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    How long can you go?

    I'm about to make yet another hammock. My hammocks keep getting longer and longer. I'm thinking of trying something really long like a 15 feet of fabric and going don from there. What are the advantages and disadvantages of going so long.

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    Obviously weight, though how much will depend on your fabric weight and width. Longer fabric will give you a lot more stretch, requiring higher attachment points and/or a tighter suspension. A longer hammock will also generally limit your site selection too.

    I'm not sure it's applicable for the sizes you're talking about, but one worry I had when thinking about this issue before was fabric strength...the further from the bunched ends the weight is placed, the weaker the fabric should be. I think. Might have to have a LOT bigger piece to notice the difference though. Just a thought.
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    I say go for it. You never know until you try.

    If the hammock it to long, stretchy, weighs to much, or generally doesn't work out in the way that you planned, you can always unwhip it and rip the seams and you are back to the original piece of fabric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    I say go for it. You never know until you try.

    If the hammock it to long, stretchy, weighs to much, or generally doesn't work out in the way that you planned, you can always unwhip it and rip the seams and you are back to the original piece of fabric.
    Oh I definitely agree...if you're not sure of the length you want, by all means make it really long, try it, and cut it down until you get the right size. I was just responding to the question about drawbacks...
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    I did just that. I started with 14' and worked my way down to 10'. That feels good to me. Plus too much larger than that and I need a longer tarp.
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