[Hammock Camping] Re: Catenary tarp
- I just used 1 inch for every foot of length, ie, a 10 foot side has
a 10 inch sag or curve. I didn't use the Cat generator in the files
section although I did review it extensivley, as well as pick the
brains of the people who had already built a cat cut tarp. And I
came up with one inch per foot from that.
I also cut my ridgline on a cat, but a little less. For my ten foot
ridgeline I used only 8 inches of sag, for more headroom. It is
working just fine so far.
I also built one with grossgrain ribbon on the edges and it does
pitch a lot better it seems, gives it more structure or something.
It is a lot more work though and I did my final one with a rolled
hem, ala Youngblood.
The generator is best if you don't have a place big enough to hold
10 or 12 feet of tarp up, lik a long enough wall, but I do, so it
was easier to just hang it and go from there. I did make templates
My tarp is a square, 10 by 10, with 2 tie outs per side, and while
the pitch options are more limited than a non cat tarp, it's really
nothing a little imagination and some 550 cord can't overcome.
Buy some cheap fabric and build your first tarps with it, I used
poly tarps from Wal-Mart. You will learn a TON and, hopefully, you
will still be able to use them around the house or when car camping
or something. I use them as loaners to people who want to try tarps
for the first time. They may be ugly but they shed water!