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Old 01-10-2014, 21:15   #16
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Re: Graceful vee berth exit?

I crawl over my husband, which gives him the opportunity to grab me. Most times it makes for a nice morning, sometimes a bad one if I haven't slept well. I do agree on the yoga to keep flexible.
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You have a walk around queen in the V Berth?
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Well, maybe not a TOTAL walk around, but great interior design. Good coastal cruiser.

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Re: Graceful vee berth exit?

Mattdwyer,

For my age, I'm probably limber, but two major knee surgeries have left my knees less perfect than the ones with which I was born.....I have the easy exit side of our berth, and what I do, is scoot forward till I can lean back and lift my legs over Jim, then continue the pivot, so's I can get my feet facing aft in the boat, in order to exit the berth. Jim climbs out facing forward, on his knees, till he can step off. I would do similarly, but kneeling is extremely uncomfortable, so I rarely do it. Hope this helps.

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Old 02-10-2014, 03:38   #19
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Interesting to hear all the different techniques, thanks. Planning experiments...

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Well, maybe not a TOTAL walk around, but great interior design. Good coastal cruiser.




We do sleep with our heads towards the bow. It's definitely wider than it looks on the layout.


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Re: Graceful vee berth exit?

Layout looks nice. I like wider, modern, shoal draft boats at anchor (not commenting on cqr's though!), and skinnier, deep draft boats under sail to weather. I was not thrilled with C36 under sail (it was not the tall rig though), but I'm pretty picky I guess.

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I like wider, modern, shoal draft boats at anchor (not commenting on cqr's though!), and skinnier, deep draft boats under sail to weather.
Isn't this the dilemma we all face? There really is no such thing as having the comforts of a wide beam, high freeboard boat with the sailing performance of a deep draft, fin-keeled racer and the seaworthiness of a heavy full-keeled long range cruiser. Its about finding what compromises work best for you.

Personally we are liveaboards and cruisers. We spend the vast majority of time on our boat not moving. And our cruising plans only include the US East Coast, Bahamas, Caribbean and some limited areas in South America. So we went with a comfortable base of operations approach over sail performance or the ability to handle severe weather.
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Re: Graceful vee berth exit?

We're fortunate that the vee berth on our Westwind 35 is wide enough towards the pointy end that we can sleep with our heads towards the bow. It's kinda high off the cabin sole, so you still want to be careful getting out! Ssssplaaat!



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Re: Graceful vee berth exit?

I remember eating some bad muscles in Holland once - I exited the V berth vertically through the fore-hatch without touching anything till I got to the rail!!!
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I kept wishing there were handholds overhead - I could have just pulled myself out %-)

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That is exactly what occurred to me at 3 am when the banging on the hull started! And its not just v-berths those 3-cabin 34-footers have some nasty aft cabins...

Grab bars are the first thing I am going to install on my boat... if I ever get one... sigh...
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Well, every grab bar is also potential head bumper, so not sure if that works well. You're right about most aft berths too. Yoga perhaps.

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Thats actually a really good and feasible idea. The best part is they would be duel purposed for frisky nights
Hahaha AND depending on how installed, could do pull ups!
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Re: Graceful vee berth exit?

Lying on my back, lift knees to chest, spin like a break dancer until rear facing aft, extend legs and sit up, stand, raise hands above head, and shout TaDa.


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Re: Graceful vee berth exit?

Reading all of the above... I've been having some scary visuals....

I reckon it would be a good idea to wear grundies when sleeping in the focsle... if only for the sake of the children....
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