Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: East Coast of Australia
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Berths, WCs and Bilges
About two years ago I sailed a 1985 38' Beneteau Idylle from Alameda to Brisbane, Australia.
The yacht had V berths, two wide settee berths and a quarter berth. As expected the V berths were unusable at sea, while I found the quarter berth a trial to get in and out of for one not so young. The settee berths worked well under all conditions.
The yacht also had a forward facing WC offset from the centreline, and a bilge that held no more than about three gallons of water - more than that on board and it would slosh about above the sole.
Looking at photos of similar sized more modern yachts I see narrow and curved settees and sideward facing WCs. I cannot tell how deep the bilges are from the photos - but I hope they are deeper than mine were.
I have owned one yacht which had a centreline WC. It was easy to use and the user was unaffected by heel - in this regard, I do not think there is anything more uncomfortable than sitting on a toilet which faces uphill at a steep angle.
Likewise, I do not know how crew sleep in a modern yacht which has curved and often enough, narrow settees.
When discussing boats on the forum, I don't see anyone talking about the points I have mentioned. Am I the only one who thinks they matter?