Great site and great advise from everyone. Thank you for all that you share.
I am doing my research preparing to make my first. I think this will be a great alternative to tent camping for me. I am preparing to do some camping while touring on my motorcycle this year. So, weight is not a huge concern for me, since the bike will be handling the load.
I have purchased some parachute fabric from some dude in the UK. 10 meters by 48" wide. My concern is the width. From your site, you say that 48 will work, but wider is somewhat better. I am 6'2" 220lbs, so I want wide for room.
I havent seen anywhere in my readings where someone has actually stitched fabric to gain width. I was thinking about adding material to each side of the 48" strip to gain width. I am thinking that most of the load is contained in the middle of the width of the hammock (i.e. the 48" width) and the sides are less loaded. With this I am thinking that the seams would not be a problem.
Can you provide some input on my thinking? It sure would save me some learning by the school of hard knocks learning curve.
Thanks in advance. Oh, just to add some more info about my setup that I am planning.
I will be using tree huggers type straps with a beaner for the clip.
I am planning on using the rings for the connections from the straps to the hanging ropes.
I am planning on making a tarp. The Blackcat or something like that.
For the hammock, I was looking at the design for the HH that is also on this site. The instructions seem very complete for the asym set up.
I will make some snake skins.
I am planning just a bug net that drapes over the hammock and is not zippered or velcroed. I have seen designs that use small weights to get a seal. I'll try that first.
I have a closed foam pad that I will start with. I was thinking of putting a sleeve in the hammock to insert it into.
Oh and a load bearing ridge line.
That sums it up for my plans. Any suggestions on anything up there?