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Off The Wall, Sea berth ?

Just Wondering When in a sea berth, sleeping during a Seaway do you tend to have your head toward the bow, or your feet?
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Several ways to interpret that question but considering the usual room you usually have, I would guess you mean whether you have you head or feet toward the bow.

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Yes sorry for any confusion I meant to ask peoples preferences, whether they preferred to sleep with their feet forward or head forward while underway at sea. Assuming you do not have an aft cabin that may have a bed going across the hull.
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Of course it depends on how you actually fit in the sea berth, but we try to keep our head as close to the stern as possible. The farther aft your head is the better.
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Feet forward -- if you run into anything, your legs will absorb the impact better than your head.
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I've always slept with my head forward. The berths are wider there, my shoulders fit. Now that I think of it, that's on the current boat. I think on my previous, smaller, boats it may have been the other way.
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I'd point out that which way you're head is pointed depends on the shape of the berth and the shape of your body. If you're in a berth head forward, and you hit something hard enough to cause you a concussion, you have other problems to worry about, since a boat moving at six-to-seven knots as most of the boats on this forum would be doing under a reefed mainsail at night, isn't going to move you much unless it hits an object that is moving at high speed....
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I cannot sleep in the v-berth - way too much motion.

Saloon - head aft.

Aft cabin - head forward.
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Forward cabin feet forward-shape plus bunk lights.Main Cabin feet aft towards hatch and galley-like to look at door!
Aft cabin feet aft-shape and bunk lights-although poss. both ways.
Prefer main cabin almost centre of boat.
If I was sharing bed with someone reverse would be true for both for and aft cabin.
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I gather you're asking about when the boat is underway. I wouldn't have given it any thought except in one of my first overnight distance races, we hit a rock at 5 kts in the middle of the night (I was off-watch, for the record).

The boat was OK to continue the race, believe it or not, but one crew who had been sleeping head-to-bow slammed into the bulkhead and injured her neck. Since then, feet-forward for me.
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