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Old 11-01-2019, 12:52 PM
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Default Christmas Boat Parade - What are options for powering my decorations?

My wife and I planning on being in the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Boat Parade. I am looking for options as to how I would power the display. My current plan is to rent a generator from Home Depot and strap it onto my Armstrong Bracket. I would like to find an alternative way..... if possible?

I am hoping that someone can enlighten me to a better way to accomplish this.

Here is what I have to work with: I have shore power but no built in generator, 2 batteries in transom wired in sequence with Perko switch, also a forward battery for my bow thruster.

I am currently shopping for a huge inflatable Christmas display that I can put on the hardtop. My hardtop is unusually large.... 8.5 ft x 17 ft. (See pic) I plan on making the inflatable the main attraction, but I am also looking to add a strand of lights possible to my rubrail..... not sure how on that too. I want to avoid mounting a strand of lights to my bow rail because this would be directly in my line of site, which would make it difficult to see clearly.

I am not opposed to purchasing a battery for this specific purpose, but I am guessing I would also need an inverter. I could use some schooling on going this route?

I have yet to make a purchase, so I am open to display suggestions, and best sites for purchasing the stuff I will need to accomplish my goal. Simple and easy is my goal....

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Old 11-01-2019, 01:09 PM
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I'd go with renting a Honda EU2000 generator. They're small and quiet
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Old 11-01-2019, 01:11 PM
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I would rent a Honda and strap in either on the bracket or on your bow. We did that same years ago but had the generator in the cockpit and the fumes were horrible. Friends who went the inverter route had the lights go out part way thru.
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how much power does the inflatable draw?

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I thought we weren't allowed to call it Christmas any more.

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seems to be a thread on this every year. HF inverter would be the way Id go.
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Originally Posted by Barrington View Post
My wife and I planning on being in the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Boat Parade. I am looking for options as to how I would power the display. My current plan is to rent a generator from Home Depot and strap it onto my Armstrong Bracket. I would like to find an alternative way..... if possible?

I am hoping that someone can enlighten me to a better way to accomplish this.

Here is what I have to work with: I have shore power but no built in generator, 2 batteries in transom wired in sequence with Perko switch, also a forward battery for my bow thruster.

I am currently shopping for a huge inflatable Christmas display that I can put on the hardtop. My hardtop is unusually large.... 8.5 ft x 17 ft. (See pic) I plan on making the inflatable the main attraction, but I am also looking to add a strand of lights possible to my rubrail..... not sure how on that too. I want to avoid mounting a strand of lights to my bow rail because this would be directly in my line of site, which would make it difficult to see clearly.

I am not opposed to purchasing a battery for this specific purpose, but I am guessing I would also need an inverter. I could use some schooling on going this route?

I have yet to make a purchase, so I am open to display suggestions, and best sites for purchasing the stuff I will need to accomplish my goal. Simple and easy is my goal....

Thank You






In previous years I've either used my Honda EU2000 or my inverter to power traditional lights, for the last two years I've followed what others have done and purchased Christmas lights that operate off of their own batter pack. They are very bright, 4 AA's batteries last the whole season and you can remote control them from inside the house (while on the lift or docked) to change colors etc. I had approx. 6 sets on my boat/up my riggers etc.. last year and you can control all of them with one remote. They look great super easy and no cords to deal with.

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Old 11-01-2019, 01:37 PM
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You need to figure out how much electricity (in KWh) all that stuff on your boat will consume over the time you're in the parade. That number will tell you whether you'll be able to get by with a battery+inverter, or whether you'll need a gas generator like the standard Honda.
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Originally Posted by idylmoments View Post
I would rent a Honda and strap in either on the bracket or on your bow. We did that same years ago but had the generator in the cockpit and the fumes were horrible. Friends who went the inverter route had the lights go out part way thru.
when inverter lights went out...were the engine/s running?...i ran rope lights, 200 mini lights for 5 hrs with inverter, ran engines 2 hrs out of 5...
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Originally Posted by Brass Monkey View Post
I thought we weren't allowed to call it Christmas any more.

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Some of us are.
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Originally Posted by Brass Monkey View Post
I thought we weren't allowed to call it Christmas any more.

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Whom did you ask about the words which you allowed or not allowed to use?
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Tim_fl View Post
In previous years I've either used my Honda EU2000 or my inverter to power traditional lights, for the last two years I've followed what others have done and purchased Christmas lights that operate off of their own batter pack. They are very bright, 4 AA's batteries last the whole season and you can remote control them from inside the house (while on the lift or docked) to change colors etc. I had approx. 6 sets on my boat/up my riggers etc.. last year and you can control all of them with one remote. They look great super easy and no cords to deal with.

https://www.amazon.com/buways-Operat.../dp/B075YFMHNW
I'd say these are a "No Brainer".

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A real long ass extension cord and shore power...
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Originally Posted by Tim_fl View Post
In previous years I've either used my Honda EU2000 or my inverter to power traditional lights, for the last two years I've followed what others have done and purchased Christmas lights that operate off of their own batter pack. They are very bright, 4 AA's batteries last the whole season and you can remote control them from inside the house (while on the lift or docked) to change colors etc. I had approx. 6 sets on my boat/up my riggers etc.. last year and you can control all of them with one remote. They look great super easy and no cords to deal with.

https://www.amazon.com/buways-Operat.../dp/B075YFMHNW
I like these, easy-peasy
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I would just plug a bunch of 25' extension cords together and plug in to your shore power.
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Originally Posted by Drako View Post
You need to figure out how much electricity (in KWh) all that stuff on your boat will consume over the time you're in the parade. That number will tell you whether you'll be able to get by with a battery+inverter, or whether you'll need a gas generator like the standard Honda.

I am shopping for the inflatable online now. What would the maximum KWh I can go..... to be able to take advantage of the single battery/inverter set-up? (I am sure Mystery is going to tell me to search for the answer.... but can you save me the time?)

The light strands with the battery packs..... is genius. I will definitely be getting those.

Ok you comedians about the shore power..... I mention it because I was going to ask, at some point, if I get the generator.... should I just power the inflatable or run it through my boats shore power outlet. This would give me multiple outlets and also allow me to make drinks with the blender.

However, I am not opposed to using multiple extension cords and just use my shore power box. Should I get a single 16 mile cord or would a pair of 8 miles work? I just hope my wife can carry the cord or cords to the dock.

I appreciate the humor...... I only felt slightly stupid mentioning shore power.
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I am shopping for the inflatable online now. What would the maximum KWh I can go..... to be able to take advantage of the single battery/inverter set-up? (I am sure Mystery is going to tell me to search for the answer.... but can you save me the time?)

The light strands with the battery packs..... is genius. I will definitely be getting those.

Ok you comedians about the shore power..... I mention it because I was going to ask, at some point, if I get the generator.... should I just power the inflatable or run it through my boats shore power outlet. This would give me multiple outlets and also allow me to make drinks with the blender.

However, I am not opposed to using multiple extension cords and just use my shore power box. Should I get a single 16 mile cord or would a pair of 8 miles work? I just hope my wife can carry the cord or cords to the dock.

I appreciate the humor...... I only felt slightly stupid mentioning shore power.
dont forget a couple cases of pool noodles to float your cord to keep from snagging in bottom....
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I thought that it was a requirement for Florida residents to own a portable generator?
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Just go with all led or , battery powered LEDs , Amazon
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This is THT, 20 kw diesel genset driving 1 million candlepower. JUST DON'T mound a LED bar to the hardtop, don't want to blind anyone.
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