Right now I have two hammocks: A Clark Jungle Hammock Ultralite, and an off-brand silk "parachute" hammock. I'm not totally satisfied with either one, so I'm thinking of my own. The Clark is nice, but the bug netting can be a bit much, and I usually prefer my own tarp over the included one. The silk hammock is better, but I always slide to one end, and it just doesn't feel safe.
My idea is to buy some 1.9oz silnylon (roughly 60"/9ft), and use some rock climbing strength webbing to tie the ends off. I think I'll use a double sheet bend with some back-up knots, and tie the other end off to make a loop, which I can then use with my slap straps.
Am I getting enough fabric? I am 6' 2", and with a gathered end hammock, I don't know what length I should go for.
Will the double sheet bend hold? As an Eagle Scout, I trust my knots, but I want to be extra careful. Should I consider whipping the end and then using a girth hitch?
What improvements could be made to my design? Would an integrated stuff sack, a ridgeline, or something else help? Please chime in with suggestions.
How compatible is this with accessories? Will an underquilt fit? Is there anything I should be worried about on that account?
Is there a cheaper way to do this? I haven't graduated high school yet, and I'm an honors student (too busy for a job), so I'll be operating off gift money.
Thanks for all the help! I can't wait to hear some feedback!