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    I wonder about the 6 ft width if somebody gets close to an edge. I'd give it a good stability check in relatively shallow water without the hammock. Might want to think about anchoring the far side so it cannot flip over on you while checking.
    YMMV

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    Do you realize what you have just inspired me to do? My god man!... Wonder if a single axle trailer could be converted into on of these? That way you could just pull it behind and back it down the boat ramp.
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    Man I am impressed!

    I second the idea from others, about making sure you will be stable enough. I cringe to think about what happens when the wind turns that tarp into a sail

    Let us know how the preliminary sea trials go. I'm eager to see this thing finished

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    Stability has been mentioned. I imagine it will be mentioned again immediately after the first float test.
    Great idea, fun times ahead, something I always dreamed of doing but never did.
    Seriously, it won't be as stable as one might think, especially near the sides.

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    Subscribed because I'm interested in hearing about the stability and how your trials go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    Great! I love this! But....on the roof of a Jetta????? This, I can't see.

    Can't wait for the next installment.
    My exact concerns ... but other than that ... I LOVE IT!
    I've always wanted to do something like that since I read Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn stories!

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    Looks good! If stability is an issue might I suggest plastic fuel tanks off a pickup truck. One attached down each side will add a great deal of stability with out adding alot of width. We have switch to them on our boat dock and find they are close to the same float as a barrel but the shape is much easier to work with. And pretty cheap at a wreking yard.

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    Now this looks like a tonne of fun!
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    That is really cool. I was thinking another option for people (with a little cash) to buy a used hobie cat (in poor condition) and retrofit it. I know you can find them pretty cheap sometimes. then you would have great stability, and also built in steering.
    Anyway, I like your idea and wish you luck with it!
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    Awesome, Ben!

    You're plenty stable but any watercraft needs power, steerage, and directional stability. I'd suggest a sculling oar on the back and some kind of keel. You could even float lazy rivers that way. It's a perennial dilemma to loft any kind of fabric -- one often has to choose between wind and weather protection. Any object more than a foot above water will affect your speed and heading.

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