Among the great things about boating is the way it taps into your sense of adventure, from hunting fish to riding a wakeboard and traveling to new ports. One of the most exciting adventures you can have, thanks to your boat, is beachside camping. You get to boat to your campsite – often remote and inaccessible to the general public. You wade ashore, camp under the stars and listen to the sound of water lapping against the coastline as you sleep outside in the refreshing night air.
Crownline boats offer many features that can make your overnighting even more pleasurable. Depending on the boat you choose, you can enjoy forward boarding ladders, wetbars, enclosed head compartments and more in many SS series and Eclipse series models. Or, if you prefer a more “home away from home” experience, Crownline’s cuddies and cruisers provide a long list of standard features that offer the maximum in cabin comfort and convenience.
Boat camping is wonderfully enjoyable, but it does present unique challenges that can be different from a regular boating or camping experience.
Here are a few tips to make your boat camping experience a smooth one this summer.
- Plan how you’ll pack ahead of time. Crownline boats are designed to provide maximum storage, and you will want to take advantage of every inch. Have a plan for packing your gear, taking into consideration what gear can’t get wet and making sure everything is easy to find.
- Think about what you’ll use for shelter. Will you sleep on your boat, or will you pitch a tent on a beach? If you’re using a tent, consider a small backpacking one that doesn’t take up much storage space on your boat.
- Between setting up your camp and taking time to enjoy yourself, you won’t want to spend much time making meals. Preparing meals ahead of time, including food that can be easily reheated, will make life easier.
- You’ll be spending all your time outside, so you need to be prepared for the elements. Bring plenty of sunscreen and appropriate clothes for protection from the rain, wind and cold.
- The early bird gets the worm. It also avoids the common afternoon thunderstorm in the summer. It’s a good idea to be at your campsite and set up early in the day before there’s the potential for a late afternoon thunderstorm.
- When camping, you need to rely on yourself when things go wrong. Have appropriate safety gear with you, such as flashlights, warm clothes, a change of clothes, a fire starter and a first-aid kit.
- It’s so easy to forget something when you’re packing. And, out on the water or on an island beach, there’s no store to run to. Don’t rush your packing. Leave plenty of time to do a thorough job and then check your list not once, not twice, but several times.
- Make sure to bring plenty of fresh water with you. Pack as much water as you think you will use, and then pack more. Fill up those on-board coolers with plenty of ice and bottled water!
- Believe it or not, one of the biggest considerations you might face when boat camping is how you’ll handle pooping. Does your boat have a head, or are there facilities where you’re camping? If not, what are the regulations there? You may need to dig a hole. You may need to bring multiple plastic bags to use and then remove from the campsite when you leave.
- Leave no trace. Make sure to leave the camping area how you found it. Set up your tent on a durable surface, minimize the impact of your campfire and take all trash with you when you leave.