Haven't heard from you Hollgi. Good to see you back. I plagiarised your writings below and added some answers.
How much mucking around is it to set it up? (floating in the water). How long does it take to set is up? It generally takes about the same time as a pup tent but I'm not yet a gun at erecting it.
What are the pro's and con's of the hammock system on the AI (beside space). The hammock, for me, is heaps more comfy and that's probably the main reason for going this way. There is a bit more weight and space required for the PVC poles but as you can see in my latest video,
they are out of the way and not really an issue. Just remember the other con though. It's a bit like a caravan verse a motorhome. You can leave a pup tent ( caravan ) and go out fishing for the day and come back to it later. You need to pack up the hammock ( motorhome) to go anywhere.
I always use a hammock when I am in the bush, but to set it up on the AI floating looks like a lot of mucking around. As I said, not really much different to a pup tent.
How do you keep everything dry (let's face it after a day sailing we are wet, after setting the hammock up out feet & arms will defenately be wet. When I first set up I place my anchor way out and tie off to a tree or similar. Then attach the AI to the anchor rope and move it in and out as required. I tend to set it all up right on the shoreline and keep it that way until I go to sleep. Then unclip it and move it out and reattach. My feet are generally the only wet bit but a strategically placed towel fixes that.
How do you get changed? Changed ? I'm always rough'n it. But if I did need to change into my flannelette jim jams, I'd do it on shore.
Once you are in the hammock- how much movement is transfered to the hammock from little waves and alike? Just the right amount although I don't really know cause I'm usually asleep too quick. I thought this would be an issue as well but as long as your spot is fairly well protected, it's not an issue.
I wouldn't use it on the big blue, but seems to be perfect for the mangroves. I'd love to be game enough to try it in the big blue. But for mangroves, ideal.
Hope this helps Hollgi.
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