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Old 11-06-2010, 02:28   #1
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How to Hang a Hammock ?

I bought two great net hammocks in Malaysia. They worked great on the beach and balcony in Malaysia. But I can't really figure out how or where to hang them on the boat (Kalik40, with modifications including 3' scoop and bimini).

A crew once attached his to the boom when tied to an island mooring, but there was a slight swell, and his bum kept going boom on the deck.....

Any better ideas?
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Old 11-06-2010, 03:11   #2
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Do it!

I'm hoping to rig one this year between the forstay and mast... It would be for napping at anchorage and sleeping at night. Might be hard to use while sailing, especially during a tack
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I'm hoping to rig one this year between the forstay and mast...
Thought of this - but have roller furling. Never going back to loose luff - flaking the sails is a pain!
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I have roller reefing, and I hook my hammock up to the clew of the sail, unfurl just enough of the sail so I can hook the other end of the hammock to the whisker pole attachment point on the mast. Works a treat.
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Thought of this - but have roller furling. Never going back to loose luff - flaking the sails is a pain!
Just wrap a few turns of your hammock line around the furled genny. It wont slip. Then use a truckies hitch to tighten it.

Our problme is the inner forestay, but Nic doesnt mind the occasional banging against it.

Her bum is right at the correct spot over one of the forr'ad hatches. I can pinch her through it!!!!
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Just wrap a few turns of your hammock line around the furled genny. It wont slip. Then use a truckies hitch to tighten it.

Our problme is the inner forestay, but Nic doesnt mind the occasional banging against it.

Her bum is right at the correct spot over one of the forr'ad hatches. I can pinch her through it!!!!
LOL!!!! Marc'll like that!!

We also have a baby stay. I can see how you'd hang the hammock from the genny to the mast, but can't see how you'd be able to lie in it... Got a pic?

It's just occurred to me, I could hang it from the forestay to the boom, if I use the preventer and mainsheet to keep it in place.... I might try that tomorrow.
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but can't see how you'd be able to lie in it... Got a pic?
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It's just occurred to me, I could hang it from the forestay to the boom, if I use the preventer and mainsheet to keep it in place.... I might try that tomorrow.


The other end it tied back to the mast at whatever hight person likes. The head hight can be adjusted from either end, I like my head fractionally higher than flat, and good tension on the net.

We dont need a lashing amidships as the whole idea is to swing you like a baby. nic uses her foot somewhere (?!!) when a boat goes past.

Our only major problem is we havent found a good spot for the second hammock!

Now putting it on shore is difficult... one needs light trees with spring so as the wind blows you get gently bounced... the sun must be shaded, or partially shaded, I like dappled light...


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Marc has had a fantastic idea. He's thinking of welding a hook to each side of the bimini - and then hang both hammocks between that and the boom. He's NOT allowed to wear straw hats, so don't encourage him.

Oh - and the preventer and mainsheet would be to hold the boom in place, not the hammock!!
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Saw a great set-up a while ago where they used their spinnaker pole on a 36 -38ft Bavaria. The pole was "set" sufficently high on the mast and using topping lift in normal position to support the outer end. Each end of the hammock was attached to each end of the pole - there must have been some lines to stop the set-up swinging around if there is any wash from passing boats. Kids must have been using it for fun as it was swung outboard...
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Now that DOES sound like fun - hubby wants to try it!!!
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As stated above “hammock hanging” is an art form. I am lucky insofar as I can easily attach it to my inner stay and then to my largest winch on the main mast, then tie off. (using the winch enables me to ensure that a major breach of hammock etiquette is avoided, IE. a person’s…especially a lady’s… buttocks do not scrape the ground while suspended in the hammock. I can easily raise it when necessary).

Sometimes I seek to hang two then I shall tie both feet at the inner stay and the heads with a rolling hitch to aft main mast shrouds. I tension shape whereby lowest point in the curve is about 2.5to3 feet above the deck, which in my case means my butt swings sensually about six inches above deck, when I am using the hammock. (Therefore, not too far to drop nor too ungainly to exit. So far no lady has used mine whereby the distance to deck was lesser than when I use it. Note: I have a flush deck which helps enormously.

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As stated above “hammock hanging” is an art form. I am lucky insofar as I can easily attach it to my inner stay and then to my largest winch on the main mast, then tie off. (using the winch enables me to ensure that a major breach of hammock etiquette is avoided, IE. a person’s…especially a lady’s… buttocks do not scrape the ground while suspended in the hammock. I can easily raise it when necessary).


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That is a brilliant idea - now why did Marc take the winch off our mast?? (Actually, I know the answer to that - he wanted all the lines feeding back to the cockpit)
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We use a 2 inch flat strip that is like a car seat belt ! Roll it around the mast a few times it will not slip downward normally as it overlaps...

If it is a spreader bar hammock, a good idea is to attach one side with 2 ropes and the other side free to swing...
Will try post a few pics later once i get around how to do it...
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I use a hammock chair. Only one attachment point and it's big enought to spread out in it.
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