On my first cat I had trampolines with fisher
net style nets. So far it was ok to walk on or working on the mooring
lines, but lying on the nets without a cushion let the rest finish that we looked like a Salami (an Italian saucisse) with the net and knots clearly marked on the skin.
After, on my next catamaran
, I had a different netting without the problems mentioned above. At the end of my first circumnavigation
I had to replace the trampolines due to the not UV resistant threads and material for the framing used by the sail maker from the Baltic
who has fabricated the trampolines. The netting it self was still in an excellent condition.
As the repair was quoted to expensive by the responsible sail maker I did some research
for replacing the trampolines and eventually found the retailer of the reliable netting (without frames) I had on my cat.
This, as I was convinced of the material: large openings are compulsory that air and water
can pass through, but still comfortable to lie on. My wife likes to have her sunbath in comfort, or we like to sleep sometimes on the trampolines when anchored. We have no AC aboard and having in some parts
of the world a sea temperature of 32°C/89°F is like having a powerful floor- and wall heating
Finally I bought 5m x 2m netting from www.huck.net
(search for Rasenschutz-Gittermatte, yes, lawn protection grid mat) for around 162 Euro including VAT for the 10m2 (about 108 sq/ft). The fabrication job was done by yacht-netze.de for 500 Euros, no VAT, as in the time it is was a small shop. The framing was done with black tarpauling (PVC coated nylon fabric) as used on trucks.
After five years of serious use (a 2nd circumnavigation
to West Africa
the Falkland Islands, Cape Horn, Australia
and back to Southern France) the Trampolines still look good and can be used for many years again.
So far my experiences and my opinion. Fair winds.
James now in Florida
, boat winterized and lying ashore in Southern France