The resplendent motor-cruiser "The Colonel" - was judged this year's best-decorated boat

The resplendent motor-cruiser “The Colonel” – was judged this year’s best-decorated boat (Photo: Penarth Quays Marina)

The keenly-contended Penarth Quays Marina Best Dressed Boat  competition – which challenges boat owners to mount ever more elaborate Yuletide displays on their vessels  – has been won this year by “The Colonel”.

Marina manager  Stuart Jones – congratulating the winner, Jason –   noted that this skipper had managed to leave no part of his boat un-lit – with pride of place going to an illuminated reindeer on the foredeck.

The Colonel” – a well-known boat in Penarth Quays Marina was formerly owned by the popular local yachtsman Ian Samuel,  who passed away earlier this year .

However the boat’s new owner had found lights left on board by Mr Samuel after previous Christmas displays, and connected-up every single one of them – and then added some more – to light-up The Colonel for Christmas  in a poignant tribute to her former master.


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  1. Louise says:

    Thank goodness I don’t have a boat moored near this one. Almost as tasteless and tacky as some of my neighbours’ front garden lights.

    • Helen Germon says:

      Well done Jason, you have done a fantastic job it looks great a very festive feeling it just goes too show you can light up even a strangers face and make them smile.

  2. Proud Penarth Resident says:

    I look at this from my house everyday and smile at what represents the true spirit of Christmas. Ian was liked by so many people, including my family and we are delighted to see him remembered this way. Shame about Mrs Bouquets comments above – I guess the point has been rather missed. Personally I love to see mine and my neighbours lights – life is short after all and a smile hurts no one at this time of year. How lucky we are to live in such a fabulous place. Compliments of the season to all!

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