November 2011 Issue
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What better way to while away a lazy afternoon onboard than swinging in the breeze in a comfy hammock? While there are many different styles on the market that can be rigged for deck hanging, the Coolnet Hammock was designed to better accommodate the motion, rigging, and space restrictions of a sailboat. With an overall length of 8 feet, the Coolnet is 44 inches wide at the head, 22 inches at the foot and has an advertised capacity of 350 pounds. Our 6-foot, 1-inch tester was able to stretch out comfortably, but there wasn’t much room to spare.
The Coolnet is well constructed, with white-oak stretcher bars and 316 stainless-steel attachment rings. The white, loosely woven polyester rope is comfortable and provides plenty of air flow; it’s also advertised as UV, mildew, and rot resistant.
The Coolnet’s most unique feature is its three-point connection system, which was designed to offer greater stability and more mounting options than a traditional hammock. The Coolnet not only can be set up on the foredeck between the mast and forestay (a typical hammock location) but also outboard of the boom by securing the head and foot to the boom and securing the outboard support to a shroud. This setup also converts the hammock into a “porch swing” of sorts. Buyers have to provide their own lines for the supports, but the unit does come with a storage bag.
We found the Coolnet easy to set up and more stable than standard mesh hammocks. We also liked the versatility of being able to set it up on either side of the boom, which means we can easily hang more than one hammock at a time.
At $130, the Coolnet costs more than typical bag hammocks, but the price is competitive with other high-end products.