adult watching at all times. Definitely limit the number of people on the bridge. Are there enough seats for everyone to sit if needed?
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Indeed fifteen people is a lot on a 36' Boat. If all of them go to one side to look at something and they weigh an average of 150# you have 2250# of movable ballast trying to make the boat tip over.

What will be the effect of all that weight on waterline position of exhaust and thru hulls.

I suggest that if you must have that many people have them move to one side while tied to the dock to see what happens.
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Probably not one of my brighter questions but here goes. I am doing the Palm Coast boat parade on Dec. 17th. I have purchased LED lights. There will be a lot of them. Will I be running with my generator on or can the battery bank handle something like this for a couple of hours? All outlets will be on and a couple of lights.
I would plan on generator at least for back up. I tested on the inverter all was fine, but two hours at extremely slow idle speed noted the draw was adding up. Mostly LED many do not show in photos.

15 people is a big crowd in your home, toilet classes lots of zip ties, not much moon light this year, have Great look outs, some other boaters may not be operating safely.
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Old 11-27-2016, 01:49 PM   #18
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LOVE the pics and all the tips!! The Marine Traders are measured at water line for that year. Plenty of seating, no kids, thin people! It has 2 heads also. You would be shocked at how much room there really is. Manual states 20 people while underway. My count just went to 13.
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LOVE the pics and all the tips!! The Marine Traders are measured at water line for that year. Plenty of seating, no kids, thin people! It has 2 heads also. You would be shocked at how much room there really is. Manual states 20 people while underway. My count just went to 13.
Sounds like you're ok, just watch the number on the bridge and give lessons on the boat. I'm serious, for those who have never used a marine toilet or don't understand good boating behavior. Then you'll have a great time.
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Sounds like you're ok, just watch the number on the bridge and give lessons on the boat. I'm serious, for those who have never used a marine toilet or don't understand good boating behavior. Then you'll have a great time.
Absolutely! Number on the bridge cannot exceed 5. There will only be 3. The captain and 2 spotters. I'll be in the galley, along with one of my daughters. A bartender in the salon along with food. My other daughter and her boyfriend is law enforcement. LOL! Really they are! Flagler County Sheriffs Deputy!
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