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post #13 of Old 02-26-2010
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We are a family of five on a 31 footer (plus a dog now). So I know about the tight space issues.

Two of the biggest comfort improvements we made to our boat were:

1) Custom fitted cockpit cushions. We'd had some off-the shelf foam pads, but they always slid around. Custom fitted cushions made the cockpit much more inviting and comfortable for lounging/napping.

2) Cabin heat. Completely changes the mood in the early and late seasons.

Some things that came with the boat which I wouldn't be without were the dodger, bimini, and integral awning. Combined with the cockpit cushions, it's like having another "room."

Also, we use a lot of camping gear for it's compact, space saving attributes. As a camper, you know all about that stuff, though. But individual headlamps are great as night/reading lights. Buy a set to leave aboard and hang over the bunks. The kind that have the optional red light or filter are handy for preserving night vision.

Another important one is a good set of binoculars, along with a good birdbook. Lots of fun to be had with those...

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