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Old 15-03-2011, 10:55   #1
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Above Water Line Berths

whats the deal? why is it so important?
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Old 15-03-2011, 11:03   #2
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Re: above water line berths...

You'd think the closer to the metacenter (longitudinal axis) the better. No idea about higher/lower waterline stuff.
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Old 15-03-2011, 11:36   #3
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Re: Above Water Line Berths

If your bunk/berth is above the water line then you have a better chance of sleeping warmly. If your bunk/berth is at the water line or below it you chance of sleeping warmly is about NIL! Even with bulkhead insulation.
Now which berth do you want on this trip?
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Old 15-03-2011, 12:10   #4
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If your bunk/berth is above the water line then you have a better chance of sleeping warmly. If your bunk/berth is at the water line or below it you chance of sleeping warmly is about NIL! Even with bulkhead insulation.
Now which berth do you want on this trip?
the highest one!!
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Old 15-03-2011, 12:25   #5
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Re: Above Water Line Berths

when it is hot,the bunk with the best ventilation,when it is very hot the lower bunk is better as hot air rises and the deck head gets hot................
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Re: Above Water Line Berths

In an uninsulated boat a berth placed low will be noisy. That's why I will sleep in the windward one on a crossing.

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Re: Above Water Line Berths

Iv learned something here today, thanks guys
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Re: Above Water Line Berths

This concern for height may carry over from cruise ships. You do not want a berth below the waterline on a cruise ship - you can't see out and it is noisy. You're also the first to go if your skipper pulls a Titanic. On a sailboat you're usually tired enough to fall asleep in whatever berth is available.
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Waterline? I just want to be on the low side because I have compassion for my lee cloths.
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In a seaway, the most sleep-inducing place is on a beanbag on the sole between the saloon berths right over the keel. That's where the movement is slowest, and it's comforting to know you can't fall any further.
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I made that statement last year on here and everyone thought I was nuts... good to meet a fellow 'experienced sailor'...
and its the fastest place to spring into action from... no crawling/squirming outa bunks...
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I made that statement last year on here and everyone thought I was nuts... good to meet a fellow 'experienced sailor'...
and its the fastest place to spring into action from... no crawling/squirming outa bunks...
We're gonna be labelled as "madder the Mad Jack McMad, winner of last year's Madman Competition".
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Re: Above Water Line Berths

Organising dive trips to the GBReef in my youth one of the motor trawlers I used had several aft bunks down low near the prop shafts.

Always let other fight for the ones up foward and high.
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Re: Above Water Line Berths

I haven't owned a boat that was capable of having a permanent berth below the water line. It takes one hell of a large boat to get enough realestate to fit a permanent below the waterline berth. Having said that, My wife always took the leeward berth and I slept on a ThermaRest camping mattress on the sole. It was really comfortable and had the least motion of anywhere I could have slept. I don't like lee cloths and getting in and out of transom/pilot berths is an accident waiting to happen.
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I made that statement last year on here ...

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