my previous boom tent, yet remains just as inexpensive and easy to construct. It fits and functions better, it's a little quicker to set up, and it's brighter inside. It also resolves some shortcomings that I discovered using the previous tent.
The most obvious improvement is the color. While cammo green may be ideal for Stealth Camping, it has the unfortunate affect of making the interior of the tent very dark. This new tent is made from white polytarp which is far brighter inside. I like the brightness a lot better.
After the boom tent is set up, I lower the gaff (which still has the mainsail lashed to it) down so it lies atop the boom, securing it in place with a bit of rope from the end of the gaff to the mizzen.
When not in use, I store the boom tent under the port seat. I added quarter-turn hatches to the front of bulkhead 5 to provide a new storage area for the rolled-up tent and boom crutch.
The tent can also serve as a sun shield on hot summer days by flipping one side over the boom (folding the tent in half along the boom). My Navigator sleeps one or two in comfort using my sleeping platform.
The tent performed well during the Pocket Yacht Palooza Crooza where it rained quite hard during the night.
Will there be a version 3? Probably - there is always room for improvement. I noticed a couple of small drips during the night (although it was raining very hard). They occurred around the gap at the aft end of the boom where it protrudes outside the tent, which can be eliminated. The tent could be made less drafty. It would be warmer at night if I had taken greater care in eliminating gaps between the tent and the deck around the front. The tent is starting to fray along the edges (I cut it with scissors). Next time I will trim it using a soldering iron to melt the edges and "cauterize" them. But overall I am quite pleased with the results.
You can download plans for the boom tent