Some observations on the Byer Moskito Hammock, since I just bought two in an effort to make my own DIY hammock setup.
The hammock and bug net are approx. 6 ft 6 inches. The maze of strings at each end that the hammock hangs from are approximately 2 ft. long. So when hanging, the hammock itself is 10.5 to 12 ft., by my calculations (it stretches).
I made whoopie slings for my suspension. The whoopie slings I made have a Brummel fixed splice with approx. 5 inches of bury. There's another 5 inches of Amsteel before the "whoopie" adjustable loop starts. Since my tarp should provide coverage for the adjustable loop (which acts as a drip string), add another 10 inches on each side of the hammock that your tarp ridgeline will need to cover.
Therefore, your tarp better have a ridgeline of at least 14 ft., if not more. I'm currently considering shortening up the bury on the Brummel splice to 3.5 inches, and maybe only 3 inches to the adjustable loop (with 10 inch bury). That would add only 6.5 inches on each side, in addition to the hammock's length (11 to 12 ft), on the coverage I need from my tarp ridgeline.
I could also put in a hammock ridgeline and shorten up the hang of the hammock so I don't need so much tarp ridgeline coverage. This doesn't sound too appealing to me but I may not even notice the difference. I'll experiment some more to see if I could hang the Byer with ridgeline at 8 ft, giving me a foot of tarp coverage on each side for the Byer rope suspension and whoopies.
I bought the Grand Trunk Funky Forest tarp ($29.97 at http://www.bargainoutfitters.com
) under the impression it was a true 10x10 tarp. However, I'm suffering buyer's remorse and am afraid that this is not a true 10x10 tarp (which would give me 14 ft. of ridgeline according to the Pythagorean theorem).
My sons and I have experimented with ridgelines and never saw much of a need for one. We're not "princess and the pea" sleepers who need a perfectly repeatable hammock hang to get to sleep. I can't believe that I may now have to use a ridgeline just so it will keep me dry under my Funky Forest Tarp with my ultralong Byer hammock.
I thought this DIY hammock stuff was supposed to be easy. I'm glad I'm learning all this crap in the backyard before I head off to my Lake Lila, NY, five-day hammock hang next week with my sons. Field testing is much easier in the backyard than on a wilderness adventure.
I keep telling myself that this DIY stuff is more fun than buying some ready-made hammock system like Hennessy Hammocks (my other hammock). The problem is that DIY is a learning process, and learning costs money. I could have easily bought a complete Hennessy setup with the money I've spent on Amsteel Blue whoopie slings, tree huggers from http://strapworks.com
, Byer Moskito Hammock, and Funky Forest Tarp:
Two 8 ft. whoopie slings = $8.40
Two 8 ft. tree huggers = $5.20
One Byer Moskito Hammock = $35.00
One Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp = $35.00
You could say I made two DIY hammocks for $83.60 each, but that wouldn't count the money I spent experimenting with tent tarps from the garage, buying seam sealer ($7.99) and tarp repair kits ($5.99), or shock cord bought to suspend said tarps, or experimenting with blue tarps from Home Depot ($16.95). Those experiments didn't work out. If time is money, I've spent a fortune of my time on this DIY setup.
My HH Expedition Asym Zip is looking more and more like the quickest and most cost-effective way to get hanging quickly and more important, staying dry. My wife thinks I'm crazy because, as soon as there's rain in the forecast, I hang the Hennessy hammock in the back yard. There's nothing like the sound of rain on a tarp (that keeps me dry) to make me sleep like a baby.
Still, the Byer is a much more comfortable sleep than the Hennessy. If I ever get the hammock, tarp, and suspension system set up to suit me and keep me dry, I may love it more than my Hennessy.
Let's hope that it keeps raining in NJ so I can keep experimenting and get a rainproof system for the Byer Moskito Hammock before next week. If the Funky Forest Tarp doesn't work out, I can always use them for a group/cooking area. Tyvek is still an option if I can just find some locally (for free, or near so).