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What was god thinking?

When he made the V-Berth... seems to good for everything except sleeping... tried it few times but my butt slides in between the cushions each time... tried sleeping cross-wise... same result... I HATE IT AND NOW IT IS USED FOR STORAGE..

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Re: What was god thinking?

I slept in a V-birth for 18 years and had no problem. Anyone can cobble together a pair of V-birth cushions, but a proper upholstery shop will make you something you can sleep comfortably on.

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I believe the V berth was created by maritime architects, not God.....
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Try diagonal (feet towards the bow, head towards port or starboard aft)? If you sleep along the hull, the cushion should be just one piece. We put the baby on the uncomfortable part in the middle, some times if there is thunder or lightning the dog jumps up too. I always sleep better on a boat than ashore. Maybe you just didn't have enough wine before bed

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Isn't "God" supposed to be capitalized??? 🤓

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Re: What was god thinking?

The tradition of the working portion of the crew sleeping in the pointy end whilst owners/masters sleep in the fat end predates even Mr. Perry by centuries so he can't be blamed for it's invention.

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When he made the V-Berth... seems to good for everything except sleeping... tried it few times but my butt slides in between the cushions each time... tried sleeping cross-wise... same result... I HATE IT AND NOW IT IS USED FOR STORAGE..

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I slept in a V-birth for 18 years and had no problem. Anyone can cobble together a pair of V-birth cushions, but a proper upholstery shop will make you something you can sleep comfortably on.
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Try diagonal (feet towards the bow, head towards port or starboard aft)? If you sleep along the hull, the cushion should be just one piece. We put the baby on the uncomfortable part in the middle, some times if there is thunder or lightning the dog jumps up too. I always sleep better on a boat than ashore. Maybe you just didn't have enough wine before bed
Y'all just need to try a different boat. The V-Berth on an Oyster 745 isn't a bad experience.
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Re: What was god thinking?

The closer to the center of gravity of the boat the less you are bounced around by ship's movement... the bow gets the most movement in most boats due to center of gravity tending to be behind 50% of ship's length.

So the most comfortable location for berths will be anywhere but the bow. Use that section for storage. (but not for heavy stuff...)

Any mattress that is divided into sections, you'll end up sliding between the sections and having the mattress on top of you instead of you on top of it.
You can mitigate this one with some secure means of securing the mattress sections together, such as zippers or velcro.

This is just the way things work. I would never consider a V-berth in the bow to be a positive selling point, especially if that's the main berthing.

If you look at the old sailing ships... the captain's cabin is aft... because the bow was the least desirable berthing possible.
If you look at modern naval vessels they avoid putting berthing in the front 1/4 of the ship.

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Re: What was god thinking?

A two inch memory foam mattress topper cut to fit the V-birth, and laid on top of the existing cushions solved my similar split cushion dilemma.
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