Yes. slips are available to accomodate any size boat. If you have any special needs just let us know ahead of time.
Frequently Asked Questions...
Do we have to decorate our boat and participate in the lighted boat parade?
No, this is strictly voluntary but it sure is a lot of fun.
Passing through the locks at Matagorda.
How do we become a sponsor?
We do not have sponsors for this event...only supporters! If the only reason you help the children is to get your company name in the spotlight then this may not be the event for you. We know that most large companies require that any money given must have a certain amount of advertising and you are welcome to fly their banners, put up a sign or pass out flyers but we do not have official sponsors or recognition for such. It is all about the kids.
Can we leave from different ports and meet at POC??
Absolutely! We have boats joining us from ports along the way and others coming from ports south of POC such as Rockport and Port Aransas. Just try to be at the little jetties in POC around 3:00 PM for the assembly and offload of toys.
How far is the run and are there fuel stops along the way?
The total distance one-way is 72 miles with most of it in the protected waters of the ICW. A short 12 miles is across Matagorda Bay but in the event of bad weather we simply have smaller boats tuck in behind or to the side of the large boats for safety and comfort. Fuel is available along the way at Sargent and Matagorda Harbor.
How about lodging and slips in POC?
The official host hotel in POC is The Inn At Clark's where each room has it's own boat slip. There are many other choices for lodging and the complete list is available at www.portoconnor.com. Transportation may be provided for those who stay in hotels not on or near he water. Plenty of slips for any size boat are available. There are no slip fees at Clark's during this event.
What about a captain's list and the auction I have heard of?
We keep a current list of all captain's, their boat name and the number of passengers they will be bringing. This list of boats attending in 2017 is available here on the Captain's Page. We no longer host an online auction but we do have a great raffle with lots of prizes. Keep an eye on our FaceBook page for details.