Just for some clarification, my hammock is the UL version; 105" max.
After re-reading the instructions, there must be some subjectivity when it comes to the word "taut". From my perspective, the bug net never did get "taut". So, the suspension was banjo strung then relaxed slightly. The distance between the primary rings was a mystery until I got home, used the same hanging technique, and could measure. I was shocked! It is a testament to the quality of the gear to survive that manner of misuse.
My employer put me in the QA lab because of my ability to inadvertently destroy things. I think I will keep the ridgeline connected to, hopefully, protect the equipment.
Still shakin' it Boss, still shakin' it.