Boat Parade Lights Up The ‘Bahia’
By JOHN M. DERBY
December 21, 2017
It is a tradition on Christmas Eve, in our beach community,
to get all the boaters together and have them put lights
on their boats, then sail along the shore of Bahia Conception,
playing music as we go.
The tradition has had some problems in the past.
last time we decorated our boat was two years ago, and the
inverter, which we plugged our lights into, drained our
it was time to start the engine it wouldn’t start.
No problem, we just sat out in the bay and cheered the other
of the boats was designated the “Music Boat,”
and it had a full set of amplifiers and boom box which were
set up in a separate boat to be towed behind one of the
they started the power boat, the motor sprayed water completely
over the amplifiers and the boom box, and needless to say,
there was no music that night.
Christmas Eves have had their own problems. One such Christmas
eve, the largest sailboat anchored in the bay was lit up
like a Christmas tree with lights going to the top of the
mast. It was loaded with partiers when it went aground about
a mile and a half south of our beach community.
was no fun for the crew who had to jump overboard in that
cool dark water and push the boat off the sand bottom.
to say, it took a lot of rum to keep that crew warm on the
ride back home.
had other stories of boats getting lost in the dark, running
out of gas, and the usual things that boaters always contend
year, we are thinking about decorating our boat to be in
the parade. There will be no hooking up the battery the
day before. We also won’t be taking our sailboat,
so the chance of getting the keel stuck in the sand will
be out of the question.
we are looking for is good weather.
best Christmas Boat Lighting Parade ever was one night when
everything was pitch dark. As the bows of the boats broke
the water, the phosphoresence from the algae in the water
came to light.
was a gorgeous night and a Christmas Eve we will long remember.