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    Default 2018 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival camping/attendance

    Hello,
    Having recently moved to Hampton, VA, I'm interested in attending the MASCF this year with my boat and family. I looked up some of the inns and hotels in the area for those dates and they are quite expensive. Is camping pretty straightforward up there? That is to say, my family and I enjoy camping but my wife likes the camping where there are showers and bathrooms available (no wilderness camping for her!) Can anyone comment on the camping experience either on CBMM grounds or in the area to attend the MASCF? We're tent campers but weather doesn't bother us, if that helps folks comment. Thanks and I look forward to ideas/thoughts/voices of experience.
    -Chris

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    We camped there last year and will again this year. There are showers. Coffee and doughnuts in the morning. The group dinner Saturday night is fantastic.

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    Yes, it's quite civilized.
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    Quite civilized, but beware of camping near a large group identified as "Team Ruckus."

    There is a nice overnight camping trip on Thursday and Friday to Wye Island. A good friendly group but no showers and only an outhouse toilet.

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    Default Re: 2018 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival camping/attendance

    We have always enjoyed the camping there. Close quarters, so earplugs come in handy.

    Hope to see some of you there this year -

    Dave

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    It's a great time, and nice showers are available. If you are set up for car camping, you will have a lot of fun. This is the type of event if you go just once that becomes an annual. I live in upstate NY (7 hour drive) and wouldn't miss it.
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    Default Re: 2018 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival camping/attendance

    Well sounds like that seals the deal. Thank you all for the input. We are car-campers. Cooler, tent, little grill, 4 year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windwalker3014 View Post
    Well sounds like that seals the deal. Thank you all for the input. We are car-campers. Cooler, tent, little grill, 4 year old.
    My 4yr old daughter would like to play with your 4yr old while we're there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGentry View Post
    We have always enjoyed the camping there. Close quarters, so earplugs come in handy.
    As I live with a person who depends on a CPAP machine, and have found that many of my peers make noises at times I'd rather not be bothered, earplugs are on my Permanent Packing List.

    Hope to see some of you there this year
    Our second granddaughter is due to show herself toward the end of September, but, if all that goes well, I hope to be driving up from Atlanta!

    Also: Thanks, y'all, for the tip on choice of campsites! 'Nuff said.

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    The space for camping at MASCF is limited and gets crowded. There are no designated individual "sites". Instead you find a space where your tent/trailer/RV fits with the understanding that the space around you will fill up. By Friday afternoon space can be getting tight though I've never heard of anyone unable to find a spot.

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    Used to tent camp, now mostly hammock camp. Probably wise to dust off yee old tent in case the area is not well treed...

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    I don’t think there will be any problem setting up your hammock:

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    I think I’ll bring one, too.

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    oooh - perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by jshaley View Post
    Used to tent camp, now mostly hammock camp. Probably wise to dust off yee old tent in case the area is not well treed...
    Depending on how much rain and storm surge they get from Florence, Hammocks may be a very good idea. The woods can be a bit damp after a foot of rain.
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    Default Re: 2018 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival camping/attendance

    Hello all, introducing myself. I just recently bought a Welsford Pathfinder and I'm coming the Small Craft Festival...arriving Thursday morning to do the trip to Dividing Creek, one of my favorite anchorages on the Bay.

    Just wondering if anyone else will be arriving around then and using the ramp in St. Michael's harbor...I've been putting my boat in using a lift, so it'll be my first time putting my boat in the water using the ramp, I'll be by myself and I'd appreciate an extra set of eyes! Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    Also please let me know where to sign up to join "Team Ruckus," they sound like my kind of folks.

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    Default Re: 2018 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival camping/attendance

    ...what ruckus?


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    Default Re: 2018 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival camping/attendance

    Quote Originally Posted by Downsize View Post

    It appears to me that the image is of a model boat. The accompanying text indicates it's not, but you coulda fooled me.

    Jeff

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    Default Re: 2018 Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival camping/attendance

    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    It appears to me that the image is of a model boat. The accompanying text indicates it's not, but you coulda fooled me.

    Jeff
    I guess it does look like a model a bit! The picture was taken from a drone.

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