although kinda new in the world o' hammocks I am already planing to make myselfe an UQ. The basic plan is this turorial for a DIY IX-Underquilt altered to my specifications.
I am planning a 3-season UQ, for the whole, diagonally-lying me, main use: backyard and sailing-yacht, so weight and bulkyness are not my first concern. The outside of the UQ will be silnylon, the inner liner will be fleece. The UQ should be pretty cosy up to (or rather down to) 40°F/5°C.
First problem: no IX here in Germany.
Because I don't want to spoil fine material at the first try, I am thinking about taking an old synthetik quilt, I put back for guests some time ago, as insulation. It is about an inch thick and about 72x50" wide. The dimensions are ok but I am wondering about two things:
The liner of the old quilt seems to be cotton. Do you think, the cotton will become damp (and than cold)? Yesterday I sewed in some darts and hanged it under my hammock, attached with paracord, just to test it. When it became clammy in the evening, the outside of the old quilt felt pretty cool... . I am wondering, if this could become a mayor problem, especially at sea.
I am thinking about climashield as an alternative (what would double the costs). Does anyone know climashield good enough, to give me advise? I can get it 1" or 3/4" thick. How many layers do I need? One 1" thick, two 3/4", two 1"? I like sleeping IN the cold, but with a nice, warm quilt or sleeping bag.
As seen above, I will alter the Dimensions of the UQ as well. At the middle it should be around 50x70" (130x180cm). I am planning to sew darts (12"/30cm long) at both ends, that will reduce the 50" to about 35"/90cm. Is that enough or should I go for about 30"/80cm?
Thats it for a start, any comments, for pitfalls of the tutorial, also, etc. very, very welcome!