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Old 13-03-2008, 09:10   #1
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Hammock as a Sea Berth?

I'm sure most cruisers have hammocks aboard for lolling around in while at anchor in some idylic spot, but has anybody ever used them for a sea berth while underway? I've spent a lot of time wedged in against the hull or against lee cloths. Seems that a hammock, long used by Navies around the world, would be more comfortable and keep the sleeper on an even keel, so to speak.

Anyone ever done it?
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Old 13-03-2008, 09:14   #2
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My Irwin 38 had two pipe berth type bunks over the berths in the salon. It was just two pipes with a cot made of dacron. When not in use, just remove the outer pipe and slide into place above the other pipe and the dacron folds down out of the way. For some reson, I found them extremely comfortable, "cozy" and kept you stable regardless of the tack.
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A hammock is hard on my back but I do use a small one for storing fruit while underway.
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I've used one while underway, but it was a houseboat on a lake!!!
I'll bet one with parallel "pipe" supports would be better on the back... and makes sense as far as use of space!!!
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I'd like to use one, but I've yet to find a decent place to hang it. Love it on land though. I spent many a day in the hammock on our back porch. It's just the cheap 15 buck wal-mart type, but it's still more comforable than many other choices in my house.
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Given the relatively quick motion of cruising yachts, comparted to ships, I’d expect an “unrestrained” hammock to be a little "lively" for sleeping.
Like Delmarrey, we also used miniature hammocks for storing fruit, but had to install bungie-cord restraints.
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I had four of the small hammocks for storing goodies on the last boat I owned and will certainly have them on the next.

The whole idea of a hammock as a sea berth just came to mind as I lay in the one I have out on the back porch. It will certainly go along with me on my next cruise to be slung between the mast and forestay at some exotic anchorage.
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Keep the hammock for the flat water, I've used mine mostly at anchor between the forestay and mast. Even use it a a helm seat (with autopilot remote in hand) on inland waters while motoring but it doesn't work so well offshore. We were motoring in benign conditions with my wife at the helm... a small (1' or so) swell started showing up and the hammock's motion started to harmonize with the boat's and I nearly did a loop. I can't imagine using it in anything rough.
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Most people use hammocks the "wrong" way.

Hammocks were developed in Mexico and Brazil where they lay on them angled across the hammock NOT lengthways as the North Americans use them.
Hammocks used properly do not hurt your back and are actually recommended by doctors for back problems.
The mexican "string" hammocks are the best, by far, but are more expensive.
However you must lay across them.
I agree that they really are not suitable for use underway.
I used to own a company Australian Hammocks Pty Ltd

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