Ok, so the Arizona temperatures are back in
double digits and we are thinking of our Holiday Boat Parade..... never too early
to start planning for the famous Gilbert Islands Holiday Boat Parade, held on
our 3 lakes, in The Islands of Gilbert, AZ. What a better way to think cool,
and to appreciate one of the special reasons for living in "The Islands".
Terry and Lynn Franks are the co-ordinators for
The Islands Holiday Boat Parades this year, working with the Lake 1 &
Lake 2 Captains listed below.
For the best ways to prepare your boat for the parade, and common sense
ideas on how to best enjoy the parade, here is the reprint of Steve
Gifford's article on getting your boat ready for The Island's parade.
2013 Holiday Boat
December 14 from 3:30pm-6pm
Oh what fun! Come and join us for a snow day!
Santa Claus is coming! Your family is invited. For festivities and good
cheer, come enjoy the magic right here!
Sweets and treats, hot cocoa and maybe even a little mistletoe! Just set
your sights on the holiday lights, and follow the reindeer to the one and
only site! Join us at the Community Park for snow, decorate your own cookie
craft, hot cocoa, train rides, visits with Santa and the Holiday Lights Boat
Parents: Please be sure to remember your camera
to capture special moments! Dress your children warmly, and please bring
cash for the hot cocoa, cookies, and train rides. You may also want to bring
a blanket to sit on if you’re watching the boat parade.
Holiday Lights Boat
Parade will begin at 6pm. This year, all three lakes will participate in
this Islands tradition on the same night!
You may watch the parade from any of the grass inlets throughout the
community. For Lake 3, you may want to consider using the Community Park.
For residents who wish to participate in the boat
LAKE 1 (North,
The Annual Lake One Christmas Boat Parade will begin at 6pm.
Assemble at the Fountain at 5:45pm
Come and meet Santa up at the fountain 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Questions please contact:
LAKE 2 (Middle)
The Lake 2 Holiday/Christmas Boat Parade will begin at 7:00pm.
Assemble for the parade in the Warner Rd. Lagoon at 6:50pm
Questions please contact:
LAKE 3 (South, Community Park)
The Lake 3 Parade will begin at 6:00pm. Boats
assemble at 5:45pm in the center of the lake facing Warner with the park to
Questions please contact:
Lynne & Terry
By careful planning, your boat can look good and complete
the entire parade. The first step is making sure that your batteries are
fully charged and in good condition. A few months before the parade
check the acid level in the batteries. If the acid level is low, then
fill each cell of the battery with distilled water until within 0.5 inch
of the top. Also, wipe off batteries and keep them clean. Maintain a
full charge of the batteries until the parade.
The second step is to install lights on your boat. Typically, a boat
will require 400-1000 small lights (120 VAC) to look good. Each light
requires 0.5 Watt of power, and a typical boat will required 200-500
Watts. At the dock, the lights can be plugged into a 120 VAC receptacle,
but during the parade an alternate 120 VAC power source is required. A
popular method for heavily decorated boats is the use of a 120 VAC
generator rated at 1KW that runs off regular gasoline, which can be
rented or purchased. One drawback is the loud noise created from the
internal combustion engine. The inexpensive generators tend to be loud.
A recommended generator is the Honda 1000 which is quieter than most,
and costs approximately $600.
Another method is to
use a power inverter that converts battery power (12VDC) to 120 VAC. The
rating on the power inverter should be 300-700 Watts for suitable
illumination, and should produce the modified sine-wave output or
better. Note, manufacturers tend to over-rate the capacity, i.e. a 400
watt inverter is good for 300 watts continuous. The power inverter
requires substantial battery power. For example, to illuminate 400 Watts
of lights the battery current draw is approximately 40 amps. This
current draw can deplete a fully charged battery in less than 1 or 2
hours. Thus, you may want to power the lights with an auxiliary battery
that is independent of the normal boat batteries.
Consider using as much of the new
LED lighting systems as possible. These are more spectacular on the
water, resistant to vibrations and a 500W inverter should be able to
power a boatload of LED lights, with a minimum drain on the batteries.
Once you have the batteries and lights all setup, it's time to test the
system with a wet run. Take the boat out a couple of weekends before the
parade. Run the power as you plan to do during the parade for
approximately 15 minutes. Make sure you don't deplete the batteries too
much for this test. If you do, recharging the batteries make take a
couple of weeks. Check to make sure that the boat is operating properly
and check the wiring of the boat and the lighting power system for
overheating by touching the wiring at critical locations quickly. Check
connectors, terminal lugs, splices, fuses, switches for heating
problems. If you have a problem with overheated terminals, you may want
to re-terminate and solder to get a secure connection. When you get back
to the dock make sure you plug in the battery charger. Careful planning
and testing will ensure that you and your boat guests have the maximum
amount of fun during the holiday parade.
Start your Jingle-Bells!