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Re: Sailing yacht design
I really appreciate everyone's thoughts so far. Just these few posts gives one much to ponder. What are the opinions about the placement, the location, of berths in a ship? For example, I have heard from some people that the bunks located at the bow are impossible to sleep on during rough weather... What does everyone think? Where in the ship should they be placed and why?
Good sea berths should lie fore-and-aft and should be arranged so you can't fall out. The common athwartship aft doubles you see nowadays don't quailify, though they are fine for sheltered anchored-overnight cruising.
They should also be more midships for reduced motion and comfort. The old 'pilot berths' seen on some 70s and 80s layouts were actually pretty good if they were big enough. One of our former boats had 5 pipe berths that could be adjusted for heel angle.. they were actually pretty nice sea berths, but certainly weren't very 'cruisy' looking.
"Double" berths can have lee cloths added down the middle to make them more usable as sea berths, but they should run fore and aft as mentioned above.
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