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    Senior Member dufus934's Avatar
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    Need Tarp Design Help!

    I want to make a tarp, but I'm not sure about what design to make. Is a rectangular tarp the best way to do for something easy and functional? I have also looked at an asym design, but I don't know what the advantages of this type of design would be. I guess may questions are this

    1.) What are the advantages of an asym tarp?
    2.) Is there any designs that are more versitile than a rectangular design.
    3.) What demensions do I need to make my tarp to get full rain protection?
    (I'm 6'1" and my hammocks are usuall 10' long)
    4.) Do you make the tie out points gromets or something else?
    Guess that's it for now. Thank you all for your help and knowledge. It has been a huge help in me learning about hammocking!
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    Kyle
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    1. Asym tarp? Do you mean a diagonal design? If so, you need to do a lot of geometry to get the diagonals right. Amanda hates it, that is why she doesn't make tabernacle tarps anymmore. They do offer a long ridgeline, but side coverage is iffy sometimes.

    2. Retangular tarps are very easy to sew, as far as designs that are more versatile? I don't think so. You can add cat curves in it, it makes it a little more difficult to sew, but the setup is tighter.

    3. That is completly up to you, some are fine with 8X10, I like the 10X12, and yet others do the sil poncho thing at 5X8. To get full rain protection I like the 10X12. You can close the ends to help with spray, and the extra space makes it comfortable to be under for an extended period of time. The JRB winter tarp is good, the Speers Winter Tarp is great, and the Cathedral that my wife makes is good too. I like the design of the Speers, but we didn't want to copy youngblood's design. The Speer's winter tarp "doors" are really designed well.

    4. Most of us use webbing for the tieouts. If you use grommets and they are not supported real well, then you end up tearing your fabric. You would be better off using crossgrain webbing, or any spare webbing you have.

    Look at all the pics, and see what you think will work best for you. That is the great thing about making your own gear. Good Luck!

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    A lot of folks here have used these directions to make their own tarps.


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    Where does this link take me to? I can't get to it, it sounds like it some account has been disabled. Is anyone else having this problem? And is there another place to get this info?
    God Bless,
    Kyle
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    I think it was supposed to be the black cat instructions, and yes it appears suspended
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    well, its a good thing I printed them off so I could have a hard copy. The design looks awesome, but seems like it'll take a long time to make. Is it really as hard as it looks?
    God Bless,
    Kyle
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    Deep water faith in the shallow end and we are caught in the middle
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    But will we trade our dreams for His or are we caught in the middle" - Casting Crowns

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    I have to admit it took me quite a few hours to make my black cat. It makes me appreciate it more. It isn't too difficult, but those seems are long and it takes a long time to go around 6 sides. Especially when you aren't too sure of yourself and and sew the rolled hem in 2 steps Like I was on the cat cuts. I would say if you are looking for it to be easy, square and rectangles are still very good tarps.
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    I like my cat tarp I made using those directions. My next tarp is going to be a rectangular tarp. I think with a hex cut cat tarp I loose too much protection on the ends. I have a 10' hammock and a 12' tarp on the ridgeline.

    My thinking on the rect tarp is to make it 12' long by 8' wide. Then put 4 tie outs per side like the speer tarp. That way I can close the ends off. I am starting to think that wind protection is the biggest thing for me in staying warm. Hanging the tarp high will make it so the extra length on the corners when the tarp is closed won't matter.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Sorry, the link was working when I posted. It must have been suspended very shortly afterwards...


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    My .02

    I just made my first tarp, which was a copy of the MLD hammock tarp and is basically a "diamond" shape. I have always slept in tents, and even though this tarp is bigger than the stock tarp on a HH, it still doesn't seem like enough coverage to me. I believe I can make it work for days that I don't expect rain, but the idea of having to go through a serious deluge under that tarp doesn't sound too fun to me...

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