I'm heading out on Saturday for a week-long trip and want to use my Claytor again. After some lessons learned from my first hang, I've redone the hammock and tarp supports so now I have this:
Tree -> 12' Strapworks 1" poly strap held with carabiner -> cinch buckle -> 1/8" Amsteel Blue cord in Prusik knot -> Hammock support channels.
My question is, how should I be attaching the Amsteel cord to the hammock channels? My first guess is from looking at the SLS post, I could just use a double fisherman's bend to make the cord into a loop, and then feed the loop through the channel, and up and over the cinch buckle and cinch it down to the hammock. The other option would be to feed one side of the cord through the channel, and then tie a double fisherman's bend to make it into a loop that is permanently attached to the hammock.
The first way has 2 pieces of cord going through the channels, the second has 1. So I would think the first is stronger. However, the first way cinches the gathered hammock end down tight, whereas the second wouldn't cinch it up nearly as much.
I'm told that the 1/8" amsteel blue cord can hold everything on a single length of cord, so which should I do?
Also, I'm thinking about using a 10' length of the Amsteel Blue 1/8" to make a structural ridgeline on the hammock. What should I tie the ends to? I unfortunately didn't order enough Amsteel Blue to make a SLS, but I will most likely go to that at some point. I'm just going to try the ridgeline once and see how I like it. I would guess I just tie the end to the rope going from my hammock to the cinch buckles, but that is going to pull that rope at a wierd angle I think. I don't think there is enough room to tie it right to the cinch buckles.
Oh, and as an update, I've also replaced the stock rope and knots for the tarp with Excel Pro and Figure 9's.
Oh! and here's a picture from my first hang!