Wow, you did get that close! It looks nice. I hope it works for you.
Make sure it doesn't come loose when you wriggle, turn over, swing, etc in the hammock. In other words, use it carefully while you test it out.
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I have wondered if, instead of using whoopie slings you make a CRS(?) in combination with your ridge line... assuming your ridge line is made from amsteel as well. The bury is actually in the ridge line near each end of your hammock. Then you would need a metal ring at each gathered end to feed the sling through, so it doesn't pull sideways against the bury of the CRS.
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This is my method as well. A chain link, or rope loop, is fixed in the channel of my hammock via a Lark's head knot. More and more often I'm finding that my site selection and strap length allows me to bypass the Whooopie more times than not; however, it is nice to have the Whoopies when necessary.
This is a method I describe in my book.
I also have minimal buries and short Whoopies, as over time, I've found what length works for the areas I frequent. I make my own Whoopies and my eye splices are small. I've seen some Whoopies with a 4-6 in. (10-15 cm.) eye and an 8 in. (20 cm.) bury. My eye loop is about 1.5 in. (4 cm.) and 4 in. (10 cm.) tapered bury. For me, the eye need only be large enough to tie a Lark's head knot, and the hole really only needs to be big enough to thread the Whoopie back through itself, so small is fine. The bury does need to be sufficient to hold under weight, so be careful with minimal buries.
Carrying a few chain links is hardly a weight penalty.
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This is one of the reasons I went with the Loopy Line, I can shorten them to half the length of the bury.
Last edited by gd___; 01-08-2012 at 01:57.
Oh, that's very cool. That might be something to consider down the line for sure.
I posted this in the whoopie sling sticky the other daybut this is the thread that got me thinking of this solution. Should get the minimum length down to less than half of a convetional whoopie without reducing the bury lengths.
The main dowside with whoopie slings that I have read about on here is the minimum length that can be acheived. Well I've made one with a change that allows it go much shorter.
I built the constrictor section into the fixed eye. This means the fixed eye is a bit longer than normal but means the constrictor section bends around adding only half it's length to the line (while incorporating the fixed eye length). The whoopie loop can now be adusted to the point where the fixed eye bury starts to go into the constrictor. So the overall length can get down to half the constrictor length plus half the fixed eye bury length.
You also end up with two lengths of rope for the ull length of the sling so could potetially use a lower rated rope for the same strength.
The downside is you can't larks head the fixed eye to the hammock.
i have never done it,but i remember reading this idea on here.instead of hooking the whoopie to your marlin spike you go around it,then back towards the middle were you attach to your other whoppie useing a nacra,carabiner,stick,one of your whoopies is openable ect.you could also skip the marlin spike and just wrap your webbing around tree a few times and slide the whoopie between tree and web as shown on left.you should be able to have the trees almost touching each side of the hammock with this method.
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