Thanks youngblood and all for the info. You can consider your article

a success because it generated so much interest. Good job, and keep

it coming.

I know my fuss over understanding this is queebish to some, but I find

it interesting to have a known starting point and then try and take in

all the experience from this group as I play and adjust; which to me

is half the fun.

I took your math explanation and built a simple excel calculator that

determines the length of a structural ridgeline to sets the 30 degree

droop angle. I have no idea if there is any use to it but if anyone

would like me to upload it I will do that.

CHRIS

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hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "Dave Womble" <dpwomble@y...>

wrote:

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> >

> (For what it is worth, this is a brief discussion of the geometry:

> For 30 degrees the sine is 0.50 and the cosine is 0.87. So the

droop

> is approximated by one-half of the length of the hammock system

> (fabric plus what portions of the hammock suspension line you choose

> to include) times 0.50... which gives you the 1/4 ratio that Ralph

> mentioned. The straight line distance is 0.87 times the length of

> the hammock system. This straight line distance would be a

> structural ridgeline if you were designing a hammock with a

> structural ridgeline. If you didn't use a structural ridgeline it

> would be the distance between the supporting trees.)

>

> >

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