Usually the "BIG" boat lighting Contest is the Port of Siuslaw event close to Christmas, this C of C/city-event is new, and being 30 days apart is a severe problem for any decorating --given our severe winds and the gales of November that move through with the heavy rain. So...fea is located in the open, where we get hammered worse than anyone in port, so, we will put up our November decorations for the city contest on the 25th, and take them down, then re install for the December Harbor contest.
Warmer, less hostile weather places (San Diego, Virgins, Florida) have boat light harbor "cruises" at Christmas-time, here, we have log booms (as barricades) spread across the slips/docks to keep the trees and logs that move down river out ! so it is only an at-the-dock display.
After working diligently outdoors in 40 degree weather (with one nice 65 degree day), and hanging over 4,000 lights, we finally got everything assembled 1/2 hour before the beginning of the 4-7 PM contest schedule (dark came at 5:15 Today).
Including us, there were 6 boats decorated, We never lit ours up in it's entirety (only by segments), and did a complete test . . . only at 0530 the night of the event, to disallow any sort of preview (for competitive reasons), at the very last minute we mounted our 4 x 6 foot illuminated sign, and dropped overboard all of the digital swinging icicles and the under water lights. who knew ?
The coast guard cutter was lighted up, arrived and parked, and the crowd was pretty large since there was no rain. Our cell phone pictures came out terrible... so, I will repost when the newspaper releases their article later in the week, and gives me a copy of their" .jpg but, take a look.