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    Yes, it was surprisingly stable. He and I both...

    Yes, it was surprisingly stable. He and I both were able to stand up and walk from end to end without much wobbling.



    I take that as high praise! Thank you very much! =)
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    More photos of the Gute Fahrt in action

    I got the photos that my dad took of the launching of the Gute Fahrt.

    http://www.bradleyit.com/uploads/2/0/6/1/20611526/5829790_orig.jpg
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    The Gute Fahrt

    SUCCESS ... with lessons learned =)

    The Gute Fahrt worked perfectly. That is to say that it floated and the hammock held up wonderfully. I did come away from the maiden voyage with few lessons...
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    Tomorrow is launch day! The tarp frame is ready...

    Tomorrow is launch day! The tarp frame is ready and the only piece that likely won't be ready is the mini-hammocks that were going to fit into the sides. I took some extra 2x2 and turned it in to a...
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    Decked!

    I got around to putting a deck on the raft this weekend as well as picking up some of the supplies for while I'm on the water. Still no word yet on whether I'll be ok with the previously...
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    Legal Update

    LEGAL UPDATE!

    I contacted the Washington State Boating Safety office and here's the short version:

    It IS a vessel.
    Since it's a human-powered vessel that is less than 16ft long, I don't have...
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    I put my lawyer hat on for a bit and researched...

    I put my lawyer hat on for a bit and researched Washington State law regarding what I'm trying to do here. If I've read the regulations correctly, a raft is most closely defined as a "Personal...
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    I think it's somewhere in the middle, but closer...

    I think it's somewhere in the middle, but closer to a swimming float than a boat. The most ambitious plan I have for it at the moment, depending on how the small-scale tests go, is to float down...
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    Ok, I tested the stability of it by setting it up...

    Ok, I tested the stability of it by setting it up on the lawn, perching on the side railing and leaning over the edge to find the tipping point and I'm happy to say that it stayed upright. In fact,...
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    Thanks for all the great feedback so far, a lot...

    Thanks for all the great feedback so far, a lot of folks have pointed out some things that I either glossed over or simply didn't think of.

    Regarding the stability of the raft, I'll definitely be...
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    My Hammock Raft

    For a while now, I've been hearing 'Pontoon' by Little Big Town on the radio and thinking, "Man, that sounds like a good time!" Just floating around all day, barbecuing, hanging out, maybe doing a...
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