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Old 22-10-2015, 21:50   #31
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Re: input on minimum bunk size for cruising couple?

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I figure I'm the same size cruising that I am at home, why would it be less. In fact, in the heat, you need more room, not less, for air circulation.

Queen minimum. I'd like to see more kings.
at 30' there are a lot of thing I have to do with less than at home.

if you can fit a king or even a queen on my farallon 29 I am all ears tell me how you do it
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Old 22-10-2015, 22:50   #32
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I wasnt hasty at all. I asked a question of people with experience about what worked for them in the long haul. not what fits at the moment. I have slept 2 up, in bags while hiking and have a pretty good idea of what fits and works in the short term. since Iam the op iI think I know what I was asking about and that wasnt it. and what on earth does a lopsided vberth have to do with my question.

thank you to those of you that have shared your experience regarding bunk width I will be ex ppl loring the possibility the next time I get aboard
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Re: Input on Minimum Bunk Size For Cruising Couple?

Ergonomics of wooden boat design.

Boat bunks, fitting-out ideas for your wooden boat.
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Re: Input on Minimum Bunk Size For Cruising Couple?

This says a min of 22" at the head and a min of 15" at the feet. It does not say if two people need 44" and 30". Two of us have slept on a rectangle 39" wide. Length was not a problem but 39" witdth was a problem. We could fall asleep but not stay asleep. So this got old after just a few nights. So 44" wide sounds better and 48" better yet and 54" still better. I know 54" works very well for us but 39" did not work. So somewhere between is your answer.

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Old 23-10-2015, 10:12   #36
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Just remember how ever big she gets 3/4s of the bed!!


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Re: Input on Minimum Bunk Size For Cruising Couple?

IMHO anything less than 7' long and 6' wide is a waste of time. And if it is (a case of) a new partner (congrats!) then the mattress must be at least 5'' thick and not foam but rather something that stands better to the test of countless compression/decompression cycles.


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Re: Input on Minimum Bunk Size For Cruising Couple?

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would like to hear some real world input on how big a bunk is needed for a cruising couple. currently the main bunk area is the V berth. the size is adequate but the head room is horrible. I am thinking of expanding/modifying the salon settee birth to acomadate a couple regularly. it is currently a rectangle and is long enough. I can make it a bit wider with a slide out type thing but am limited by the keel stepped mast. I can expand it more towards the hull but will end up with a truncated right triangle shape. obviously the wider end for the head and shoulders with less space for feet and leggs. not to different than a V birth.

what do you think is needed minimal width at the shoulders and feet would be for regular use as primary bunk for extended cruising couple.

this is a 30 footer so a minimalist mindset is already in place

thanks for your thoughts and experience
Had you ever considered putting in an upper bunk, if head room permits. Some manufacturers put a lower on one side and an upper on the other in place of a vee berth. Only the forward ends overlap and permit foot room on both.
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Had you ever considered putting in an upper bunk, if head room permits. Some manufacturers put a lower on one side and an upper on the other in place of a vee berth. Only the forward ends overlap and permit foot room on both.
question was not about modifing vberths, was not about two seperate bunks. question is about space need for a couple in one bunk. please stay on topic
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question was not about modifing vberths, was not about two seperate bunks. question is about space need for a couple in one bunk. please stay on topic
Sorry if I offended you. If you need to sleep together fine. My error!
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Re: Input on Minimum Bunk Size For Cruising Couple?

I have a 25 foot catalina. I removed the dinette table table due to it being in the way ebwhen walking through and made two 28 inch wide boards that fit from port to starboard in place of the dinette. They fit between the settees and then we lay the cushions down in the boards and then we have an inflatable full size mattress on top of that. It takes about 5 mins to set up after we figured out the best way. I store the boards under the rear half berth. We sleep comfortable at anchor or at dockside. Not sure if that would work for you or not but it's an idea.

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Re: Input on Minimum Bunk Size For Cruising Couple?

While I couldn't find a layout with specs I would go a little different route perhaps. A good inflatable bed could sit across the main cabin. They are pretty rigid and some have self inflating and deflating. I would think a couple of boards could easily support it. You could store it and bedding in the V berth. As an example.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=sr_1_2&sr=8-2

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Those inflatable beds are comfortable and is a good idea. The Areo bed comes in a single and queen size. It pumps up fast and deflates fast. The electric pump can probably pump it up 4 maybe 5 times on one charge.

It stores in it's own bag.

But if you look at other air beds you could probably find one that is not as wide as the 60" queen sizes Areo bed if 60" is too wide.

I have used air beds a lot while camping or on my little boat. I sleep really well on them. But it was just me.

I will note also the air bed can stick out a few inches beyond it's support and still work. Just as an example a 60" wide Areo bed could be supported by a 56" wide support easy. Maybe even a 54" supported area. So don't think if you have a 60" wide air bed you need 60" wide support becase you don't.

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That's how I do it anchorbend and it sends to work good. The first few times we sat it up it took longer than we wanted with lots of moving and maneuvering in a small space but now that we know what to do and how to do it, it takes 5 mins or less. I suck the air out of the air mattress in the morning and it rolls up to about the size of a sleeping bag and stores under the seats.

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