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Old 07-21-2013   #1
 
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Sleeping on Raft

18 1/2 foot X 8 foot raft. Plan on setting up raft with "option" for two to sleep on boat in calm protected area. Do folks prefer sleeping raft's length or width?

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Old 07-21-2013   #2
 
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I sleep perpendicular to the boat. Simply because thats the direction the bays align and I have a full width platform over the first bay big enough to fit a paco pad.

A friend of mine uses a 'roll-o-cot' on his raft. He adjusted his frame bay spacing so the legs of the cot land on some extra tee fittings on the cross bars. He sleeps parallel to the tubes.

As far as getting a good nights rest I don't think it matters.
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Its real easy for a paddle raft. Just deflate the thwarts and you've got yourself a xxl air mattress.
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I built a platform for my 14' setup and we sleep lengthwise. Can inly fit 2 people. A little more gear to carry, but It worked out nicely in the dead of summer on deso.

On an 18 it may not matter, but crossing over sleeping bodies in the night would be my concern about going across the width of the boat...
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I sleep lengthwise on the 14' er and cross wise on the 18' er due to my elongated body shape...

Anyone 6' or so and under should be able to fit cross wise in a 14' craft.
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Hi,

I like sleeping sideways, and find it a bit easier to set up with the way I normally rig my boats. But I've lost two pillows to the river that way.

When I rig my bed longways my pillow is safe, and I can pitch my tent very nicely long-ways on the boat if needed. So that's what I find myself doing more often.

FWIW.

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A light weight mesh bag for putting the offending pillow in, coupled with a rope or cam strap fashioned as a leash solves the wandering head rest problem..... Sideways. I'm lazy.
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Thank you kind folks for your input. I am also planning on utilizing roll-a-cots for 2 to sleep on the boat. Frame is 82 inches wide so can go either way. The idea is that with the 15 inch legs of the cots, gear can be spanned without a lot of reorganization. Trying to keep it lightweight and simple. Intent is to utilize a full width bimini top (stainless tube version) and with some additional support also be used for the tent frame use. Sleeping on the boat is only considered an "option".
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Its real easy for a paddle raft. Just deflate the thwarts and you've got yourself a xxl air mattress.
Another way to do it with a paddle raft is to flip the boat upside down when you get to camp. By the time dinner is done the bottom is dry and there is room for two without having to deflate/inflate the thwarts.
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Hi Sleighr,

I thrash around and go from side to side all nite to alleviate the arthritic pain in my shoulders (all you young kayakers wait -- your turn is coming), and so the pillow is in jeopardy all the time.

The only reason I haven't lost another one is that I had my wife sew a loop on the corner of the nice fleece pillowcase she made for me, so I could put a tether line on it.

FWIW, which admittedly isn't much.

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