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nick beaudoin
(nick_beaudoin) - MLife

Locale: Palmy
MYOG Hex 3 on 06/13/2010 20:58:18 MDT Print View

Here is my 620g version of a Hex 3. It is made out of a silicone spinnaker fabric called Dynakote 75. It took me around 10hrs to make. It was computer designed and plotted on a laser cutter at the sail loft I work at.

I stuck it together using a japanese double sided tape, this has eliminated the need for seem sealing but has added aprox 100g to 120g to the final weight.

All photos were taken with a wind speed of 25+knts. It was extremly stable and has a taught pitch.

Front view of door
Door view

Side view of double vents
Side view of double vents

Vent close up
Vent close up

Corner detail
Corner finishing

Inside vent detail
inside vent detail

CN 13 pole sleeve
Cuben (CN 13) pole sleeve 50g

Perimeter mesh
Mesh detail

Edited by nick_beaudoin on 06/13/2010 22:26:05 MDT.

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(edude) - F
"MYOG Hex 3" on 06/13/2010 21:00:27 MDT Print View

looks pretty sweet. cool project!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: MYOG Hex 3 on 06/13/2010 21:04:19 MDT Print View

That looks good. The top vents appear to have mosquito netting. Is it possible to seal them for a storm? Or, does the yellow piece cover them enough that rain can't be blown in?


Dennis Park
(dpark) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
myog hex 3 tape on 06/13/2010 21:14:12 MDT Print View

Can you describe the properties of the tape? What sort of adhesive is able to stick to silicone under tension? Did you use it to stick the bug mesh too?

nick beaudoin
(nick_beaudoin) - MLife

Locale: Palmy
Vents on 06/13/2010 21:18:43 MDT Print View

The vents are no see-um and are covered with the same silicone fabric, just in yellow. The vents are also stiffened at the peak.

I have had it out in an all night rain with no drips. Just a little misting through the fabric

Note the vents stick upvent

Some space insidespace

nick beaudoin
(nick_beaudoin) - MLife

Locale: Palmy
Tape on 06/13/2010 21:22:17 MDT Print View


I used the tape to help join the panels. I'm a sailmaker so thats how I do things. It helps with acuracy but takes a bit longer to do. All seems are sewed with a double straight stitch. Tape can not take any load alone.

Yes the mesh is also stuck on with the same tape.

Edited by nick_beaudoin on 06/13/2010 21:23:42 MDT.

Paul Siegel

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Re: myog hex 3 tape on 06/13/2010 21:22:47 MDT Print View

Looks absolutely professional.

I'd also like to know more about the tape.

nick beaudoin
(nick_beaudoin) - MLife

Locale: Palmy
Tape on 06/13/2010 21:27:05 MDT Print View

It's one of a dozen different types of double sided tapes we use in sailmaking. It's just 9mm Kikusui.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Technique and dimensions on 06/13/2010 23:26:21 MDT Print View


So do you tape it first and then sew? What style of seam are they?

And do you have some dimensions?

Very nice looking piece. Congratulations.


Doug Johnson
(djohnson) - MLife

Locale: Washington State
Re: Tape on 06/13/2010 23:34:45 MDT Print View

beautiful project!

>> Bender <<
(Bender) - MLife

Locale: NEO
Re: MYOG Hex 3 on 06/13/2010 23:46:36 MDT Print View

Very nice work!

nick beaudoin
(nick_beaudoin) - MLife

Locale: Palmy
Seems on 06/14/2010 00:17:50 MDT Print View

They are a flat felled seem. Like building spinnakers I join the pieces using the seem stick first then sew. But when building sails we never use this seem EVER.

The camp site is right on the beach in the photos and it was very windy all night. I truly believe that the tipi held up so well because of the seems and the cloth orientated along the seems for strength.

As for the dimensions they are :

And thanks everyone for the positive feedback

Edited by nick_beaudoin on 06/14/2010 00:26:12 MDT.


Locale: Pacific Northwet
Re: MYOG Hex 3 on 06/14/2010 08:26:58 MDT Print View

Beautiful tent Nick!

I used my old Hex3 this weekend and it's one of my favorite tents. Is the mesh on the bottom attached with the tape and no sewing?

Paul Siegel

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Tape procedure on 06/14/2010 13:39:13 MDT Print View


Maybe when you get a chance you could put up something about the process you sailmakers use with tape for seams. Because judging by your seams and flawless pitch we all might have something to learn from you.


Vadim B
(Vadim) - F
Re: Seems on 06/14/2010 23:19:42 MDT Print View

nick beaudoin, I have a question about pictures, that you showhex3
Where is the central pole in realy? It looks like it stand on the stomach of the man in center :)
P.S. Sorry for my english

nick beaudoin
(nick_beaudoin) - MLife

Locale: Palmy
Center pole on 06/15/2010 01:07:39 MDT Print View

It's really a 2 person shelter, with plenty of room for gear. You can offset the centre pole to have enough space for 3 in a pinch.

Vadim B
(Vadim) - F
Re: Center pole on 06/15/2010 10:25:38 MDT Print View

I have understood. Thanks.

Joe Bryant
(jrbryant) - F

Locale: Southeast
Re: Tape on 07/06/2010 21:06:44 MDT Print View

Nick, how did you go about making the mesh vents? I know you said you taped the no-see-um in place with the tape and then sewed, but did you do any kind of seam to finish the edge to prevent fraying?

nick beaudoin
(nick_beaudoin) - MLife

Locale: Palmy
Fold over on 07/07/2010 02:46:17 MDT Print View

I did a 12mm fold over (mesh back onto itself), so I sewed through two layers of mesh.

Jason Hung
(moma-moma) - F - M

Nice job on 07/07/2010 05:47:39 MDT Print View

i bet it got a lot of crispy noise under that wind speed!:P