5. Other tricks and accessories such as mosquito nets and their use.
In the tricks department; notice the hammock strings above are looped over the knot. If this happens and you get
into your hammock you will more than likely do serious damage. One string looped like this is enough to definitely
harm or at least make the hammock uncomfortable.
Another important consideration; NEVER get into your hammock with clothes that have buttons on them. When you
get out and take leave the button is sure to catch and break strings; that is by no means acceptable.
With due prudence this is never suppose to happen…but it does. Your hammock has an overhand loop of some
end strings and this condition will effectively reduce the spread of your hammock which is not satisfactory. First
carefully take ALL of the out of order strings and carefully separate them in one hand.
Untwisting the overhand loop continued; here you have the twisted end strings in one hand and with the other hand
you take the hammock loose from its hook, then pass the tangled strings over and out of the mess and re-hook your
hammock. Give one more inspection to make sure that your efforts were totally successful.
The above knot is known as a fisherman’s bend and it is acceptable for attaching your hammock to the, “S” or other
hanger hook you might use.
The rope attached to each end of your hammock known in Spanish as a, (soga), is made double.
This simple knot is formed quickly at the end of the doubled rope and clutches firmly. After you have been in your
hammock it will seize the “S” so tight that you can remove the “S” from the wall and the rope will stay attached. This
is the system we use when we travel.
Above on the left is a representation of the worst possible way to attach your hammock, because it will soon let you
down…when you least expect it.
In the same photo, right side is the very best system you can possibly use for its reliability and ease of use. Tied into
the loop of the hammock rope is a metal thimble. This system is extremely well suited to places where you don’t plan
to change the rope length or where you hang your hammock regularly.
Upper right photo is the “bowline” knot used to secure your hammock to the end rope, (soga). It is loose in order to
easily show how it is formed.
Lower left photo is the same bowline knot after it has been tightened. The advantage of this knot is that it will not slip
and is also easily undone to readjust.
Lower right-hand photo shows a fisherman’s net mending needle that is the ideal item for any hammock repairs you
Old heavily used hammocks will eventually fray on the edges and this can be repaired easily by overhand stitching
the edge grouping together several strings in a bundle for extra strength.
Also internal broken string damage can be repaired in a similar fashion and is very satisfactory.
Old comfortable hammocks are hard to part with and if you can eek out a few extra years of service from them it is
well worth the effort.
I personally prefer the fisherman’s needle but anything you can find that will work is fine.
If you want the very best in quality and the finest hanger accessories for your hammock you must go to “La casa
Del Cromo” and consult with Ing. Santiago M. Cano Mañé.
This unassuming little manufacturing establishment produces the very finest innovative hammock hanging
equipment to be found anywhere made from top quality metals including stainless steel and all are polished to
Located in Mérida’s center on calle 44 no. 477 between 55 and 57; phone, 922 34 47 and e-mail at;
Economical roughly done hammock hangers are also available in almost all hardware stores and markets
throughout the Yucatan. They do the job well and are satisfactory.
Mosquitero or mosquito net; commercially fabricated they will also fit over a double bed. Not included are the
spreader bars or rope suspender. Make sure the net drapes to the floor.
Six easy steps to using a blanket in your hammock; first, spread the blanket length ways holding it between your feet
while taking the other end in your hands.
Second; roll 90º one way and tuck the hammock down. Third; tuck both feet inside. Fourth; roll 90º the other way
and tuck that side under. Fifth; pull the blanket under your chin. Finally, sixth; tuck your arms inside and you are like
a butterfly in a cocoon.
Stow your hammock; first your hammock is removed from its hangers and placed on a convenient height table taking
care not to tangle the ends. Lay it out as you see above.
Stack the hammock evenly as above.
When it is stacked like this place the ends apart as above.
Now you should have a tidy pile.
Double over your tidy pile keeping the ends out and you are ready to slip your hammock into a bag and leave town.
Think of this process as though you are folding up your parachute and your life might depend on how it opens.
Here is a relative comparison of a two kilo hammock, right and a one kilo left. It might not seem like much of a
difference but when packing for a long over the road cross-country bicycle trip the smaller size is considerably the
better choice. Tip; always bag your hammocks to stow for travel…you will save many frustrations if you do this.
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