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    Dinghy Bridge

    As I mentioned in the thread describing the double hammock I'm currently working on, I cut my teeth first on a "normal" bridge hammock before jumping off the deep end.

    After 2 months of intense work, 6 months of doing nothing, and two more months of fine-tuning the suspension and making an underquilt, I'm proud to present the Dinghy bridge. The boat shape was an emergent property of the design; I was attempting to make a combination endcap/gear pocket la the Eureka Chrysalis.

    The hammock images are at imgur (click here). I have a bugnet that's sewn in on one side, with a zipper on the other three sides. My underquilt (3-layer differential-cut Insultex) is just tied on with mason line; I have since replaced the mason line with fixed length toggled shock cord loops that attach at the spreader bars.

    The storage pocket at the head end is formed by a wall sewn in with a drawcord installed; it's actually higher capacity than it looks, as the more stuff you add the higher it piles against the "bow" of the hammock. The pillow shown is pretty comfortable; I usually fold a fleece jacket and use that for warmth. The suspension triangles I made using TeeDee's modular suspension system; they attach to the ridgeline via a lanyard knot/solomon bar lock. This lets me hang up the ridgeline first & get it level before I insert the hammock.

    The suspension consists of 1" seatbelt webbing tree straps; currently I'm using two nacrabiners to secure them, though I will probably switch to just passing the free end of the webbing through the sewn-in loop. Dutch buckles provide a contact point for the two 6' whoopie slings that connect to the Dynaglide ridgeline (shown here in eye-scorching yellow-green).

    I've taken it out a couple of times; the most recent was in a windy 26 degrees F back in May. The Insultex underquilt does fine at higher temperatures (~40F and up), but I had to break out my Walmart CCF pad to be comfortable. All in all, though, I'm pretty happy with it - and it's hands-down the most comfortable night's sleep I've ever had camping.
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    I love the looks of this setup. I have been thinking about trying this but then the spreader bar style has been calling my name. One day perhaps.

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    Nice work, quilt looks like its a perfect fit.
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