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...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62
NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT