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02-24-2013 04:29 PM
vtsailguy
Re: What Interior Arrangement Really Works for Living Aboard with Kids?

ahhahahhaaaaaaaa!
02-24-2013 04:05 PM
Faster
Re: What Interior Arrangement Really Works for Living Aboard with Kids?

Quote:
Originally Posted by vtsailguy View Post
Is there any way to narrow down and find out which ones had 2 pilot berths?
pilot berth (Sail) Cruiser/Racer Boats For Sale

Some will still have singles, I reckon.....
02-24-2013 03:35 PM
vtsailguy
Re: What Interior Arrangement Really Works for Living Aboard with Kids?

Is there any way to narrow down and find out which ones had 2 pilot berths?
02-24-2013 03:22 PM
Faster
Re: What Interior Arrangement Really Works for Living Aboard with Kids?

Here's some browsing for you:


(Sail) Cruiser/Racer Boats For Sale

Some of these are NOT cruisers, very austere and minimal below and would not be suitable at all.. others are going to be IOR influenced designs and my friend Jeff_H will be quick to say they are not good designs - but there are plenty of these sorts of boats still out there.

This one below is an example, quite cruisable, this one has a CB, better for the Bahamas, but have a look through the entire list above too...

1981 40 C&C Centerboard 1981 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
02-24-2013 03:11 PM
vtsailguy
Re: What Interior Arrangement Really Works for Living Aboard with Kids?

Hmmm... what should I look for in the 36-39' range to find pipe berths?
02-24-2013 02:56 PM
Faster
Re: What Interior Arrangement Really Works for Living Aboard with Kids?

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Originally Posted by vtsailguy View Post
I am trying to find a boat that can carry a family of 5 for a year. I am coming to the conclusion that each kiddo needs their own single berth than can be LEFT UP.

I am hunting for something with three singles that are aft or pilot, then a v berth for us.

One thing you might consider.. boats built primarily for racing (racer/cruiser rather than cruiser/racer) often had layouts that included outboard pilot berths and/or pipe berths that kids quite like. We previously owned a 40 footer with such a layout.. not any kind of sumptuous finish like a true cruising boat, but not too bad either. These boats typically sell for less, often they are limited runs or one-offs, on the plus side they are usually well equipped, esp the deck gear (winches, etc) Sometimes the cockpits are not cruiser friendly but we got lucky there too.

The pilot berth shown here was originally a pipe berth, we converted it to fixed to create extra storage behind/underneath.



Aft, we had 4 more pipe berths.. the lowers were usually given over to gear bags, the kids used the uppers. Advantage is the ability to level them out at angles of heel..



Not a bad cockpit either...

02-24-2013 02:34 PM
TheLostGirlsMom
Re: What Interior Arrangement Really Works for Living Aboard with Kids?

We have a Westerly Centaur which has 2 quarterberths one for each of our daughters ages 20 months and 4.5. It works perfectly as they each have their own space. We plan on leaving the docks this fall for a sail down the east coast on to Florida for the winter.
02-23-2013 10:03 PM
vtsailguy
Re: What Interior Arrangement Really Works for Living Aboard with Kids?

Sorry to revive this old thread, but I am wrestling with the same problem.
http://www.sailnet.com/forums/boat-r...n-cruiser.html

I am trying to find a boat that can carry a family of 5 for a year. I am coming to the conclusion that each kiddo needs their own single berth than can be LEFT UP.

I am hunting for something with three singles that are aft or pilot, then a v berth for us.
06-22-2010 11:24 PM
saltydawg We live aboard a St. Francis 44 cat with our now 6 year old son and a baby on the way. Planning to cruise again when baby is 2.
While we have a separate cabin for our son, he doesn't use it yet. For sleeping we have a big family bed in the master cabin... and he is JUST now starting to hang out in his room for fun every now and again. Basically, boat families are pretty tight knit, and we don't necessarily want to be away from each other. When we do, we go outside. Even though our boat is big for a family of 3 (soon to be 4) we tend to be in a puppy pile in the same place most times. Just offering a different perspective.

You can see examples of everyday life aboard and the layout in our blog (I think the link is in my sig??)

best of luck to you!
05-27-2010 12:48 PM
CaptainForce Our son and daughter shared the V-berth in our 33' boat from infancy to the ages of 7 & 9 and then we moved to a 41' Morgan OI without the "walk-through". We spilt the huge aft cabin port & starboard for small, but adequate cabins for our children until they left home as adults. This totally separate aft cabin was perfect for us and our children. Privacy and comfort are available on a boat in the forty foot range with the proper layout. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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