OK sourdoughs, lookin' for some more good advice. It's looking like 25-27 Apr will be our first black bear trip in PWS (Whittier or Valdez) aboard a 19ft relatively flat bottom jet boat. I figure we'll stay in the quietest of coves with that set up. Where would you sleep though? On the beach in a tent or in the boat? I've got a couple tents (Kifaru 4-man with woodburing stove or Coleman 8-man dome tent with vestibules).