|Commercial Pop Up TentsFrom springwire... toss in the air to unfurl|
Most of the barge/scow hulls in the world have wide open decks, with hatches as needed. Why? Cheap and flexible.
Most of the yachts in the world have fixed, trunk cabins as superstructure with fixed, furnished interiors. Why? Um. Well... at a guess? Tradition? Laziness? We're all wannabee ocean crossers? Harder to say.
Trunk cabins and furniture break up the open spaces and limit our options. True, they don't have to be set up at the end of a long day. Or in the rain. Or in the dark. In our boats, we've always chosen this style, but only after a good deal of waffling.
Of course, a mix is always an option. Just because we're designing box barges doesn't mean we have to stay in the box! An aft trunk cabin, say, with the whole forward deck flush and extensible is entirely possible.
So let's take a look at open deck, flexi-space architecture, extended by pop-up tents. Here, I'll present three types I find especially attractive.
|Hatch Cover Tent|
This approach, shown on my T24x4,6,8 SANDBOX design, simply tilts the midships hatch up, then puts a custom fabric shell over it. The flap, shown, ties to the gallows to provide a vestibule of sorts.
The idea is to work with existing hatches, using the covers as structure for the fabric shell, and the hatch coamings as landingss for it. One could cant the hatch cover, as shown, split it in two for side walls, or raise it at both ends for a more horizontal roof.
Supporting struts for the hatch require a little ingenuity, but nothing others haven't solved for us, time and again.
|Pram Style Tents|
This one from mollusctents.com... check 'em out!
Pram style tents have hoops that go to a common point, and rotate around that point. They can be fully or partially erected for anywhere from stowed flat to full coverage.
Hoops don't have to be round, as shown here... they can be more or less squared off to clear rectangular hatches when stowed (with maybe a little arc on the upper edge for rain shedding).
These have been used on boats very successfully for small hatch openings (JESTER pram hoods by 'Blondie' Hasler and Scott McCleod), and for large, open spaces (TIKI tents by James Wharram).
Advantages are quick and easy set-up, many intermediate positions and fold-flat for low windage.
|Lightweight Emergency Shelter|
by Patrick Wharram
Alongside a hatch, a pair of tracks can guide slides at the bottom of the hoop Vees. This can be extruded aluminum or DIY wood T- or C- track. Like the pram style tent, this can be erected fully or partially, depending on conditions. Again, hoops can be squared off if desired.
|Framed Structures on WATERPOD|
Note fabric biminies and domes on framed structures
Here we see a fairly complex set of frames that spread fabrics along over the decks of WATERPOD. These can range from very simple to very complex (the actual build sports a geodesic dome!).
Frames can be multi-purposed to provide security for the crew, mount solar panels and other gear, even support rigging. Fabric can be stretched over set frames in different ways, depending on conditions.
Here's another example... a fishing boat from Lago Maggiore, Italy:
So lots of options, not to mention just setting up a regular old tent on the flat deck.
Pop up tents can be tailored to the weather... open and airy in the heat. Cozy and insulated in the cold and wet. They may be aided and abetted by pop up or inflatable furniture - chairs, loveseats, tables, bunks and shelving - all deployed and arranged for the needs of the day.
Flexible spaces for changing needs.