The idea is really pretty simple: how to rig a Hobe 18 with wings so that you can carry enough camping gear and food to be able to go out for a few days and enjoy the water and the great outdoors....while camping as you go on convenient sand spits/beaches.
The first time I tried this idea, three of us went for a 3 day camp on the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. Very cold water, but great sailing.Problem was, once you got all the stuff you needed for camping, there was not much room to move about the boat. So I thought about it and here is my first attempt to carry the gear but keep the tramp open.
See the following pictures:
#1: shows you what it looks like when you have the cargo next hooked to the front (tramp) side of the wing.http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/s ... 060003.jpg
#2 shows you how I laced the line for the cargo net and incorporated it into the wing cover.http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/s ... 060004.jpg
#3 shows what the cargo net looks like when it is carrying the camping gear in drybags.http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/s ... 060012.jpg
#4 shows how to to use the cargo net to both keep the pesky (you ever notice how every line on the tramp gets caught on these seat cushions?) required throw device and your map holder ready and easy to use.I am off in a few days to go for a 4 day catamaran camping trip on the Chesapeake Bay and will report back how well the nets did (or did not) work for me.
Anybody try another method of stowing lots of gear on a CAT? P.S. I also made a set of DIY beach tracks to allow the boat to be brought up on the beach by sliding along a set of PVC ladders. Will post pix if anyone interested.