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Kernix 05-09-2007 08:38 AM

camping destinations?
This may end up being a nutta "newbie" dumb question, but I love camping - going this weekend to camp on the beach at Assateague Is in MD - two weeks ago did my first sailing on a Springs Skills weekend - loved it though I freaked when the boat started heeling especially when I was at the helm - think the instructors knew what they were doing and just wanted to give us a little scare.

Anyway - would love to combine cruising - oh, maybe this should be in the cruising forum - sorry - cruising with camping - kicking back in front of a camp fire every couple of months is great to me.

So I know of Assateague - anyone know of other East Coast USA "killer" campgrounds near\on the coast? There's also Cape Henlopen S.P. but they allow reservations years in advance for the best sites so the best sites are always taken - WTF?


TrueBlue 05-09-2007 08:50 AM

Once you spend a few nights on the boat at anchor, you will look back at this camping thread and ask yourself - "What the heck was I thinking?".

If you want to camp on the ground, buy an RV. If you enjoy "camping" on the water, buy a boat.

Kernix 05-09-2007 09:20 AM

I slept in the cockpit the one night a few weeks ago and loved it - the guy in the aft cabin with me snored like a monster - so maybe I'll lose all desire to camp once I have a boat - maybe - which means lose the desire for a campfire 'cause sleeping on a boat and at a campground is not the same - never knew a boat to have a firepit on it. I'll just stick with Assateague for now.

sailingdog 05-09-2007 09:26 AM

I'd have to second what TB said. Besides, if you're anchored out far enough, the mosquitoes aren't an issue, like they can be when camping.

Kernix 05-09-2007 09:39 AM

Bugs at assateague - early-mid May and late Sept-early Oct they're fine

So you guys NEVER sleep anywhere other than onboard?

Cruisingdad 05-09-2007 11:48 AM


Damn mosquitos will find you even anchored out in the middle of the ocean (I am convinced). But it is not the mosquitos that are the problem. It is these little gnat looking bugs called no-seeums. They fit through mosquito nets and are infinetly worse!!! You will oook like you have chicken pox when those little bas**** are done with you!!

Cruisingdad 05-09-2007 11:49 AM


I fell asleep in the dink fishing one time. Does that count??

T37Chef 05-09-2007 11:52 AM

They are not near the coast but...Elk Neck State Park on the Northern Chesapeake has a great campground, Point Look Out State park in St Mary's County at the mouth of the Potomac, Hart & Miller Island near Back Creek if you can stand the crowds on the weekends.

Ignore those guys ...they don't sleep anywhere, they're always on sailnet :)

Cruisingdad 05-09-2007 11:56 AM


HEHEHE!! Right you are! That is what I feel like. But what would you guys do without me?? A sad thought. Sailnet wqould shut down.. the entire internet would shut down.

In fact, I am Jesus Christ and you guys should priase me.


- CD

TrueBlue 05-09-2007 12:02 PM


Originally Posted by Kernix
Bugs at assateague - early-mid May and late Sept-early Oct they're fine

So you guys NEVER sleep anywhere other than onboard?

As a young and growing family, we also loved camping and combined it with watersports, such as sailing, canoeing and waterskiing.

Over time, the hard, rigid ground, dirt and bugs associated to tent camping, became less attractive. When faced with the crossroads of either buying an RV, or a larger boat, we chose the boat. The boats grew in size and comfort, to a point where we never looked back to sleeping on terra firma again.

Sleeping onboard to this day, is an experience we always look forward to.

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