Re: V berths
I have a Catalina 36 which, by all accounts, has a pretty fair sized V berth. When I lived aboard many years ago, my GF and dog & I got along fine. Recently, I find it a bit claustrophobic. I'll wake up at some point and momentarily panic like I'm in a coffin until I realize where I am. After a few nights, though, I'm fine. I keep a night light on in the salon so I can get my bearings if I wake up in the dark. Silly, but it helps.