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Re: Converting Starboard Settee to Double Bed
Not a 27ft boat but I have a system on my boat that may be of interest, no pictures at this time, sorry, but will try to describe because it's really simple.
A board of 16mm ply covers (lies on) the original bunk. On either end there is a strip of aluminium angle screwed to the bulkheads with the L down and out and level with the top of the additional board. So the board can be pulled out, sliding under the ali angle.
Under the leading edge of the sliding board, three fold-down legs support the outer end of the bunk extension when slid out. The mounting brackets on which the legs pivot are designed so that the legs go a little over-centre to prevent them accidentally folding away.
When not deployed, the cushions fit as usual, when deployed the backrest cushions fill the gap between the base cushions and the back of the bunk.
The only down side I can see for a small vessel is the the bunk becomes 40mm wider to accommodate the fold down legs. This may encroach more than is desirable into your passageway.
Hope this makes some sense.
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