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    Hammocks on Sailboats

    Hi All,
    My girlfriend and I sail with our 82 year old friend Ed on his sailboat throughout the spring, summer and fall on the Chesapeake Bay. I'm tired of sleeping in the V-berth or one of the other bunks when we do overnights because it is uncomfortable and I feel claustraphobic when it gets hot inside the cabin.

    Have any of you strung up a hammock on deck of a boat, and if so, how did you do it?

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    I haven't hammocked on a sailboat, but I would venture to guess that one of your supports would be the mast. The question remaining is what do you use for your second support, and wouldn't that depend on the schematics of that particular boat? What I mean by that is, what boat part (a railing, perhaps?) besides the mast do you think would support a hammock?

    Sounds like a fantastic time on the Bay, btw.

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    I guess it would depend on the size of the boat. I suspect the boat you are on is small, so I am not sure where you would hang. Back in the day the navy used hammocks. Nowadays they use coffins, I mean racks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lvleph View Post
    I guess it would depend on the size of the boat. I suspect the boat you are on is small, so I am not sure where you would hang. Back in the day the navy used hammocks. Nowadays they use coffins, I mean racks.
    The boat is 36' long and I'm wondering if I could tie off on the mast for the main sail and rig up something for the other end which could be supported by rope to holes in the gunwhales. Just a thought. I'd prefer to hang on deck as opposed to below.

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    You can go from the Mast to the Forward Pulpit. Or somewhere near the hatch to the Pushpit?

    EDIT: Go from the Mast to the Boom. lol That would be fun.
    Last edited by lvleph; 05-08-2007 at 11:05.

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    Keep in mind of the forces applied. You are going to excert a lot of force on the boat depending on the angle that you hang. You could excert up to 1000+ lbs of force on something.

    You might have to look into adding a hammock stand. You could also try a really oversized hammock at a 45 degree angle.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Boats ... bad memories. Don't you like trees?

    Anyway, the Skipper and Gilligan slept on hammocks, I assume you'll be fine. Just bolt a carabineer to any solid surface and use the mast as the other He won't mind, he's 82 yrs old and won't even notice it.

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    Depending on the angle that you hang, most of the force is on the horizontal vector. So if you could get a pipe a bit longer than the length of the hammock, and tie the hammock to the pipe, then secure the pipe to something else...that would take care of most of the force problem. Then the force would almost be only down, and half of your body weight on each end. Almost...close enough to not rip the railing off the boat, anyway.
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    I have these sprinkler pipes running along my ceiling in my apartment that I have been eying. lol
    I wouldn't dare. My landlord would kill me.

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