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#98468 - 06/21/08 03:09 PM canoe tent
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Would somebody else please post a thread here. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

SO I've been looking at Hammocks. I basically have never liked hammocks, but here in Oregon the pine trees are so thick that theres no place to pitch a tent near a lake except for the traditional camping spot which is no longer legal. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> (thanks forest service) <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> that I figured maybe hanging above the brush and rocks would beat trying to find a tent spot.

Then it dawned on me that if I'm at a lake around here I will probably have my canoe. My 11.5' old town solo canoe is about 30" wide in the middle and the stay and the seat can both be removed by pulling out 6 bolts that I can put wing nuts on.
If I make a new front stay that comes up above the gunwale, I can make a tent to go over the front of the canoe. I can then put in the (New raised) rear stay and pull a mosquito net/rain cover over the rear of the canoe. Then I sleep on the bottom of the canoe on my air mattress. The canoe could be afloat or pulled up onto a level, if not smooth spot near the shore.
<img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
I think sleeping in the canoe would beat a hammock. I also like to sleep in sailboats, so sleeping on the water, even adrift, could be very cool. I've heard of "canoeing" in the Yukon, taking a nap in the bottom of the canoe, and waking up looking at a grizzly, hoping the current will carry you on.
I'll post photos.
Jim <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
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#98469 - 07/25/08 08:38 PM Re: canoe tent [Re: Jimshaw]
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It sounds like a lot of work for a good nights sleep. I agree sleeping in a canoe sounds like a much more enjoyable snooze than a hammock. Have you thought of using a bivy sack instead building your own "sleeping system". Or better yet incorporate a bivy sack style accomodation into your canoe bed.
-D

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#98470 - 07/26/08 06:00 PM Re: canoe tent [Re: Jimshaw]
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Not to mention that if your problem is hair of the dog pine so thick you can't put up a tent, you'll still have problems getting a hammock and tarp strung up, trust me, that kind of bush is a pita for hammocking too (unless you do a little government work and whack a few of 'em down...)

Now if there's clear spots with just uneven ground, you're ok. but if you don't like sleeping in a hammock, you don't like sleeping in a hammock. Sounds like a good candidate for just putting an 8x10 tarp over the canoe on it's paddles (or purpose built poles) - you could probably find a way to mount them in the canoe.
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