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    Summer tarp

    I wanted to come up with a tarp that uses very little material, weighs less than 10 ounces and provides enough coverage for my WBBB. So, I cranked up the drawing program and came up with a hex style tarp that measures 121" on the ridgeline and is 96" wide. Total weight so far is 8.9 ounces. I still have to finish the edges and do some better work on my seams. The tarp only uses 4 1/3 yd of material. The lower seams are french seams. I didn't do a very good job on those and if I were to do it again, I would choose a different type seam. There is no ridgeline seam at all only the lower seams on each side.

    I also hooked up my Potomac KAQ and can see where some minor changes could be made to make this work on the BB. I used a couple of biners and a GripClip to attach the sides to the BB. I was warm and toasty all night although there was no UQ under the footbox.

    Here's a couple of photos. The rest of them are here:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/mrprez/K...eat=directlink

    I have no intention of getting into the tarp making business. Working with silnylon on a full time basis would probably be then end of me! Kudos to Brian at OES and other tarp makers, they must have the patience of saints.
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    A short, fat standard....nice!
    The extra 4" on the ridgeline the standard gives may be the difference if you don't feel you're getting adequate coverage. The MacCat standard I have just fits my BB. I think if you add those inches, you'll be very pleased with the coverage.

    Very nice build!
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    Thaks, I'll have to take a look at doing that. The one thing I wasn't sure about was the best angle to install the lower tie out loops. I ended up putting them on an angle towards the center of the tarp. I plan to add grosgrain around the edges hoping that will give me a bit more tension on the edges. As for the BB, I am going to add end covers to that which will protect the hammock more. Plus it will dress that up a bit.

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    I like that MrPrez.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrprez View Post
    Kudos to Brian at OES and other tarp makers, they must have the patience of saints.
    And you, my friend, have the patience of a saint for working with insulation.
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    Looks good. I had a go with a summer tarp. Made it just a little too small for my taste. Ended up trying 4x12 feet. Good against dew, but I like something bigger for the rains.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    I also tried making a tarp, 11x11 That silnylon really has a mean streak in it, every time I looked away, it got up and tried to slide off my sewing table. I'm still tweeking that tarp, I think I need to add a ridge line through the middle for more support.
    Mrprez: Your's looks fantastic set up. Did you add shockcord to the guy lines??

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    I guess I am the odd one here, don't worry I'm used to it by know. But I prefer sil to DWR or untreated anyday. No fraying or melting the edges to worry about. I hate that step.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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