So rather than list potential horrible road trip issues lets concentrate on what a boat camping trip promises.
For starters, the cynics of you (me too) have already thought "no promises."
OK, enhanced expectations: (satisfied?)
- relaxation (doing nothing at all, nothing!)
- change up in daily grind
- play with boat, meet and hang with other boat people
- be with friends and family
- do a little hiking-fishing-sailing-reading-writing
We can make this list go on and on, but you get the gist.
Relaxation, or being stress free to me is key to a successful vacation, and worrying about where we will spend the night (on a road trip) is a major stress factor. You can say get a reservation, but there are many times, reservations are not in the cards, or severely limit what you do.
There is one major difference between car camping and boat camping that is lost to non-boaters, and that is the freedom to come and go, anywhere, anytime, and never having to worry about a "sorry no vacancy sign." When boat camping, there are no check in check out times, there are no camp hosts, no registration clerks. Docks at parks have some common sense rules, but are not reserved and first come gets it. You will never, and I stress this, "EVER" be sent away. Oh sure it may be crowded somewhere from time to time, but there will always be room to anchor. (the dinghy rides just get a little longer) When boat camping, unlike a road trip, you never need to stress-out over getting a place to stay, just go, you will have a spot when you arrive, and you can count on it. However if you (not me) must ruin things, you can stress-out over arriving in the dark, or other dumb self-inflicted pain, but that's another discussion.
So the answer is
We go boat camping to relax and get away from it all!