I just ordered 10 yards of silnylon from Noah Lamport for $3.00/yard plus a $5.00 cutting fee. I don't really need it, but at that price I thought it would be fun to make another tarp. I'm looking for suggestions regarding the design of the tarp.
I've already made a 8X10 flat silnylon tarp as well as a small cuben fiber tarp with a catenary ridgeline. (Like I said I really don't need another tarp) The cuben tarp is nice when I want to go very light and the 8X10 flat tarp is nice for it's ability to be used in may different configurations. However, I find that I almost always end up setting it up in an A-frame configuration. So I would like to make a fairly large tarp with a canterary arch and am looking for impute regarding what others favorite tarp designs have been.
I'm not looking so set any weight records with this tarp, but am particularly concerned with stability, comfort, and simplicity of use. I was thinking something along the lines of 9' wide and 10' long with 10 tie out points (4 on each side and 2 for the ridgeline). I thought about making one end wider than the other, but I think I would prefer not having to worry about which end is which when setting it up. Adding guy line tie outs on the wall of each side, like in the Ray Way tarps, looks like it would add stability and space, but also looks like it could be cumbersome. I'm also considering adding breaks on both ends, but do not have any experience with these and am unsure how far they should go down/out and if they are difficult to get taught. These are just my thoughts. I'm open to changes based on recommendations.
This tarp would be used to shelter my wife, 2 year old daughter, and myself. We don't tarp camp much when the mosquitoes are abundant, (we use a tent in those instances) but we do end up camping a decent amount in foul weather. Any impute is very much appreciated.