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SVD - the shape of that defunct water tank almost looks like it was meant to accommodate a dinette of some sort in the first place..

We currently have a center line table and we miss the off set Ushaped dinette we had in the last boat - it really frees up movement fore and aft below, esp with others there. I would go along with the thought that, if there's sufficient space that you may find such a dinette more practical than a 2x2 type of dinette. There is, however, as JRP noted a loss of table surface area. But overall it's a much cozier look and provides comfy "corners" for lounging.

Chuckle's mock up plan makes a lot of sense.
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I really don't think i could fit a u-shaped dinette in the area. The table with 2 benches idea is going to work out best. Ive also considered building it back to factory.

As for the water tank, why would anyone cut out half your fresh water storage?

This is what factory would have looked like.
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I really don't think i could fit a u-shaped dinette in the area. The table with 2 benches idea is going to work out best. Ive also considered building it back to factory.
SVD, from what I can see from your photos, if there's not enough room for a U-shape, it doesn't look like you'll have enough space.

Even making the seats higher, I'd suspect that the curvature of the hull will remove most, if not all, of the leg-room from the person against the hull (though okay for small kids I suppose) and the table will take up quite a bit of valuable storage space, although if it can be lowered, you'd have a double berth.

The reason pilot berths are fitted as standard in most small boats is because they maximise the available seating & storage space, given the curvature of the hull. U-shaped dinettes work great, but you need plenty of beam to have a seat against the hull and seating for two between that and the centerline...

.. but with that in mind, seeing as you're going to replace the bulkhead anyway, could you move your fore/aft passageway further to starboard?? It's a bigger job, but a U-shaped dinette might fit then.

Just my .05 cents worth...
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