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Small boat and a hammock?

Hey guys, I'm more of a reader and less of a poster but anyways...I have an Ensenada 20 and ever since my girlfriend saw a hammock out on deck on a larger boat she wants one on mine. The Ensenada has a pretty stout mast and the stays are pretty good size so...if I could find the space, would the mast/boom/stays hold the weight of a hammock? I see them all the time in other boats but they usually have more than 10ft on me so the mast and everything is much bigger.

Can I make her happy and get a hammock?

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I'm not sure about what the mast and stays on a boat that size could take but would make sure if you do try to remember the more sag in the hammock the less pull on the points its attached to.
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If the mast and headstay can take the forces from the sails, they should be able to handle your girlfriends weight. Do you have enough distance between headstay and mast for a hammock?
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how big is your GF? j/k...lol

maybe try one of these if your concerned about your rig?

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go to skymall and check 'em out... just search hammocks... the things you will read on the tarmac at LAX....
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Between the head stay and the mast

We had a hammock on our C&C 24. I would attach the head end to the mast with some old jib sheet line, using the boom connection to stop the line from sliding down the mast. The other end I would connect to the furled head sail with a carabiner. It worked great.

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Might be better off with a hanging chair, since you can hoist it aloft with a halyard. Point loading the stays or shrouds is not a good idea.
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She is 125lbs so I guess I should be good there. I think I have a hammock that will work between the forestay and mast. I guess I just won't jump on it too at my 220lbs. Thanks guys, that'll make her happy to know.
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Maybe you could try a tracker (click here) to eliminate the point loading on the headsail? If it can hold a spinnaker on a furled sail, I'm sure it can support 125 pounds!
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when cruising the ICW we would set one up for my niece. take two lines from to the bow rails and then the spin or spare jib halyard and raise up to the level you need to accommodate her pull on gravity. Enjoy a great book!

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