Overnight PWC Adventures: What You Need to Know
PWCs are meant for adventure, and that people should be looking to set out for the horizon…rather than just spin another lap around the same old bay.
PWC like this SEA-DOO RXT-X 300 10LE0 are ideal for getting away from it all and have an adventure…even if it is just overnight.
Keep reading for ways to best prepare for an overnight excursion with your PWC.
Overnighting on a PWC probably means you’ll be pulling up to a vacant shoreline and sleeping under the stars. You probably already have a good idea of where you’d like to explore but if you don’t make sure you research waterfront campsites before you head out. Ideally, you’ll need a beachfront location where you can safely secure your PWC. It’s also a good idea to find a spot that is sheltered from the wind, not susceptible to strong currents or tides, and legal to spend the night at.
Waterfront PWC Lodging
While a waterfront resort like this is a welcome sight, prepare to sleep under the stars on your overnight PWC adventure. Though your PWC will likely be in sight, take the key or lanyard to prevent any surprise thefts. If you’re anchoring, run an additional line to shore for an added measure of security should your anchor come loose during the night.
Choose Your Accommodation
Sleeping under the stars can be a liberating and memorable experience but it can also be a bug-ridden, cold night. If you prefer shelter, a freestanding tent is your best bet. This option is great for both for its simple setup and compact size. Stow it in a dry bag to keep it dry, and place it low in the bow storage compartment. Not a fan of sleeping on the hard ground? Pack a simple foam camping roll to soften things up.
Avoid air mattresses that need to be blown up. They take up too much space and require an added inflator. If you have extra space, grab a can of bug spray as a lot of locations near the water have mosquitoes.,
Along those same lines, keep other items to a minimum. Pack “light” is a saying you’ve probably heard many times, but on a PWC it’s essential.
But don’t just pack light, pack right. Choose clothes that can be worn numerous times or materials that dry quickly. As to food, don’t keep it in its original boxes or bags. Repackage into smaller, reusable containers that take up less room and pack into tighter spaces.
PWC Storage Space
PWCs offer limited storage space, so packing smart is essential. Try to limit items that need to be kept on ice. We suggest packing simple canned goods that can be heated with a compact camp stove, or packaged foods preferred by campers. For cleanups, bring a biodegradable camping soap that can do triple duty for you, your clothes, and your dishes.
It’s Your Waste…Take it With You
As the saying goes, leave no trace behind. Of course, that means your own waste products. You can relieve yourself one way on rocky or sandy areas away from camp or below the high-tide line, but for that other number, find a backpacker’s solution like Cleanwaste’s Toilet In A Bag.
Toilet In A Bag
Though it’s an unpleasant thought, the next camper at your location will surely appreciate it if you take your waste back with you.
Yeah, it’s pretty much just what it sounds like. Try to remember, you’re camping, not spending the night at the Hilton.
Don’t Forget to Tell Your Friends
Don’t forget to leave some kind of float plan or itinerary with friends or family. Cell phone coverage isn’t a given in many remote areas, so let them know where you expect to be and when. And though it should be a given with any kind of long-distance adventure, don’t forget some essentials like a handheld GPS, basic first aid kit, and some type of signaling device.
PWC Group Ride
You should always tell a friend where you are going, but there’s nothing wrong with bringing them along. Can’t safely get there and back without a gas stop? Scope out marinas or close-to-the-water fuel stations along the way, and call to make sure they’ll be open during your trip. If you need to carry extra fuel, use smaller, portable cans, and fashion them securely to your craft on the aft swim platform.
Don’t Forget to Capture Your Memories
Space is incredibly important for the success of your PWC adventure but don’t forget to bring your camera! These types of trips are the ones you will look back on for life. There will be plenty of moments you will want to remember forever, so make sure you bring along a camera or a GoPro.
If you are looking for a new PWC prior to heading out on your overnight adventure, look no further! We have a HUGE inventory of boats, PWCs, and RVs! If you have any questions, reach out to our amazing team of experts at 406-549-6169 or visit us in person at 2601 West Broadway, Missoula, MT 59808.