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Best way to rig a hammock

Any tips on rigging a hammock on a 27' Catalina? Or is my boat too small?

After many attempts... the best I could come up with at the dock was this:


But when I'm on the hook that obviously won't work.

The girlfriend liked it though... she's topless in that pic... got lots of cheers from the other dock parties that day when I ran her top up the mast.
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You COULD rig a preventer and do the same thing at anchor... or swing the boom out of the way and rig the hammock to the backstay instead..

Or get one of these.. they fit better in smaller foretriangles, and don't require the 'stretch' a regular hammock does. (less protective of topless sunbathers, though! )

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I think we need a little higher angle on that first pic so we can see the set up a little more clearly.
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If your foredeck is long enough, you can rig it between your forestay and your mast. On the forestay end, tie the end of the hammock to the wire and use a halyard to raise it up.
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I've got a rolling furler and the only halyard I have is for the main... if I bring it around to the bow it wraps around the sidestays and I worry about chafing.

Is it safe to wrap something around the rolling furler to hang the hammock from?

Maybe swinging the boom out of the way and rigging off the backstay is the best way so far.
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I use a chafe guard around the furled sail and the other end around the mast, no need to use a halyard.

Maybe you could get a smaller hammock, we use a "camping" hammock

As for only having one halyard available, that may be something you want to consider adding.
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check these out - we have one and it works pretty well. We use wide webbing around the furled genoa and hold it up with the spinnaker halyard when we rig it in the foretriangle. But as you can see at the link there are other ways to do it

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I always rig mine under the boom and leave the sliding hatch open, seems to work okay for me.
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