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Many boats do have a 'convertibe dinette' that can make up a good sized double with plenty of headroom, but I can tell you that making that berth up every night and setting up the table again each morning gets really tiresome.
Way up on our 'must have' list on our last boat purchase was two 'doubles' without the dinette.
In my student days my first flat had a double bed, kitchenette and shower/ toilet. No other space. (I could not afford a convertible couch/bed)
A bed can be a comfortable place to lie and read and even meals in bed are quite practical once you get used to the idea.
It would not suit everybody, but in a small boat a large permanent bed (no converting during the day) sacrificing the dinning room table, is an alternative that’s worth considering.There is still the cockpit if you want a sit down (rather than a lie down) meal.
Last edited by noelex77; 04-06-2011 at 05:04 PM.