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    Is the image of the dimensions blurry to you folks too, or is it just me?



    I'm trying get a better feel on the dimensions so I can order some sil and have a better idea on where to cut.
    "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." -D'Signore's, Tide Mill Farm, Edmunds, Maine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadphans View Post
    Is the image of the dimensions blurry to you folks too, or is it just me?



    I'm trying get a better feel on the dimensions so I can order some sil and have a better idea on where to cut.
    Art you by chance using tapa talk. It shows up blurry for me too. I think Tapatalk doesn't realize its a thumbnail and so you loose detail. You just need to open it in browser.


    http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/4/2/3/beakv2-dimensions2.jpg

    Or display the image using [ .. IMG ]. Url. [ ../URL. ]. (Minus all the "." and spaces.

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    Ahhh that's much better thank you!

    Yea I am using tapatalk
    "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." -D'Signore's, Tide Mill Farm, Edmunds, Maine.

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    I need to thank Grizz for his idea and videos.. Because of his genius I was able to make some myself and solve the problem we often deal with in the UK - wind with rain. Mine are roughly constructed and the colour does'nt match my Alpkit tarp so not pretty either.. but they work with light rain and wind all the same. You do have to be careful of water ingressing near the suspension opening but if I think of how wet you'd get without them, then that is only a small problem.

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    This is all really interesting.

    In terms of ultralight gear and multi-use gear, I wonder if something like this could also be used as a poncho and then skirt for wearing in sever weather.

    Packing the extra weight (and space) for the doors isn't super fun but if you can use it as a wind breaker and water gear it might be worth it.

    It is hard to justify packing in doors but in severe weather it would really be worth it to completely shut yourself inside your tarp.

    The wind is the major problem. A 30 MPH wind with lots of rain could easily chill you inside a tarp/hammock.

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    Ray Jardine has a good design for beaked tarps in "The Ultralight Hiker".

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    Thanks again for this amazing write up and diy idea.

    I see these dimensions work well for a Mac Cat Deluxe Hex tarp...what would need to be changed for a WL Big Daddy Tarp? Its just rectangular 10 (actually I believe 9.5) X 11 tarp - I am having trouble figuring out the math before I cut my materials.

    Thank you for the help.
    "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." -D'Signore's, Tide Mill Farm, Edmunds, Maine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadphans View Post
    ...what would need to be changed for a WL Big Daddy Tarp?...I am having trouble figuring out the math before I cut my materials...
    A paper model to scale only takes a few minutes to make and can save a lot of head scratching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    A paper model to scale only takes a few minutes to make and can save a lot of head scratching.
    I found it easier to set up my tarp in pitch that I would likely use in door conditions, then use a old cheap plastic drop cloth or bed sheet to work out a pattern in place. I found I had to shorten up the ground edge quite a bit to make it fit well. I thought the full sized model made it easy to see where the corners would end up and to adjust the final dimensions to what would work well for me, since I had never seen a beak in person.
    Jason
    "Avoiding math one day at a time"

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    Hey thank you much for the replies. It is a great idea, and one that I will plan on doing.

    Unfortunately all the trees in my back yard have HUGE widow makers due to Sandy and the freak October snowstorm, and I am very nervous about setting up under them. (Sorry JrPrince I know your patiently awaiting my UQ review!). So setting up in my back yard is out of the question for the time being. Also, unfortunately, where I live apparently does not believe in woods, and they put up strip malls and over price houses and name the streets after the trees that once stood instead . I have all the supplies ready to go and my DIY finger is so itchy!

    But I guess it is best to wait till I can get to a place to hang and measure everything out. I want to make my first attempt work flawlessly.

    Thanks again.
    "In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." -D'Signore's, Tide Mill Farm, Edmunds, Maine.

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