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04-08-2011 10:02 PM
MikeinLA
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Originally Posted by AndreasNYC View Post
Are some convertible dinettes easier than others?
On my Catalina 36, I keep the dinette down at all times for use as a "pit sofa". There is a 2 person game table starboard to use for dining. I tried to post a photo, but that never works for some reason.

Mike
04-08-2011 09:23 PM
capttb Catalina Morgan 38
04-07-2011 10:32 AM
AndreasNYC Thank you for all the information everyone.

Keep it coming

Andreas
04-06-2011 06:37 PM
tdw
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Originally Posted by AndreasNYC View Post
I guess what I am looking for is the smallest possible boat that still has a berth I can sleep comfortably on with another person.

I don't need luxury or fancy fittings, just like the idea of going on over night trips.

For example it seems the Beneteau 36CC's bed is too small because it come to a point.

a small place to cook would be great too

Andreas
Andreas,
As Faster mentioned a budget might help but you are highly unlikely to find full size berth , decent galley etc in anything much under 40' and probably a plus 44' centre cockpit.

Ignoring anything else about the boat you might check out the Beneteau 423. They have a pretty good forward cabin and a decent galley, particularly in the two cabin version. Beneteaus in the 45 - 55 foot range should easily qualify.
04-06-2011 06:25 PM
AndreasNYC Are some convertible dinettes easier than others?

Is there ever a fold away sofa?

I have a "knife folding" sofa in my Motorhome and that was OK to convert every day.

thanks for all this info

Andreas
04-06-2011 04:57 PM
noelex77
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Many boats do have a 'convertibe dinette' that can make up a good sized double with plenty of headroom, but I can tell you that making that berth up every night and setting up the table again each morning gets really tiresome.

Way up on our 'must have' list on our last boat purchase was two 'doubles' without the dinette.
In my student days my first flat had a double bed, kitchenette and shower/ toilet. No other space. (I could not afford a convertible couch/bed)
A bed can be a comfortable place to lie and read and even meals in bed are quite practical once you get used to the idea.
It would not suit everybody, but in a small boat a large permanent bed (no converting during the day) sacrificing the dinning room table, is an alternative that’s worth considering.There is still the cockpit if you want a sit down (rather than a lie down) meal.
04-06-2011 04:28 PM
Faster Many boats do have a 'convertibe dinette' that can make up a good sized double with plenty of headroom, but I can tell you that making that berth up every night and setting up the table again each morning gets really tiresome.

Way up on our 'must have' list on our last boat purchase was two 'doubles' without the dinette.
04-06-2011 04:19 PM
noelex77
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I guess what I am looking for is the smallest possible boat that still has a berth I can sleep comfortably on with another person.
The other option is a boat you can modify. One of my previous yachts was only 25 feet, but by removing the toilet and a hanging locker I was able to have a reasonably big bed.
It was a popular 1 design boat in Australia and my yacht became know as the one with the "passion pit".
Unfortunately often the front bulkhead is structural so this cannot be done on all boats.
The saloon can also be easily modified, on most yachts, into a great bed area.
Not so good for entertaining, but this is mostly done outside anyway.
04-06-2011 03:59 PM
AndreasNYC I guess what I am looking for is the smallest possible boat that still has a berth I can sleep comfortably on with another person.

I don't need luxury or fancy fittings, just like the idea of going on over night trips.

For example it seems the Beneteau 36CC's bed is too small because it come to a point.

a small place to cook would be great too

Andreas
04-06-2011 03:05 PM
Minnewaska Ours is an aft cabin with a queen size bed. The aft cockpit takes away ceiling height immediately over the bed, but you can almost sit up and read. Rolling over isn't remotely a concern. One of the most cavernous master stateroom's I've seen have been on a 58 Taswell and 62 Oyster. They have their own zip codes from the rest of the boat. How far are you willing to go to get what you're looking for?
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