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Orlando, Fla.—Yes, camping in your boat means sleeping in it.  It may not sound familiar, but a lot of people enjoy it and it can be quite a memorable experience when you take all the necessary safety precautions. Among the most important always is, in any season, to always check local, route and destination weather and water conditions before departure and ensure it is safe to camp or go out.


For us who live in Florida, we are lucky to have more than just the summertime to enjoy  these kind of activities, and owning a boat may be, or already is in the list of most Floridians.


There are many reasons why you would enjoy having a boat, and in most cases it involves family fun. 


  • As a boat owner, we asume you have taken the boating safety course, as it is required in our State, right? You may even qualify for a reduced insurance rate if you complete a safety course. Operators of vessels powered by motors of 10hp or more who are 21 years of age, or younger are required to complete boating education. In addition, anyone convicted of a criminal boating violation, a non-criminal boating safety infraction that resulted in a boating accident, or two non-criminal boating safety infractions with in a twelve-month period is required to enroll, attend and successfully complete a classroom boating safety course.Visit www.uscgboating.org for more information on courses in your area.


  • Always wear a life jacket and insist that your crew and guests do the same.


  • Never drink alcohol while boating.



  • Storage space can be tight on a boat. You may need to plan ahead, and organize your gear into those items that can get wet and those that can’t.


  • About your meals. If you want to maximize your fun, you will want to spend less time cooking. Preparing food ahead of time will be your key to success in this area.


  • Protect your skin from excessive sun exposure. That means, bringing a good sunscreen or sunblock and appropriate clothing to keep you covered whenever needed.


  • During certain seasons of the year, you’ll find useful to schedule your activities during the morning instead of later in the day, but to afternoon weather inconveniences like thunderstorms.


  • An abundant supply of water is always a good thing. Fresh water is necessary for multiple uses, so you should pack more than you expect to need during your boat camping adventure.


  • Always have appropriate safety gear with you, such as flashlights, warm clothes, a change of clothes, a fire starter and a first-aid kit. Being well prepared for the unexpected makes you not just a happy camper but a more responsible one.


  • This is probably one of our most important tips if you are spending time outside in a camping area. Although it should be common sense for most, please always make sure to leave it how you found it. Take any trash with you when you leave, and minimize the impact of your campfire, should that be the case.


Other than these, have fun and enjoy your time in the Florida outdoors.

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