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Best 3 Man Tent to Take on a Skiff

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A friend of mine and myself were going to take our boats and go camping. Do a little extended trip and stay for few nights away from civilization along the wild Texas coast. Fly fishing mostly, around April after spring break is over. Looking for a 3 man tent, one for each of us (no Broke Back mountain here). Looking for something light, will stay dry and pack small. What have you tried and what has worked best? I am looking at the North Face Homestead Domey 3, any thoughts, something better? This will be set up on land at a chosen good wild spot to camp and not on the skiff.
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I've had a Eureka Mountain Pass 2 for close to 30 years, they still make it in a 3 person. It's a borderline 3 to 4 season tent - which means it can handle anything where it won't be snowing. Relatively light, cheap, strong, packable, free standing, been around forever ...
Go as big as reasonable. Backpacking sometimes just a tarp and a ground cloth (if no bugs) otherwise a 1 to 2 person superlight - but got to take into consideration whether snow is a possibility, motorcycle camping a two to three person - same for camping out of a skiff I would, car camping - bring the kitchen sink. After a few decades you'll end up with a quiver of tents - wearing out the good ones - the not so good tend to be loaners
I wouldn't try adding a coating to the floor unless you've got a beater you're willing to experiment with - if going new get something with a heavy duty floor if not for backpacking use. A good quality two pole design will withstand 40 mph winds, but you must securely guy out all the lines on the rain fly - been there. Deep sand, maybe you need 'sand spike' type stakes, whatever they are just make sure they get good purchase in the ground. These Eureka's look interesting, and relatively inexpensive:

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