OK ... so I've made a few hammocks, nothing to write home about, but they were ok .... and I've read DIY threads until I'm half blind ...... so, although I'm a bit aprehensive, I'm going to start my new Tarp and Hammock project this weekend.
I'm see sawing back and forth between Maccat Micro clone and Long Asym .... but I think the Maccat Micro clone is winning. I've scored some 68" wide 30d Double coated Sil from Seattle Fabrics and I'm basing the tarp on the DIY small hex tarp thread on this site. However, I'm going to add some length to compensate for the new hammock design and make it 144 inches long before cutting. I hope to get a tarp somewhere in between the Maccat standard and micro.
This was a tough decision with all the great info and projects out there. I've built a Headchange4U Hennesy clone (on a diet) but didn't care for the DIY slit in the bottom I decided to add to it ... it was great up until then.
I've modified my GT Ultra with HH style tie outs to go with the HH tarp, however, realizing that the Ultralight is not ripstop, and seeing as I just put a whole bunch of holes in the fabric, I don't think I want to trust this thing out in the backcountry .... perhaps a car camping trip first?
I've read and reread the BB clone and the gathered end clone threads, however, I have decided on a Hybrid design of the Switchback, a gathered end hammock, and the HH clone.
Starting with a 24 ft of 1.1 ounce 60 inch Ripstop from Backwoodsdaydreamer (Great service by the way), I'm going to cut two matching parallelograms 11 ft long with 12 inches (triangles) off the ends on opposite sides. Each side will be 11 ft long, but offset from each other by 1 ft. Add a zippered Bugnet to one side.
Following that I am going to do headchange4U's HH clone fold and whip the ends.
Clator type bugnet. Still debating ... a separate bug net with shock cord around the bottom sounds attractive as well simply for the ease of assembly.
6 ft whoopies are already complete.
With luck this should provide a very comfortable flat lay in a quick built, but very robust, reasonably light package.
Lastly .... modified black bishop style sacks for both the tarp and the hammock. When I say modified I'm going to make the bishop sacks with two compartments in each. Open the drawstring on one end and you'll find the whoopie sling and treehugger for one end of the hammock. the Whoopie will pass through a "bottom" into the second, larger compartment where the Hammock, second whoopie sling and tree hugger will reside. Same for the tarp and tarp ridgeline.
I don't know if anyone has done this before (I suspect so), but I see the advantage of putting up the "blind" end suspension then being able to pull the hammock body out of the sack as you walk away from the tree, making it easier to keep the hammock off the ground, gaining at least one of the positive aspects I like about snake skins in a bishop sack.
A separate bugnet (if I go this way) would ride in the bottom of the larger compartment on the bishop sack, prethreaded on the whoopie sling .. that way it can be deployed easily from the bishop sack over the hammock if required, but left stowed if not.
I'll post pictures as I go in this thread.