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Any experience with a Habitent

I'm looking for an inexpensive way to close off the cockpit occasionally. Saw this product - "The Habitent" and am wondering if anyone on here has one? Looks like it could work but watching the videos it looks kinda flimsy too. I know a canvas enclosure would be the best way to go but I don't want to spend a couple grand on one. This looks to be around $500.
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Re: Any experience with a Habitent

Habitent looks like an ideal way to spend a day fiddling about with dacron and poles. Puts me in mind of those white marquees that you rent for weddings and such. I see little use for such a contraption. The once or twice it *might* be used will hardly offset the cost. Perhaps something similar for small, pocket cruisers or day sailers; but for a yacht (big enough to fit under one of these)?

While I applaud the ingenuity and the idea; those that could afford the tent AND the yacht to go under it could well afford the fees for venue rental at the Club. I'm a life-long primitive camper. New gadgets and tent-tricks draw me like flies to... well.. yanno. This bit of kit is intriguing; but ya still have to find a place to stow it the remaining 99.9% of the time!

Throw a spare fores'l over the boom !

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We have been considering one too, since it was first mentioned in PBO.
From reading about it and watching their video, it looks straightforward to put up.

Main drawback is that it's only for when you are anchored or docked... so it's no help when under way.
OTOH, compare spending about $5000. for the Habitent to spending about $2000 + for our boat for a bimini with full side pieces. Yikes.

I guess that we are still in the fact-finding part of the whole "shelter" problem!

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Re: Any experience with a Habitent

I purchased a Habitent Cockpit Enclosure in 2012 and I thought I would bring it to your attention. The Habitent has withstood winds up to 45 knots and steady wind in the 15 to 25 knot range so far this winter. At £300 GBP its been one of my best purchases.
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I purchased a Habitent Cockpit Enclosure in 2012 and I thought I would bring it to your attention. The Habitent has withstood winds up to 45 knots and steady wind in the 15 to 25 knot range so far this winter. At £300 GBP its been one of my best purchases.
Thanks for the info. We have been exchanging the odd email with these folks for a couple years, and it appears that the only real drawback is that it's for use at the dock or at anchor.
OTOH, a full bimini with enclosure for our boat is around 5K. For the $, it looks like a pretty nifty solution.

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Re: Any experience with a Habitent

If it's just some shade or rain shelter you seek, my solution was a $10 white tarp from Amazon. It goes over the boom and I have 4 lines attached that attach to the lifelines.
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Re: Any experience with a Habitent

I have a HD green waxed canvas tarp that makes a fantastic boom tent and has survived many downpours and thunder storms at anchor

What is very nice is the new low cost camping cam cleats ( Nite Ize CamJam )with the rope built in
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Re: Any experience with a Habitent

This is a $30 version of the same idea. Either way you're going to have to fiddle with lines and such. I doubt the $30 version would withstand 40Knot winds, but depending on your use, it might be just fine.

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