The recent thread on cockpits reminded me of this so here we go. I confess to being somewhat surprised that below deck comfort at sea is not more widely discussed.
How is your boat setup for sea down below ?
Our girl has what at first appears to be a fine setup. U-dinette arrangement with settee opposite. The outer seating of the dinette and the settee are both more than adequate as sea berths and are both fitted with lee clothes. Also the aft quarter cabin berth is spilt down the middle and is again fitted with lee cloth. Sounds good. On paper.
Most of our sailing has been inshore/coastal, overnight passages being about as far as we have travelled in one hop. Looking ahead however we intend longer journeys and to that end I've started playing around with rigging of lee clothes and preparing the boat for sea. What looks good on paper does not in all honesty look so crash hot in practice.
For one the lee clothes are complicated to rig up and once rigged would probably stay up all voyage which makes them a pain in the arse to get in and out of and a nuisance for when you simple don't need them. I intend modifying the arrangement to use use some form of clip to fasten them rather than tieing off the lines. This would make them secure for the sleeper but allow for ease of stowing. I'm surprised that she has gone for nearly ten years and half way round the world using the current setup.
Other oddity for me is the settee cushion arrangement. This has two curved back cushions at each end and a centre straight section. I admit a prejudice against curved seat ends. For mine they are an utter abomination. For 'at sea' use it is better to get rid of the back cushions but oh man, those stupid curved things are an absolute mongrel to stow. I'm about to ditch the curves and replace with straight through back rests that will alleviate the stowage issue and make the whole setup decidely more comfortable. The curves in the dinette section are not admittedly such an issue.
The above pic of current setup, I'll add in others when mods are complete. This shows the settee a bit better than the previous.
Look at the size of those stupid things ...
Couple of those pics are from before we owned her.