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A Very Boating Christmas

By Barb Hansen
December 2016

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.

I could go on. As a kid I knew the words to almost every Christmas poem or song. I still do. When I hear a few notes of a holiday melody at the mall or on the radio the lyrics come flooding back. It truly is my favorite time of year and a great time to share the love of boating with family and friends.

Melodies and poems we learned as children are the best. They prompt memories of the excitement we felt at Santa's after midnight visit to every house. He was, of course, loaded up with toys, most of them for us. Nowadays, it’s the boat that is loaded with friends and our sing-a-long is a sing-a-float.

Christmas is for kids, they say, but when those melodies and rhymes come flooding back I realize Christmas is for grown-ups, too. The childhood memories are great, for sure, but the best part is that as adults we can get excited about toys that really matter. Like boats and boating gear. So, since getting into the boating business in 1984 our Christmas themes have turned nautical and tropical. From the ornaments on the tree to the tradition

So, Boaters, write Santa now! How about a shiny new fishing boat with twin 300 horse outboards? Santa could arrange for one these to be under your tree for just under $200,000. This is the time of year when dealers are really dealing on their past-year models to make room for new inventory. How are Santa’s negotiating skills? What about some new electronics to update that old Mako? Santa could drop from $200 for a fishfinder to $5000 a full-blown GPSMap glass helm to wrap up in a nice red bow. Still too rich for Mrs. Claus? Try a new pair of topsiders for the Skipper and a little something nautical in gold for your First Mate. It works every time.

Then, on the night before Christmas you can change up that classic Christmas story to read something like this:

On the Dock before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all 'long the dock
Nothing was stirring, not even the wind sock.
The stockings were hung on the pilings with care
In hopes that St. Nicholas would be tying up there.
The Crew was all nestled snug in their beds
While visions of calm seas danced in their heads.
With the Captain in Topsiders and me in flip-flops
We’d just finished star-gazing on the fly bridge up top.

When up on the deck there arose such a clatter
We sprang from our bunks to see what was the matter
Out of the cabin I flew in a dash,
Ran up the aft steps and threw open the hatch.

The full moon illuminated the boats all around,
While local cruisers and creatures made not a sound.
When up on the bridge deck what dropped in
But a yacht full of toys pulled by eight blue dolphins.

Hey, I'm just getting started. Trust me. Once the rum and egg nog start flowing and the crew gathers round, those Christmas melodies will adapt quickly to your nautical theme. Here’s another jingle to help everyone get into the Holiday spirit- Florida style.

Deck the hull

Deck the hull with a store-bought tree, fa la la la la la la la la.
'Tis the season to cruise with glee, fa la la la la la la la la.
Don we now our boating apparels, fa la la la la la la la la.
To explore those peaceful Florida channels, fa la la la la la la la la.

Now with apologies to Rudolph, this last little tune will light up any Holiday party afloat. Keep in mind, it’s more about the fun than the musical perfection. The ocean’s the limit. So light up the boat and set sail.

Rudy the rum-punch skipper

Rudy the rum punch skipper, had a very shiny glow
When one gala yacht club eve, he started singin'
With funny antlers blinking on his head
Then all the other reindeer called him Blitzen.

Oops. I need your help on that last one. Oh well. For now, I'll take off my lighted earrings to say, quite seriously, I wish you a very boating Christmas. Be safe and have fun on the water. HO, HO, HO!


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