Information for New Skippers

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help when decorating your boat.  We have skippers with years of experience that are always willing to give advice.
  • Have a helpful crew member onboard each night
  • All boats must be capable of at least 6 knots
  • Displays don’t need to be complex, simple works
  • Meet minimum Coast Guard requirements for your sized boat (Nav lights, PFDs, fire extinguishers, horn, bilge pump) – Safety #1 priority
  • Insurance and Boater Safety Card required (unless exempt)
  • Portable generator for lights/inverter/genset
  • Radar & chartplotter not necessary, but are helpful
  • VHF Radio to communicate with River Leaders
  • Always remember that you are performing for the community and your guests – Have fun!

 See the New Skipper PowerPoint presentation below for more detailed information on what to expect!

Download the New Skipper Presentation shown above

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 See the video below for a demonstration of how the skipper of one of the brighest ships in the fleet makes his displays! 


Skipper information sheet (useful to have on-board): SkipperInformation.pdf


Blank Guest Lists to plan out your crew / friends:

Columbia Guest / Crew Form -or- Willamette Guest / Crew Form

Weather Alerts

Tonight is a night off.  We'll be back parading on both the Columbia and Willamette rivers on Wednesday Dec 13th.

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We will be having two Meet & Greet events this year at the public dock by Riverplace Marina. 

Saturday Dec 16th from 8-10pm
Sunday Dec 17th from 2-4:30pm

The ramp down to the public dock is directly in front of Riverplace Hotel.  Our boats will be tied up at the dock.  Come say hello and see what the boats look like up close.  If you've ever considered joining us, this is a great opportunity to find out more information.

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