My idea was to build a tent over the canoe so that I could sleep in it and avoid the problem of trying to find places to camp on the river bank that were not private property. By placing two uprights, one at each end of the canoe, stretching a rope across them from bow to stern and draping a tarpaulin over, it started to take shape.
Everything worked well and I built a nice tent cover over the canoe. You can see from the next two pictures that a decent tent was taking shape.
I did this feat of engineering with the canoe sitting on the ground. Every move I made to drape the tarpaulin over the uprights and the rope caused the canoe to rock from one side to the other. When I‘m floating on the river this could mean that I end up tipping over and falling into the water. I really don‘t want to get wet and sleep in a wet sleeping bag so its back to camping.
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