DIY Fisherman's Net Coastal Christmas Tree For The Holidays
By: Party Swizzle
Combine the spirits of the season and seas for a fisherman’s net coastal Christmas tree for the holidays. All you need are a few push pins, a tape measure and a fishing net to have a ready-to-decorate, super-easy, no-mess symbol of Jesus and his great catch miracle.
- 5’ x 10’ heavy gauge fishnet
- Tape measure
- Indoor: Push pins or thumbtacks
- Outdoor: Small nails with large heads & hammer
- Paper clips
- String lights
- Starfish for the top
- Optional: Plastic crabs & seashells
Where to put it:
Hang your fisherman’s net coastal Christmas tree on an indoor wall or outdoor fence. The net, ornaments and lights are relatively lightweight and require very little support.
We made a beachy background by covering an indoor wall with a roll of Fadeless Design Weather Wood paper from Blick Art Supplies.
Step 1 - Pin the points:
Measure and pin the points to hang your net Christmas tree first. We used PartySwizzle.com’s Heavy Gauge Fish Net, but you can cut any net to 5-feet x 10-feet to use with these measurements.
-- Point K: 28” from the center to the right, 18” from the ground.
Step 2 - Plan the lights:
- Top: Lobster & Crab Buoys (end-to-end connectors)
- Middle: Realistic Seashells (no end-to-end connectors)
- Bottom: Glitter Teal Seahorses (no end-to-end connectors)
Then, we were able to run the lobster buoy string lights from the extension cord plug around the top edge outline of the tree. From that point, we could plug the seashell lights into the lobster buoy lights’ end-to-end connector, and run them through the mid-section of the tree to the bottom.
Step 3 - Hang the net:
- Point A: Find the center of one of the short sides (5-foot), and hang on the top center tack, Point A.
- Point B: Fold the top left corner down the remaining length of the short-end edge, toward the center. Hold the left corner in the center and stretch the net left to find the point where the long edge folds over to create a triangle, then hang this point on the left top tree bough tack, Point B.
- Point C: You can adjust this point to add/remove swag in the top outline of your tree. Repeat on the right to match the left side, Point C.
- Point D-E: Measure 14” along the net’s edge from the left top tree bough tack, Point B, and hang this point on the left tack of the upper mid-section, Point D. Repeat for the right side, Point E.
- Point F-G: Run the net’s edge from the left tack of the upper mid-section, Point D, to the left middle tree bough tack, Point F. Repeat for the right side, Point G.
- Point H-I: Measure 14” along the net’s edge from the left middle tree bough tack, Point F, and hang this point on the left tack of the lower mid-section, Point H. Repeat for the right side, Point I.
- Point: J-K: Run the net’s edge from the left tack of the lower mid-section, Point H, to the left lower tree bough tack, Point J. Repeat for the right side, Point K.
- Point L: Make any adjustments to ensure that the remaining length of net is equal on both sides. Find the center point of the remaining short side (5-foot) and pin to the center of the tree, Point L, approximately 48” from the ground.
Naturally, top your fishing net coastal Christmas tree with a starfish. We used a 6-8” white Knobby Starfish, but a Finger Starfish would also work well, and added a couple of extra push pins to support our Christmas Sea Star.
Step 5 - Accessorize:
2019 Keep Your Pontoon Boat Protected This Winter
Your Pontoon Boat is an important investment so make sure it weathers the winter season well and is ready for those family rides come spring. Many of us have experienced that sinking feeling when we realize we haven’t properly stored the boat and now it is in need of repair. So, do a little preventative maintenance to keep your pontoon boat “ship-shape”.
First lower your Bimini top, zip the Bimini boot on and slide the top back. This allows the boat cover to fit properly.
Clean the interior well, being careful to remove drinks and food that will stain the carpet and upholstery and attract pests.
Remove any damp items that will produce mildew. And store dry life vests under seats.
Find a pontoon boat cover that fits your boat well. A fitted cover will keep mice and other animals from living in your boat and will keep liquid from pooling. To avoid mold and mildew your pontoon cover fabric should be breathable, not waterproof. If the fabric is waterproof condensation will gather under the cover causing mildew and rust. Choose the weight of fabric that best suits your needs, whether indoor or outdoor storage.
Lastly, store boat up and out of the water, to prevent rust to the pontoon tubes and ice from forming around the boat.
Go beyond the basics, check out our step by step guide to winterizing your Pontoon boat.
Now let winter begin!!
2019 Harborside Thanksgiving Events by Boat
Whether you're cruising the ICW or the Baja-Haha, finding a host for the holiday is fun when you're part of the boating community. For those looking to break bread with new boating friends, here are some marinas, yacht clubs, and harbor town locales ready to welcome you to their tables. Check out our list of the top harborside events going on this Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Dockwa!
Northeast Thanksgiving Events
November 22-24: America's Hometown Thanksgiving Festival in Plymouth. On Friday, enjoy tours of the historic waterfront and a free concert. On Saturday enjoy a Thanksgiving Parade, a concert, and other educational activities!
November 26: The Cove Restaurant & Marina Thanksgiving Centerpiece Event. Other than food, one of the best things about Thanksgiving is the amazing table settings. Create your very own Thanksgiving Centerpiece and learn the art of floral arranging while enjoying the amazing views of the Mount Hope Bay!
November 28: The Plimouth Plantation. This is the site of the first Thanksgiving where the Pilgrims first landed and settled back in 1620. Check out the Pilgrim Monument and go on board a reproduction of the Mayflower ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World. Fresh ingredients, festive surroundings, and a sense of history that can be found at their annual Thanksgiving and 17th century themed dinner.
November 28: Homestyle Thanksgiving Buffet at the Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth. Every autumn, the Plimouth Plantation offers Thanksgiving dining programs with fresh ingredients, festive surroundings and a sense of history.
November 28: The 23rd Annual Gobble Gobble Gobble 5K in Somerville.
November 28: Enjoy an amazing Thanksgiving dinner at Boston's Top of the Hub Restaurant in the Prudential Center. The panoramic Boston views from the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center provides a sensational backdrop for a great Thanksgiving!
November 29: Head over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston for some Black Friday shopping! This is one of the biggest post-Thanksgiving events in Boston so be sure to get there early. Also, if you're in the holiday spirit, be sure to check out the beautiful display of Christmas Lights around the Marketplace.
December 5: Boston Common Tree Lighting from 6-9 PM. The mayor and Santa will be at this event. The lighting ends with fireworks!
For those boaters planning a cruise to Newport, Rhode Island, for Thanksgiving, you're in luck! Thanksgiving is a great time to visit Newport, especially with all the events that take place:
November 23 - January 1: If you're a forward thinker, be sure to check out the Newport Mansions for the beginning celebration of Christmas at the Newport Mansions! The mansions spectacular decorations highlight the celebration of the holidays in Newport.
November 28: For a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, look no further than The White Horse Tavern or The Clarke Cooke House, both in Downtown Newport. If you're looking for more of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but with a twist check out Cara at The Chandler located overlooking First Beach in Newport. At Cara, enjoy Executive Chef Matt Voskuil's special take on Thanksgiving Dinner.
November 28: If you're looking for a Thanksgiving dinner more from the water, be sure to check out The Mooring, which serves a traditional feast combination from land and sea featuring both Turkey and Lobster dishes.
November 28: Create a new Thanksgiving tradition and enjoy a beautiful meal by Chef Simone at Hotel Viking. There will be thanksgiving Classics, a Carving Station, Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar all included in a Thanksgiving Grand Buffet. Hotel Viking is also offering a TTG (Thanksgiving To Go) option where you can order a whole Thanksgiving meal to feed 8 - 10 people and pick it up hot and ready on November 28nd.
November 28: To top off all the restaurant options, Gurney's Resort Marina is hosting a special Thanksgiving feast at their restaurant, Scarpetta from 1 - 7 PM.
November 29: Stick around after Thanksgiving Day to watch Newport's Illuminated Boat Parade at the Bowen's Wharf Block Party! There will be boats decorated with festive holiday decor and lights. The boats motor through the harbor and compete for the best decorated in various categories. Shops and restaurants will be open and boats will sail by starting around 6:15 PM.
November 23 - January 1: Christmas at Blithewold. Celebrate the holiday season and enjoy the elaborate holiday decorations around every corner of the Blitheworld Mansion in Bristol.
November 28: Gurney's is offering their annual Thanksgiving feast from 12 PM - 7 PM! You can indulge in a traditional turkey dinner as well as selections of cheese, charcuterie, and fresh seafood options that will please all members of your crew.
November 30: Lighting of the Lighthouse on Goat Island. Celebrate with Gurneys as they light their historic lighthouse, complete with carolers, spiked cider, live music at the resort's Regent Cocktail Club and undisturbed views of the famed Newport Bridge.
November 29: The Holiday Lantern Tour is another great event taking place after Thanksgiving for the holiday season. Hear about the history of early American holiday traditions on an evening walk around downtown and learn how the colonial Newporters recognized the holidays.
- December 6: The 2019 Newport Holiday Stroll. Join in for the 4th Annual Holiday Stroll around Newport.
November 29: Ready for some Thanksgiving sailing? Fayerweather & Black Rock Yacht Club in Bridgeport is hosting the Wild Turkey Regatta! Be sure to check their website for more information regarding the race details.
November 23-24: The 25th Annual Patchogue Christmas Holiday Boat Parade. Watch as decorated boats float down the river on Long Island. This years theme will be "A Pirate Christmas!"
November 27: Mary's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation. Watch the giant balloons slowly fill with helium. This year, the new entrance to the giant balloon inflation area will be at West 79th Street and Columbus Avenue.
November 28: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch giant balloons, floats, marching bands clowns and performers as the parade goes down Central Park West and West 77th Street at 9AM.
December 4: The 87th Annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting 2019. The annual tree lighting ceremony is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Rockefeller Center Tree will be up from December 4 until early 2020.
If you're within a reach of Port Jefferson head to the WAVE Restaurant at Danfords Hotel Marina for two great Thanksgiving events:
November 27: It’s All About That Baste Thanksgiving Eve party & cocktail event. Celebrate all that you are thankful for!
November 28: Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet - a traditional feast complete with classic dishes and all the trimmings.
November 28: Congress Hall, America's oldest seaside resort, hosts a special Thanksgiving buffet as well as a sit-down meal at Blue Pig Tavern in Cape May.
November 29 - December 31: Winter Wonderland Weekend. Begin by having breakfast with Santa at Congress Hall Seaside Resort. Guest can have breakfast with Santa and take in carolers over a cup of hot cocoa during the Winter Wonderland concert series.
Chesapeake Bay Thanksgiving Events
November 3: Virginia Thanksgiving Festival at the Berkeley Plantation. Join in and celebrate the first English Speaking Thanksgiving in the New World. Celebrate the day that is dedicated to history, food, and fun with the tours of the 1726 manor house, a living history program, tribal dancers, arts, craft vendors, music, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, a reenactment and so much more.
Avalon Pontoon Makes National Debut At Roar Offshore
Organizers for the upcoming Roar Offshore Powerboat Races have announced Avalon Pontoons as a sponsor debuting their new twin Mercury Racing 450R triple tube pontoon as a pace boat for several of the races. They will also be participating in an exhibition race for spectators and providing demo rides in the wet pits area.
Avalon Pontoons, is the third largest pontoon manufacturer in the world led by CEO Jim Wolf, with 250 dealers across the United States & Canada. Avalon has been making the highest quality luxury pontoon boat since 1972. They have teamed up with WMF Watercraft & Marine to unveil their first ever 27-foot Avalon Excalibur Elite Windshield triple tube pontoon with Twin Mercury 450R engines during Roar Offshore. This custom built vessel is loaded with every option Avalon has to offer.
“Having a major boat manufacturer like Avalon make their national debut at Roar Offshore speaks volumes for our race site and the Fort Myers area,” said Roar Offshore President Tim Hill. Bill Forenski, owner of WMF Watercraft in Millsboro Del., has been pushing the boundaries of pontoon horsepower for a little under a decade. His partnership with the engineers at Avalon & Tahoe Luxury Pontoons in Alma, Mich., and Mercury Racing has resulted in production of one of the fastest, smoothest riding twin engine and single engine Mercury Racing powered triple tube pontoons in the industry.
Pontoon enthusiasts nationwide seek Bill out for his input and expertise in this field. Avlon is now setting the bar a little higher with the release of its new 2785 Excalibur Elite Windshield powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R's, that is sure to be the most powerful pontoon ever produced by Avalon & Tahoe. For more information on Roar Offshore visit: roaroffshore.com For more information on Avalon Pontoons visit: avalonpontoons.com