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Re: Anyone use a hammock at sea?

I've been thinking of rigging a hammock on the foredeck between the mast and the bowsprit. It's the only place on my boat that's not safe just to fall asleep without fear of rolling overboard lol.
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Re: Anyone use a hammock at sea?

We slept in hammocks aboard HM Bark Endeavour when we sailed from Vancouver BC to Kealakekua-Kona, Hawaii in '99. I thought it was great because, during the three days I suffered from seasickness, at least I could sleep. Unfortunately, our cabin is just too small to rig a hammock for sleeping.
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Re: Anyone use a hammock at sea?

In all my days flying in the Navy I've never seen a C-130 that didn't have a crewmen sound asleep in his hammock. Great for planes, used to be the standard on ships, why not on your sailboat?
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Re: Anyone use a hammock at sea?

Not all sailors hang big bananas in their hammocks
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Re: Anyone use a hammock at sea?

Hammocks are a better sleeping arrangement for a single person and are not nearly so comfortable for sleeping with the bride or g/f.

Second, hammocks are not at all comfortable if you sleep on your side or stomach. People carrying a little extra weight tend to snore when on their back. Years ago my beautiful bride, through judicious application of an elbow (ahem), has trained me to sleep on my stomach so I sleep normally and quietly. Back sleeping also exacerbates sleep apnea.

Third, hammocks are not suitable for small boats because they are not space efficient when deployed singly. They require more room than the traditional single berth due to swing needs. However they work pretty well for berthing spaces with a 30 or 40 foot beam where you can put many side-by-side and the swing space overlaps. Also, in small boats they hang amidships or nearly so, so everyone needs to sleep at once or else those awake must take to crawling the deck like a WW II soldier in a field of fire simply to move about. :-)

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Re: Anyone use a hammock at sea?

They require more room, but hammocks with spreader bars are more comfortable. You lie diagonally, and there will be little sag in the middle.
I didn't figure this one out on my own.
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Re: Anyone use a hammock at sea?

Curious? Why not give it a try?
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You can probably make one with the materials onboard, so zero cost and an easy afternoon in the sun.
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Re: Anyone use a hammock at sea?

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I plan on getting a center aft berth in my ocean boat (I just like them).
Been on three boats with that plan. One of them worked. The mattress was split with a lee cloth down the the middle. A lee cloth on either side would also be desirable.
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Re: Anyone use a hammock at sea?

Saw someone with a hammock slung from forestay to mast last year. It looked like a tempting place to relax in the sun but would be problematic for bananas due to its exposed nature.
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Re: Anyone use a hammock at sea?

Banana?

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