but I'm not so sure underway. I think I'd be rolling all over.Robyn
Didn't you say you were going to be sailing the Med on this boat? Honestly, how many overnight passages do you expect to be making in the Med a year? Most of my cruising in the Med was day sailing.
Also, I guess you missed the folks who said that even with a nice forward cabin berth, most slept in a quarter berth aft or on a salon berth when sailing at night, especially if not running.
As for a centerline berth, lee cloths work on one of those just as well as they do on any other berth aboard, not to mention the V-berth has a lot, a lot, more motion than a centerline queen berth farther aft. You can even sleep athwart-ship on one, as mentioned above.
But, bottom line, if you are anything like most other cruisers out there, you spend the vast majority of your nights in a marina or at anchor, so worrying about the viability of a centerline berth for those few nights you are actually sailing at night seems foolish compared to the pleasures of the bigger, more comfortable berth. And our stock, store bought mattress still is in fine shape after 10 years, unlike Mark's at 3.5.
I'm not trying to tell you what boat you should buy, but after nearly 50 years of living aboard boats, with a wife and family and alone, I am just trying to give you a head's up on what I've found makes a more comfortable liveaboard, especially if you have a wife. Ask anyone who has made a V-berth and a walk around centerline berth.