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Re: Sleeping preference?

Got a great air mattress from Wall-mart for $29 that fits perfectly in the settee. Queen size mattress, fitted sheets, the admiral loves it. Plus it's a lot easier to get in and out of than the vee berth.

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Re: Sleeping preference?

First question to my mind, underway or on the hook?... The "torpedo tubes" are gonna be more comfortable than the v-berth while underway. Especially with adequate lee boards or cloths installed.

On the current single hander, my quarter berth is the only option as v-berth has been given over to stowage. In a blow while underway, have been known to nap on the cabin sole. Of course, as a single hander we don't have to worry about crew-mates stepping on our face. Lowest CG possible and right at the boats center of motion, plus shipping water is easy to detect...

On the "big boat" when we had kids, and sometimes crew the pilot berth in the salon was the preferred spot underway.... center of motion and good lee boards to keep you in place. Ass on the bulkhead, knees on the lee boards and nighty night. If more than one person off watch second choice was aft cabin, but berth too big to brace yourself underway, and autopilot puts up a terrible racket. Better choice than the v-berth which is hobby horsing like a bitch.

At anchor..... who cares? Nice to be able to get 5 or 6 hours uninterrupted.
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Re: Sleeping preference?

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... Make your life easier and use flat sheets, not fitted. A queen sheet fits over most V-berths...
I read a tip on someone's cruising blog to use the Queen fitted sheet with the corner at the V of the berth. I tried it and surprisingly, it is a LOT easier to get on the V-berth cushions than crawling and tucking a flat sheet. Also, that V area doesn't come off in the middle of the night. The rest of the sheet is easy to tuck under the rest of the cushions and all stays put quite nicely.
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Re: Sleeping preference?

Lots of good advice here. One thing I realized this past summer after I went on my first overnighter, was that there are a lot of things that I am not going to be able to sort out before going on a few trips. On the first few trips, I am going to assume that there will be a few things we will need to improve.
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Re: Sleeping preference?

As I got older I found that sleeping in a very veed v-berth (meaning veed to a sharp point) to be damn nigh impossible and on our previous boat I ended up kipping on one of the settees.

Current girl's v-berth stops (or starts) just aft of anchor locker so there is more than adequate tootsy wriggle room.

I'm also one of those who will often still sleep in the saloon if I'm at all worried about the anchorage.

I think though that it would have to be a very sad anchorage if it was too rough to sleep up front.
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I read a tip on someone's cruising blog to use the Queen fitted sheet with the corner at the V of the berth. I tried it and surprisingly, it is a LOT easier to get on the V-berth cushions than crawling and tucking a flat sheet. Also, that V area doesn't come off in the middle of the night. The rest of the sheet is easy to tuck under the rest of the cushions and all stays put quite nicely.

Not heard that one before .... sounds good though, must try it. The Wombet has been threatening to cut and resew fitted bottom sheets but thus far talk is all it has been.

btw ... back in my furniture making days I had a mattress made up of three different foam densities with a double thickness of wadding on top. Fabulous mattress and the wadding kept it cooler than plain foam.
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...On the first few trips, I am going to assume that there will be a few things we will need to improve.
I doubt that will end after the first few trips.
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Re: Sleeping preference?

Is there anywhere in the states to get a good non-foam matress for the V-Berth. I have a reaction to most foam so need to get someting I don't get a rash from.
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I read a tip on someone's cruising blog to use the Queen fitted sheet with the corner at the V of the berth. I tried it and surprisingly, it is a LOT easier to get on the V-berth cushions than crawling and tucking a flat sheet. Also, that V area doesn't come off in the middle of the night. The rest of the sheet is easy to tuck under the rest of the cushions and all stays put quite nicely.
Somewhat shamefacedly I have to report that last evening the Wombet informed me that this is what we already do. Bought king size fitted sheet just for that purpose.
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