Re: Hammock ropes
The small rope on the newer Hennessys is very strong for such small
diameter rope. This is good for weight savings. All Hennessys now
come with Tree Hugger straps which you then attach the hammock ropes
too. The figure 8 knot (Shane has an execelent vidio of how to tie
it on his placewithnoname site) works great becaus it is easy to
untie. Whih such small rope any other knot can be a bear to untie.
If you get rope from West Marine you will still need a short strap
with loops in both ends for attachining it to the hammock, or do it
like the photo Ray Garlinton shows which might not cut the fabric.
It sounds like you are planning to build a hammock. I would
probably just go with webbing only for each end. You would only
need to sew the one loop around the overhead knot. It is simpler,
fewer pieces to keep up with etc. Then use the pulse line from West
Marine for fly tieouts and bug net ridgeline, unless you figure out
Ricks ridgelineless system, which sounds cool. Sorry I did not
really answer your question. If you do go with the spectra I'd get
some fairly large rope more for ease of untying different knots than
strength. 1/4 inch or larger is a guess. I need to look up the grape-
vine knot you mention to better answer you.
--- In email@example.com, "Debra Weisenstein"
> Question to those who have made hammocks with rope attachments (andtightly
> treehuggers). What type of rope, what diameter, and what length?
> Hennessey claims 1450 lb. test Spectra reinforced ropes with
> braided polyester covering. Spectra reinfored ropes are availableat
> West Marine, but what diameter is recommended? I know also thatcanoes
> dacron ropes do not stretch (we used to use them for winching
> out of rivers). I think I would attach ropes to a Speer hammockusing
> a half-grapevine knot set up as a slipknot behind the hammock knot.
MessageDeb, yur experiment with dacron or spectra rope should work--use any with strengths of +900 lbs....Ed-----Original Message-----Question to those who have made hammocks with rope attachments (and
From: Debra Weisenstein [mailto:dweisens@...]
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2003 12:37 PM
Subject: Hammock Camping Hammock ropes
treehuggers). What type of rope, what diameter, and what length?
Hennessey claims 1450 lb. test Spectra reinforced ropes with tightly
braided polyester covering. Spectra reinfored ropes are available at
West Marine, but what diameter is recommended? I know also that
dacron ropes do not stretch (we used to use them for winching canoes
out of rivers). I think I would attach ropes to a Speer hammock using
a half-grapevine knot set up as a slipknot behind the hammock knot.
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