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This Tent-Raft Mashup Lets You Drift Off to Sleep on the Waves | National Geographic ctm magazine

The world’s first combination tent-raft will soon be available for those who dream of sleeping on the waves.
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You may have never thought, “I really wish I could sleep on this river, but I need protection from the elements.” But if the idea of camping out on gently rolling waters sounds intriguing, the Shoal Tent might make for a pleasant, albeit a bit pricey, floating retreat. You won’t be using this model on Class V rapids, but it is waterproof and, according to the company SmithFly, able to handle strong winds.

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This Tent-Raft Mashup Lets You Drift Off to Sleep on the Waves | National Geographic

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  • Señor Villarruel on October 26, 2017

    Parent trap did it first buddy.

  • Sec. A A on October 26, 2017

    Flood victims

  • Fullback Mig on October 26, 2017

    it's ideal for fishing all night on the calm water of the lake

  • thangnguyen02 on October 26, 2017

    1:08 "Would only happen if you used the equipment with no regard to *safety*"
    Uhm.. have you met 'Muricah'???? Just look at how US approaching "guns". Duhhh
    On a second thought. This way Darwin concept can play out with minimal collateral damage. Go ahead then.

  • Tom101010 on October 26, 2017

    How good is it as soon as you get a hole or a leak?

    Cool idea but I can't see this working, it's just not practical enough, I'll stick to using my hammock and tarp set up, also it looks huge and a pain in the ass to transport, basically you'll need a car to move it to your desired location.

  • Zom Bee Nature on October 26, 2017

    What if…
    [begin Jaws music]
    …you were carried out to sea?

    Everyone, please watch my little nature videos. There is no talking in them. Shhh!

  • Iyorozu Maywane on October 26, 2017

    Definitely not a good idea

  • Gerard Ian De Sagun on October 26, 2017

    meh. if you can find a way to sell it for less than a hundred bucks. maybe $80 so i can still get 20 bucks worth of herb

  • Loko Morroco on October 26, 2017

    5 fresh water crocodiles will enjoy me looking like a Skinned hippo whilst i float down the river fast asleep

  • Liam Hobkirk on October 26, 2017

    It’s a fucking life raft for boats. That ain’t a tent smh

  • Ben Masta on October 26, 2017

    It seems like this product is just like adding sea-sickness to sleeping in a tent lol

    I mean you could drift into the middle of nowhere (if something came loose) or somewhere dangerous, you could capsize if the weather picked up, something might get into the tent and you could capsize trying to get it out of there, something could swim up to it to investigate and pierce it trying to get on, i can think of unlimited reasons why you should just sleep on the ground and that there are no benefits to sleeping on a raft.

    i dunno… i feel like this tent is so impractical to the max and anyone who buys it will only use it that one time that it takes to find out why no one chooses to sleep on rocky, unstable and undependable surfaces lol

  • Sharon Jose on October 26, 2017

    Wow it is able to withstand high wind also.

  • Savage Savant on October 26, 2017

    Crocodiles love Soft-shell taco's!

  • trcndc2 on October 26, 2017

    it better have some good ass mosquito nets

  • Airwipe on October 26, 2017


  • Airwipe on October 26, 2017

    I would hate if a drop even got in there of water when getting in

  • Lewis Doherty on October 27, 2017

    After the tug boat pushes a row of barges over you while you sleep, the barge crew wonders, did we just run over a buoy?

  • moza arsenal on October 27, 2017

    And become easy target for the crocs…

  • Charlotte Bankston on October 27, 2017

    Would not hold up to Texas rivers!! Maybe a backyard pond or small man-made lake?

  • علي الهاشمي on October 27, 2017

    نشونال جوكرفيك رائعه جدا

  • Elizabeth Schlosser on October 30, 2017

    Sittin on the dock of the bay…..

  • Cyril Gomez on October 30, 2017

    first for u westerners maybe

  • Sakonema on October 30, 2017

    Let's see how a girl goes for a pee from it in the middle of night.

  • TheRds797 on November 2, 2017

    I'd like to see this in Lake Okeechobee lol

  • The Big Gooch on November 2, 2017

    Me and my dad made this when I was 12.

  • koo koo on November 15, 2017

    So when you wakeup.. you will be inside crocodile stomach

  • S R on November 28, 2017

    Mean while in Canada on the great lakes close to the beach, would be an okay idea… then again luckily we don't have alligators or crocs. Sleeping in it would be a definite and absolute NO. Only because I don't think I could…. so if national geographic wants to send me one to try out XD I'm not saying I wouldn't subscribe to their magazines. PS. $1500k …. you put a tent on a raft, I did the same thing with my seahawk 3 except it looks more like a boat than this. Price tag doesn't fit item.

  • The LOST Joker on November 28, 2017

    As much as I like this, it seems like a death trap

  • Todd Kaiser on December 9, 2017

    Did you ever see the episode of Fred Flintstone when he had a floting raft house, You just reminded me of it.

  • Todd Kaiser on December 9, 2017

    Did you ever see the episode of Fred Flintstone when he had a floting raft house, You just reminded me of it.

  • DannyJane on May 30, 2018

    This is one really stupid idea. Think, please.

    1. That tent does not seem to have any mooring capability. No place to tie to the shore. So…
    2. Where, exactly, do you plan to cook dinner?

    3. Where, exactly, are you going to go to the bathroom?

    4. So you are freefloating near your car and other belongings and you go to sleep. Where, exactly, do you think you're going to wake up–and while we're on the subject…

    5. Even if you remembered to bring an oar, seeing as you have only the door to see out from so how, exactly, do you plan to get back?

    6. Why would you spend $1500 for a very small tent when you can go to literally ANY sporting goods store–or Amazon–and get completely outfitted for less than $500?

    Stupid idea. Stupid, stupid idea.

  • Ever wanted to wake up drowning? We've got you covered!

  • Koda_51 on July 23, 2018

    This safe for a river fested with crocs?

  • Cole I on August 22, 2019

    Who else is here from h3h3

  • Rockabilly Rhino on August 22, 2019

    F.I.B.I. For Idiots By Idiots

  • MikeFLc on August 22, 2019

    That is the dumbest tent in the world. Whoever buys that tent is a fkn moron

  • Celestial Ivory on September 13, 2019

    Birdbox…..in a tent. 👌🏼

  • Candy on September 18, 2019

    Where was this when i needed it in bird box?

  • Apollo Rezonate on October 13, 2019

    Where can I buy this tent?

  • coolnegative on January 6, 2020

    First inflatable maybe, but far from the the first "tent boat." There was a time when major water arteries like the Mississippi would have commonly had drift boats or other floating platforms with canvas or animal hyde tents on board for many reasons.

  • Waimea Guyz on February 3, 2020

    if you have to go pee, guess you bring a portapotty.

  • mrdilligaf1968 on March 29, 2020

    Not recommended for Northern Australia. Big lizards would like to play with that while you sleep

  • Joel Vander Lugt on April 6, 2020

    How to get back to shore: YOU CANT.

  • alex hall on June 23, 2020

    Add a simple dinghy grapnel anchor and rope… Set camp on somewhere like Loch coruisk at the foot of the cuillin mountain or flat water lake… You have a heavenly night… This is a wonderful concept…. Apply natural genuine comment sense and park on a safe lake… It won't be a safety risk…. I love this floating tent…. All the simple joys come to those who use things wisely.

  • Mt. Theodore Alan on August 12, 2020

    I actually like the idea, but so many fears plague my brain. It's like I wanna be comfortable, but there's a that slight percentage that I can't allow myself to get to comfortable due to potential dangers.

  • BiketripsETC on September 27, 2020

    If you camp on a lake and anchor it; you would probably be ok. You should also have some kind of sensor that can tell you if the tent is punctured..or losing pressure too fast. You definitely dont want to end up drowning in your sleep… On the positive side, this tent could prevent you from being attached by wild life, other than alligators. The color of this tent is a bit creepy and in your face.

  • Mort Schubert on July 1, 2021

    Not a clever idea, to float like that on a river. But good if anchored somewhere securely.

  • Maja on February 8, 2022

    why does national geographic advertise this?

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