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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:47 am 
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Location: Port Philip Bay, Melbourne, Australia
As per life, doing my hakas has taken more time than planned. Thanks NOHUHU for the thread, it's been a brilliant source of ideas and inspiration.

Initially I was drawn to go down a traditional path - bamboo. If I remember correctly TonyScott looked at it but could only find split and sorry specimens. A bit further South there's some better bamboo, but where I had presumed that it would be a light weight material, in fact it weighed around the same weight as as the milled timber. So that wasn't going to be satisfactory.

I was also influenced by stringy seats (not by his metal work default) and for my use the ability to camp on board is a must have option. I don't know about anyone else but getting a 'comfortable' bed seems to be getting harder; the swags, self inflates and cots just don't cut it anymore. But in the end stringy's good looking seats (for his TI) just didn't seem to fit the bill for me on the AI.

So, this AI camper is going to construct a tramp/bed in the style of the historical rope beds, but instead of the 1 foot spacing, it will be 50-60mm (approx 2 1/2") squares and of course won't have legs dragging in the water. As mentioned bed comfort is a priority, and so is the ability for simple detachment for shore duty when required. I'll knock up a proto type with some pine studs that are on hand and size it around 2.0m (7' 6") by 0.6m (2'), with a wooden seat/platform on the amas side.

well that's the plan, and if I'm found sleeping on the job it will be in the name of research. Also any thoughts or suggestions from the old 'haka' hands are welcome, particularly if they short cut to a better outcome

TBC

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