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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:52 pm 
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I rigged up my Treadwell Topper tent on the tramp of my 21SE today and re-waterproofed the fabric. The tent is designed to fit a Hobie 16 but works on other catamarans too. The tent floor unzips and wraps around the underside of the tramp on a 16. On the 21SE it lays on top of the tramp.The boom runs through the top of the tent held up by the main halyard. The tent is sizable (8'X 7') and well vented with doors on both ends.

Has anyone else ever use one of these tents?

Or built one of their own?

Or just use a good dome style tent on your tramp?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:53 am 
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Hi Bill,

I am also interested in finding out further info on this topic.
Guess you may have seen these, looks interesting:
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:54 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:09 pm 
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Here is my tent setup on one of my Hobie 16 tramps. This tent uses the tramp as the floor with the tent floor actually hangs below the tramp to be more bug proof. It put the tramp inside sort of an envelop. :)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:10 pm 
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Excuse my ignorance, but you're not sleeping out in the middle of a lake, are you? So why not just set up the tent on shore? (Really, I'm not a troll, I'm curious.)
And what do you do with the sail? (oh, never mind, I just looked at the first photo again. I like that. I sometimes end up motoring in with my Getaway, and the sail covers the whole tramp. I think I'll try that, especially since I have a forward tramp to walk on.)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:53 pm 
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That is pretty cool Bill. I see what you meant on the phone that it would be pretty easy to reproduce the design. With a sewing machine, some zippers, and some waterproof tent fabric.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:01 pm 
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Pretty cool! Way more sophisticated than the blue tarp over the boom we used to use when camping at Frisco Woods 20 or 25 years ago!
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 11:29 pm 
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Bill that is very cool. Quick google didn't turn up much, is the treadwell topper a vintage item or are they available some where? I was thinking about making something like that, would love to hear more about it.

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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 12:53 pm 
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Nice Pic of Avila Beach!!!!!!!

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Tent on the tramp is much more comfortable than tent on the ground. No matress needed and no sand everywhere

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:36 am 
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Bill 404 wrote:

Or just use a good dome style tent on your tramp?
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I apologize for a bump, just my two cents.
My wife and I started out with an inexpensive Coleman 7x7 dome tent 15 years ago. It was reasonably waterproof once we seam-sealed it, had a nearly full-length rain fly, and stood up to a lot of abuse over the years, very quick to set up too. We bought a 9x9 version of the same frame tent a few years later for more room, unfortunately it had the same size rain fly as the 7x7 so it wasn't nearly as waterproof. Didn't do too bad though, we still have both and use them as our backyard family tents and our loaner tents (we seldom loan our good tents out) so they have seen a lot of abuse.

Our last two tents have been LL Bean dome tents, first the 4-person version, and then the 6-person version (which holds our family of four comfortably). Both are very good for the price and we've weathered some pretty heavy storms in them both in campgrounds closer to home, and down in the Smoky Mountains. The 6-person LL Bean dome tent withstood 30-40 mph winds and heavy rain twice in a month with the only damage being one pole that split at the end, and I repaired it with a new pole section for around $10, and the tent stayed standing, with only a few drops of water inside.

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