Raft-Off is an annual gathering of boaters that occurs on the second Saturday of August on Lake St. Clair. While the location changes slightly depending on the water depth, the expected location this year is the same as last year in Big Muscamoot Bay.
This page is for information purposes only. Raft-Off is not a formally organized event and participation is voluntary. Registration in 2018 was only for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official attempt and is not required this year. Though, enthusiasts are encouraged to engage in the safe-boating and water-preservation campaigns by following the event on Facebook and joining the mailing list (below).
Have a safe and memorable boating season!
Nearly 2,000 participants -- a record-breaking number -- registered for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official attempt at the largest boat tie-up at Raft-Off 2018. Through the effort, awareness was brought to Lake St. Clair through Raft-Off 2018's safe-boating and water-preservation campaigns. Undoubtedly, future Raft-Off attendance will unlikely rival that of this year's event. Thank you to all who participated in this once-in-a-lifetime event!
A Community United
Over 100 volunteers and 20 supporting organizations worked together to meet GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS requirements. Although record-breaking participation was achieved, gaps in the lines during the official aerial (i.e., one-minute hold) ultimately caused the title from being awarded to Lake St. Clair. Despite the unsuccessful attempt, the local boating community showed the world its ability to come together for good causes.
"I've had the honor to serve this incredible country most of my life with the U.S. Marine Corps, and I was privileged to serve the community through this event. Thank you for the opportunity!" -Mike, Raft-Off 2018 GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS coordinator and NautiBuoy Commodore
Raft-Off 2018: A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Official Attempt for the Largest Boat Tie-up
NautiBuoy℠ (event organizer) brings awareness to Lake St. Clair through safely and officially setting a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the Largest boat tie-up in Lake St. Clair’s Muscamoot Bay (Michigan), a popular tie-up spot inaccessible by land, in accordance with guidelines established by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. Raft-Off, a tie-up tradition that has been occurring since the original attempt in 2004 is on 11 August 2018 this year.
Lake Cumberland Association holds the current title on Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, achieved on August 14, 2010, with 1,651 boats. Weekend attendees at Muscamoot Bay’s tie-ups pride themselves as they claim their tie-ups are the largest, yet they have loomed under only an unofficial title after many previous attempts were unsuccessful.
Unlike previous attempts, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS will be present this time. Beyond securing that essential requirement, NautiBuoy’s approach reveals extensive planning: (1) use of technology (e.g., social media, drones, online registration, etc.); (2) promotion and education at Raft-Off Rallies (registration events); (3) staff dress rehearsal; and (4) mandatory pre-registration for accountability, which means the day of Raft-Off is dedicated to the safe and efficient formation of boats.
Show the world your official participation in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
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