Looking around on the forum I found a few good threads on boat tent designs and ideas for camp cruising an open boat, but I haven't found a thread where we got to watch someone actually making one. So, here it goes. (Disclaimer: I'm just a guy without much experience who thought this would be a fun project, mistakes will be made.)
Here's what I have to work with,
10 yards of 60" wide 140 denier ripstop nylon that's coated
Seam stick tape
UV resistant thread suitable for marine use
48- 18" aluminum tent pole sections and enough elastic cord to put them together in whatever length I need.
The tent will need to cover the middle section of my Caledonia Yawl between the fore and aft decks. At the widest point it will be 6'2" and will run 10' in length. My goal is for it to look something like this.
I have decided to go with big diagonal poles across the tent with the idea that it will be slightly more wind resistant than a simple hoop setup and because my boat is set up as a yawl, I'll be able to guy off to the main and mizzen masts as well as the gunwhales.
Another forum member suggested to me that the easiest way to get started would be to just build the tent right on top of my boat, and I totally agree. But the boat is upside down on the beach about thrity feet above the high tide line and tucked away for winter. So, I decided to go with the next best thing.
I broke out my plans and mocked up the sheer line for sections 2 through 6 in my basement, and dummied up a couple of masts to use as my building jig.
So far things have gone pretty smoothly, but I have had alot of help from my shop assistant and shop assistant in training.
They're pretty sure this whole tent idea is about he coolest thing ever. We shall see.