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GCASKEW 10-08-2012 08:15 AM

V berths
Due to budget we messy not be able to get a catamaran, and may have to settle on a 34 - 37 sloop. The question its how many people that stay on board for several months at a time sleep in the V berth ?

I'm trying to get something with an island berth like Hunter legend but I can go cheaper if we slats sleep in the Caribbean berth .

sailak 10-08-2012 08:39 AM

Re: V berths
Haven't been onboard for months at a time but do take trips of 5 or more days throughout the season and we used the v-berth in our 36' sloop...and have a dog with us as well.

wingNwing 10-08-2012 09:02 AM

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Lived aboard our CSY33 full time for 10 years now; v-berth is the only cabin so of necessity that's where we sleep, except on passage, when we're either in the sea berths in main cabin, or cat-napping in the cockpit.

Only issue with v-berth is making the bed with traditional sheets; we recut king-size sheets into triangles to fit easier: Life Afloat Archives: Square Peg, Round Hole

Barquito 10-08-2012 10:06 AM

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I bet there is more room on any 34-37' Hunterbenelina than there is on my 27' Bristol. My wife and I get along just fine in the space we have.

chef2sail 10-08-2012 10:58 AM

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Our V berth is one of ther largest for the older traditionalsetup. It can accomadtae 8 ft llemgthwise easily. We usually sleep in the V when at anchor or in our slip.


Ferretchaser 10-08-2012 11:20 AM

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V berth .....I am sure I have one of them on the boat but have not seen it in a while. I think its under those sails, jerry can, fishing gear, tools, etc. Must have a dig around in the pointy end and have a look if it is still there. I'll let you know if I have a v berth once excavations are completed.



GCASKEW 10-08-2012 11:34 AM

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Lol ferretchaser. .. I'm just afraid that sleeping in some of the aft berths we've seen may make some kind of dormant claustrophobia kick in. .. Some of them on the 34 and 36 boats won't even let you sit up in bed.. I can see many knocked heads in the middle of the nights in those berths.

MysticGringo 10-08-2012 12:09 PM

Our v-berth is not spacious, and you do need a certain amount of flexibility to get in and out, but it's very comfortable and cozy.

I had custom sheets made and put memory foam over the cushions, very comfortable. I don't really make the bed... never did on land either.

There are two of us, and a dog... but I make the dog sleep on the shelf at the bow. Sounds worse than it is... her bed is made of memory foam too. Usually though she sneaks down in middle of night.

I'd prefer a more normal bed... but I'd also prefer to win the lottery.

MikeinLA 10-08-2012 05:30 PM

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I have a Catalina 36 which, by all accounts, has a pretty fair sized V berth. When I lived aboard many years ago, my GF and dog & I got along fine. Recently, I find it a bit claustrophobic. I'll wake up at some point and momentarily panic like I'm in a coffin until I realize where I am. After a few nights, though, I'm fine. I keep a night light on in the salon so I can get my bearings if I wake up in the dark. Silly, but it helps.


tdw 10-08-2012 06:35 PM

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V-Berth on our old 34'er I found a bit cramped in the front end tootsie department. 40'er has wide enough shallow end of the V to sleep head forward in cooler weather though bit stuffy in mid summer. Whichever way I sleep fine on the bigger boat whereas on the smaller I'd often end up sleeping on one of the settees.

If on board for extended periods I could easily survive on the 40'er but unless I was by myself I'd find 34 too cramped.

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