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    Tarp Question- Ridge Line Over tarp?

    One thing I'm having trouble understanding is why you have a continuous ridge line over the tarp. Is it just so you can tie prusik knots in order to have the ability to slide the tarp from side to side? I tied my tarp simply using a short length of Nite-ize at the end of each tie out. Basically the "knot method" shown here:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=16650

    To adjust the tarp between the trees I loosen one end and tighten the other. I can see how this might be a little easier if it were fixed to a line with Prusiks, but you would still have to adjust at both sides.

    I get why you might want a ridgeline under the tarp...but what is the point of over? Thanks for helping a noob understand.
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    I think one reason is that some line can, over time, cause wear on some tarp materials if the ridge line is under the tarp.
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    It's a highly discussed, rarely agreed upon subject. Personally, I like mine over the tarp. It has been reported that some hollow braid lines can carry water under the tarp, like a conduit, even while using drip lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottybdiving View Post
    It's a highly discussed, rarely agreed upon subject. Personally, I like mine over the tarp. It has been reported that some hollow braid lines can carry water under the tarp, like a conduit, even while using drip lines.
    Ahhhh...I can definitely see this as a con against the ridge under the tarp . Thanks!

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    Over the top or under - i tend to do it so i can align my tarp to my hammock quickly without tying and untying.
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    I used to do over the tarp because I wanted to accomodate the upward catenary cut of my WB tarp. I now just tie off each end. I simply have prusiks on the ends with the line going to each tree. For me it's the same as having the CRL without that extra 10 or 11 feet of line that goes over top of the tarp. I can still adjust the tarp and centre it over my hammock.
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    Thank you all for the responses!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    I used to do over the tarp because I wanted to accomodate the upward catenary cut of my WB tarp. I now just tie off each end. I simply have prusiks on the ends with the line going to each tree. For me it's the same as having the CRL without that extra 10 or 11 feet of line that goes over top of the tarp. I can still adjust the tarp and centre it over my hammock.
    That is what led me to my question. I'm basically using the same setup (I think). I tie the line to the tie out (d-ring) of the tarp, around the tree, back through the ring and then tie the line back to itself with a taut-line hitch. This basically acts like a prusik and I can easily tighten or loosen the "loop" around each tree by sliding the taught line.

    I've also played with the same set up using figure 9's in place of the taut-line knot which makes it a little easier, just more parts involved.

    I think I might play with a CRL just to see if I notice a difference!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mak View Post
    Thank you all for the responses!



    That is what led me to my question. I'm basically using the same setup (I think). I tie the line to the tie out (d-ring) of the tarp, around the tree, back through the ring and then tie the line back to itself with a taut-line hitch. This basically acts like a prusik and I can easily tighten or loosen the "loop" around each tree by sliding the taught line.

    I've also played with the same set up using figure 9's in place of the taut-line knot which makes it a little easier, just more parts involved.

    I think I might play with a CRL just to see if I notice a difference!
    I'vev been using the method you're considering (with the fig 9s) for the last year, and it's been pretty much my preferred method overall.

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    Take a look at this thread with illustrations and videos where a CRL is strung over the tarp:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=63271

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