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This is the lee-cloth set-up on the boat I used to race on (with one of the bowchicks settling in for the evening). Pretty easy and very effective:
The lee cloth or the bowchick?
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You know those fancy yachts at the boat show with the queen sized beds forward and aft? We'll I'm crewing on one in the Salty Dawg Rally. Lucky me I'll be trying to sleep in one of these heeled over. How do you stay in bed? Or should I just sleep on the floor?
Part of the point of center island queens is to be able to climb in and out easily without disturbing whoever you are sharing the berth with. Usually that means it is difficult to stack gear or anything else to wedge yourself in. Everything--including you--ends up on the floor.

Lee cloths work fine although depending on configuration it may take some work to mount fittings to connect it to. On Auspicious the aft berth lee cloths are permanently fixed and are usually under the mattress. They rig to backed up rings in the overhead. I have a plan for a third, centerline cloth that I haven't tried yet. We'll see how that works out.

Sleeping on the floor is highly underrated. It's one of my favorite spots. After all it's hard to fall off the floor. *grin* A good bit depends on the configuration of the boat - you need to find a place that isn't in the way of people getting to the head, nav station, and galley. That usually isn't a problem if those spots are at the base of the companionway (where they should be). It is more problematic with a forward head or a shotgun galley.

Hammocks are a poor solution. They take up a huge amount of room, their swinging gets out of phase with boat motion which is unpleasant, and for those of us who aren't 20 anymore contribute to aches and pains. Day after day spending off watch underway in a hammock below is much different than a nap on the foredeck at anchor. Most assuredly not recommended. Makes my back hurt just thinking about it.

Have fun on the Salty Dawg. Let us know which boat you are on so we can watch on the tracker.

It's only chilly for the first day or so until you get past the Gulf Stream.
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Pfft. Man up. Clip in and sleep on the rail. You'll still be a useful part of the crew even when asleep
(yes I have done that!)
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Re: How to sleep

Auspicious: I'm supposed to be on Charmed Life, a Beneteau 49. Weather for next week is crap so I see already delays at the starting line.
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Sew up an adult version of one of these. Easy to store. Portable. Duckies are a bonus.

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Auspicious: I'm supposed to be on Charmed Life, a Beneteau 49. Weather for next week is crap so I see already delays at the starting line.
Have a great time.

I see a different story for next week. This is what I look at: AuspiciousWorks - Communications / Yacht Management / Deliveries Worldwide . I see a front moving over Hampton on the 3rd (about) and good wind (about 20 kts) Nly behind it. If you head out at 135T (my preferred course leaving the Chesapeake) you'll cross the Gulf Stream where it is fairly diffuse and NEly. It might be bumpy for half a day but shouldn't be bad. Do meal prep ahead and look forward to warmer temps. Keep everything tied down and secure. By the time you get to 65W and turn South the ride South should be glorious until at least the 9th.

Is Chris Parker saying something different?

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I find dragging a squab onto the floor best when the sea is rough you cant fall any further,the only issue is some plonker walking on you in the dark
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Re: How to sleep

Chances are, most of the trip will be sailed on port tack, so the starboard settee will be the prime spot... Unfortunately, looks like it might be a bit short...





If there's more than one off watch at a time, the only real alternative would seem to be the aft berth, sleeping across the head of the bed, with your feet outboard... As usual with these aft stateroom arrangements, it's guaranteed to place your head as close as possible to the autopilot motor and ram... You may have a better appreciation for one of the unsung advantages of windvanes, by the end of the trip :-)





Good luck, and have fun, let us know how it goes...
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Re: How to sleep

I sailed back from Bermuda on a Beneteau with a big queen bed aft. Only the aft side of the bed was against the hull, so there was walking space along the other three sides. After a midnight to 3:00 am watch at the tail end of tropical storm Curtis, with the boat tossing and heeling horrendously I found it almost impossible to sleep on the bed without sliding or rolling off. Finally I hung my arms, head and upper torso over the side, positioned like I was about to pull myself over a wall, and managed to sleep some, due to sheer exhaustion. They clearly weren't thinking of big seas when they designed this boat.


The skipper said he didn't want us sleeping on the settees in the saloon, because his wife didn't want sweat stains on them or something like that. After 24 hours I rebelled and jammed myself between some gear on a settee and slept like a baby.
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Re: How to sleep

If it is an aft cabin catamaran, you just pull the sheets up.

I've slept underway with a bad back in spasm, lying on a heating pad, in rough conditions without trouble. Just a gentle up-and-down motion. It helps that the bunks (queen each side) are athwartships. My family always sleeps in.

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