Originally Posted by pommychris
yeah the shelf is green in mine, it wasnt actually cut on a curve but with straigt lines, Ive never seen a flex or vertex so it was very much guess work on my part. a curve may make laying across the felled seem smoother to the feel but i really dont know. The foot end is one big gathered channel yes, its based more on the flex than the vertex in that regard, i dont think it effects stability as it still get fixed to the same attachment point (ie. a single tree) it also made the top cover slightly less confusing.
Ok, I've got the hammock body figured out now. Material's purchased and just waiting for me to have the time to cut & sew
Going with a double body bottom with zippers along the edges (like the Claytors) to put in our pads (we've got the Exped Downmats, and we really want to make them work
). Center divider I'm using pretty much exactly your drawing; the only difference is I'm going to have two separate ropes from the foot end as well. Going to run a piece of webbing along the head end for reinforcement, too -- I'll post a pic of that later, if anyone's interested.
I'm starting to think about how to attach the top cover now -- Here are my initial thoughts. I'm thinking at the head end to start with a rectangle of fabric that's as wide as the whole top end (48+48+24 = 120"), sewn along the edges before I gather the ends. The short sides of the rectangle will get sewn to the outer sides of the hammock, with webbing pockets for the poles sewn in between the top cover and the hammock body. I'll sew a 2" channel through the top cover to stick the pole in, and get my arc that way.
For the foot end, I'll do something similar, though it'll be shorter (48+48+6). Perhaps just tie it up to the foot end tree, rather than have a second pole. Bugnet will just be a big trapezoid that zips between them.
Second idea for top cover -- include structural ridgelines on both hammock bodies. Then, run full-length detachable zipper along each side, and just have a large removeable bugnet or weather cover. Crimp at the ends somehow; maybe have a third zipper that goes along the top edge of the center separator. Or I could do the same thing without ridgelines, and just add pull-outs like the claytor hammocks.
That's what I'm tossing around so far. Any thoughts/comments?