My preparations were meticulous;
I packed extra provisions of gas, water, and food to sustain me during my boat camping excursions.
Setting up camp is a breeze with my two-person all-weather tent placed on the bow of the boat. To ensure a good night's sleep, I indulge in an inflatable camping mattress paired with a snug summit cold weather sleeping bag. Safety is my top priority, so I carry headlamps, extra lights, flares, boaters safety kit, life jackets, oars, boat ropes, anchors and more. For additional peace of mind, I have a satellite phone and a GPS mapping system, allowing me to roam without losing my way. I religiously keep my loved ones informed about my precise location through GPS pings.
Cooking onboard is part of the joyous experience, and I've perfected my techniques with a portable stove, sometimes opting for a two-burner setup or a more compact one burner version, depending on what I feel like packing. My selection of favorite camping foods adds a touch of culinary delight. Of course, my loyal canine companion joins me, and I ensure he enjoys the journey as much as I do. Selecting fishing spots with nearby beaches allows him to frolic during our long days on the boat. To shield ourselves from the scorching sun, I put up the Bimini top, providing us both with ample shade.
Finding a peaceful bay or safe harbor is pivotal to a rewarding and secure experience – a practice adopted by seasoned sailboat enthusiasts. My luck led me to discover awe-inspiring spots. Securing the boat to a tree onshore and anchoring it off the stern provide stability and prevent any unwanted drifting. Sometimes, I anchor close to a picturesque beach, while at other times, I keep a bit of distance from the shore.