An Ohio-based company SmithFly, has made it possible to sleep in a tent, on water. This tent is a water lover’s dream, as it eliminates hard tent floors and allows you to drift to sleep easily with the flow of the current.
SmithFly suggests using the Shoal Tent, the world’s first floating tent to camp on “your favorite farm ponds, saltwater flat, spring creek, or Eddie on your favorite river” and the products description: “ehe tent topper sides all attach and detach using heavy duty hook and loop for the ability to use just the top and get in and out easily through the sides if the need arises suddenly”.
The tent is approximately eight feet by eight feet, measured from outside to outside. A person 6’3” tall can lay down or stand up in the middle. At just 75 pounds, it can easily be folded up to fit inside a burrito-shaped storage bag which is approximately 60″ x 24″ x 18″.
The “six inch thick drop stitched” floor acts like an air mattress, the tent fabric is waterproof and the floor is said to inflate to 10 pounds per square inch (psi), and the tubes inflate to three psi making the base of the floating tent an inflatable raft, which is covered by a tent topper.
The tent is reported as inflatable, requires no poles and the structure can withstand high winds. The Shoal Tent comes with a storage bag, manual foot pump, and patch kit just in case your tent is punctured.
The company, which launched in 2010, was founded by designer and fly fisherman Ethan Smith. One of SmithFly’s missions is to preserve the environment while producing multi-generational products that appeal to all customers.
The Shoal Tent costs $1,499 and is available to pre-order online. Though the floating tents are not in stock yet, the first batch will be unveiled in December 2017 or January of 2018.
This tent will revolutionize camping, how it’s done and what it has to offer. Do you need any other excuse to break out your kayak and paddle board to use as transportation to and from your tent on water?