What Coy Boy said matches my experience.
I find the HH tarps are just big enough to keep me dry when
I'm in the hammock, but a bit small for other activities.
You can pull the hammock to one side and cook in the cleared
space, but it's not something I'd like to do for two or more
I guess I just got used to an 8 x 8 ft tarp. Anything less
seems tight. So I often substitute the HH tarp with a custom
When using the standard HH tarp, I loop the shock cords (the
body pullout cords) through the tarp rings, then attach them
back to the body rings. So I have a double run of shock cord
between the body and the tarp.
I added mitten hooks to the ends of the shock cords, so it's
easy to clip them onto the body rings. I can also use the
clip to pull the hammock to one side for cooking etc.