Would it be possible to use canoe paddles - and eventually some cords and beach stakes - to hang a bug net such as this?

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Our paddles will be about 2 meters (6.5 feet) long and can be split in half, like this:

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Ideally, we'd like to keep the paddles outside of the net.

  • @aucuparia provided both common examples like you would do if you had trekking poles or sticks. Of course, if there are any trees next to the beach, just tossing a line over a branch could be even easier.
    – topshot
    Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 14:17

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Using canoe paddles to rig tarp shelters seems to be a common practice (e.g. see here or here). I would rig them as in the diagram below - as for an A-frame tarp shelter. I would expect you would need more than 1m height for the centre of the net so I would use the paddles whole not split.

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The two paddles are on end, pointing up, with the top ends connected by a length of cord. Two further lengths of cord run from the top of each paddle at roughly 120 degrees to the centre cord, down to anchors on the ground.

This will give you plenty of height, though you will also need lots of space to set it up. A more compact setup may be possible with the two paddles lashed together at one end forming an inverted V over the bug net, and then a cord running from an anchor on one side to the point of the V and back down to an anchor on the other side (giving you something like a square pyramid). This provides much less height however.

Disclaimer: I am not a canoeist (I camp under a tarp on walking/running trips) so I don't know how well your paddles will stand up to this kind of abuse. A lightweight porous insect net shouldn't need a lot of tension on the cords however, so I would not expect any problems.

  • We do something similar for kitchen tarps - a vertical paddle acting as a pole, with guy lines leading down from the tarp to the ground. You might want something soft to put between the paddle and the net (eg a folded small towel) if it's likely to be windy, so that it's less likely to slip out as the tarp or net shifts. Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 16:18

My buddy just sent me this picture. enter image description here

But he didn't want to send me more detailed pics or a drawing. I'll keep this answer up to date whenever I'll have more details.

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