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    Doubles Hammock?

    Has anyone tried to make a doubles hammock? Any luck?

    I was thinking of making a doubles hammock for my wife and myself. Together we weigh under 300lbs. I was thinking of using 1.9oz Ripstop and 1.5" webbing with 1500lb spectra. We have slept in an HH ULBA and it seemed to hold us fine, so I was thinking 120"x60".

    EDIT: I am open to just a discussion on this. Even if you haven't made one let me know your ideas and what you think. Do you think 1.9oz is enough for <300lbs? Do you think the 1500lb spectra will hold? Do you think the 1.5" webbing from Speer is strong enough? etc.
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    I would try what Jeff's working on - basically two hammocks hemmed together at one edge (I think). I don't think I'd like laying right on top of somebody, even my wife Just doesn't sound too comfortable.

    You've both been in a ULB?? You're a lot braver than I am! Suspension-wise, I'd definitely go with Ed's 1.5" webbing. As far as cordage, I'd just "step-up" a notch on the breaking strength - as you mentioned, 1500 lbs. should be OK. I might go a bit higher to to be safe. And 1.9 oz. should be enough for the body material. Assuming you're making it wider (see above) the stresses shouldn't be much different than for a single occupant.
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    It was interesting in the HH ULBA, the hammock seemed to make its own separating barrier in the middle. I actually disliked that. Travel Hammocks has a double, I should see their dimensions.

    Edit: Travel Hammock double dimensions: 10’ 5” x 6’ 5”

    I don't think I can find one piece of material that wide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lvleph View Post
    It was interesting in the HH ULBA, the hammock seemed to make its own separating barrier in the middle. I actually disliked that. Travel Hammocks has a double, I should see their dimensions.

    Edit: Travel Hammock double dimensions: 10’ 5” x 6’ 5”

    I don't think I can find one piece of material that wide.
    Material width is definitely a problem. I think doubling up and hemming in the middle is probably the easiest solution. You'll probably want to use Jeff's "W-whipping" so you have SOME separation in the middle. You don't want to be rolling over on one another all night!
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    I think Eds 1.5 " webbing is rated to 350#s so you should have no problems with that. BD
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    I want to try and see if we both can lay in the orange hammock that I made. It is 60" wide, but is on the short side. I am not sure if it would really tell me anything, since it is short.

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    I am still working out the whole whipping and gathering things on my single hammocks. But I think that might be something to look into.

    If you had something really wide, then broke that down into 2 sections 1 for each person. Then gathered it so that the middle seperating them was pulled extra tight. Than gathered both halfs seperately like you would a single hammock. That might give you the 2 distanct zones for sleeping.

    If that doesn't work you could try a spreader bar with the same idea.
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    Well, I just ordered some 1.9oz fabric. I have decided to try out the 60" width. If it is not wide enough that just means I will need to make it narrower for a single person hammock. I have also, decided my other two hammocks were too short and ordered some 1.1oz fabric. I figure if Chantelle is coming with me we can take the 1.9oz and if she is not I use the 1.1oz. If the 1.9 is not wide enough then no big deal we will have one robust hammock and one that is for my normal use on solos. I will use the fabric from the other two to make two jackets or something. I will also make one BlackCat (but Grey) and then make have my smaller tarp for solo use.

    Edit: I also decided to make the double hammock 132"x60". I think the extra length will help with how flat it can lay and then maybe we won't be right on top of each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    Looking at Hennessy's site, the

    SAFARI DELUXE A-SYM HEX

    4lbs.8oz.(1650 g)/350 lbs.
    The Safari Deluxe was developed for people who like really big hammocks. This is our deepest and widest and most comfortable hammock for larger people or even for cozy couples whose combined weight does not exceed 350 lbs. This model includes a a double wide hex shaped fly. Ideal for car camping, boat camping, out at the cottage or in the back yard.

    The specs:

    Specifications

    * Weight: 4 lbs 8 oz. / 1650 gr.
    * Weight limit: 350 lbs.
    * Suspension System: 10' long 3000 lb. test polyester covered nylon ropes - 2" wide x 42" long nylon webbing straps called "tree huggers
    * Hammock dimensions: 112" x 52"
    * Hammock fabric: 210 D oxford nylon
    * Canopy dimensions: 12' on ridgeline, 10" wide Hex shaped
    * Canopy fabric: 1.9 oz. 70D Polyeurethane coated Rip-stop polyester
    * Mesh: 1 oz. 20 D No-See-Um netting
    * Stuff sack: Logo and set up instructions printed on ripstop nylon bag.
    * Set-up-time: 3 minutes
    * Packed size : 7" x 12"
    * Suggested retail price: $199.00 US

    I have never used the Safari, so cannot attest as to it's use with two people, but if the blurb can be believed then 60" should be wide enough.

    Also, note that a Queen size mattress is 60" wide. Of course the sides on the mattress do not curl up. But even at that, 60" is plenty wide for 2 people and they don't even have to touch.
    112" x 52" is the hammock size but not the fabric size. The Safari Deluxe asym is 144" X 60" check the comparison guide for fabric dimensions.

    Edit: My wife and I always say our Queen size mattress is too large. My dogs don't seem to think so.
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    I think that double hammock is a normal width material down the middle, with ~12" panels sewn down each long side.
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