'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
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
the night before Christmas and all 'long the
Nothing was stirring, not even the wind
The stockings were hung on the pilings
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
finished star-gazing on the fly bridge up top.
When up on the deck there arose such a
We sprang from our bunks to see what
was the matter
Out of the cabin I flew in a
Ran up the aft steps and threw open
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
Deck the hull
Deck the hull
with a store-bought tree, fa 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
Rudy the rum punch
skipper, had a very shiny glow
When one gala
yacht club eve, he started singin'
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!