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Old 21-11-2012, 21:33   #1
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Two rear cabin's or one + storage locker?

Hi there,

Been looking at a lot of boats and have noticed a lot of them come with the option of two rear berth's or one plus a storage locker. Sometimes this locker allows a slightly larger galley.

I was wondering what people's views are on this. I guess the you could use one of the rear berth's as storage when you need it, but still as a berth if you have extra people over, whereas with the locker / shed idea you're fixed.

Any reason's why you'd go for the extra locker / storage space over a berth?

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Old 21-11-2012, 22:17   #2
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Re: Two rear cabin's or one + storage locker?

I'm going without any rear cabins and have instead two big storage lockers and a dinghy bay lazarete. At sea two seaberths behind the settees and a forward cabin for two is enough for my purposes.
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My 6 rear cabins were removed to make a garage for the 24' runabout and jetskis. It's great!
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Re: Two rear cabin's or one + storage locker?

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Hi there,

Been looking at a lot of boats and have noticed a lot of them come with the option of two rear berth's or one plus a storage locker. Sometimes this locker allows a slightly larger galley.

I was wondering what people's views are on this. I guess the you could use one of the rear berth's as storage when you need it, but still as a berth if you have extra people over, whereas with the locker / shed idea you're fixed.

Any reason's why you'd go for the extra locker / storage space over a berth?

Regards,
Simon
Have seen several designs, Ben 473 example, with either an office or full workshop ++ storage for parts etc.. I like the work shop and lots of spare parts in one spot. Many times I see parts stored forward. Bad for weight reasons.
What are your long term needs? Guests or work shop. If you are a local sailor, you don't need workshop or carry ton of parts. New boat buyers should IDENTIFY their specific needs. Buy a boat to fit that need! Also check with the Admiral or no new boat period!!!!just sayin'...
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Old 22-11-2012, 00:04   #5
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Re: Two rear cabin's or one + storage locker?

On many boats, like this one, the rear berths are the only ones nice to sleep in while at sea. Then on some the rear berths are almost uninhabitable at anchor because of the wave slap noise.
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Old 22-11-2012, 03:14   #6
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The problem with storage lockers is we tend to fill them with stuff.
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Re: Two rear cabin's or one + storage locker?

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Hi there,

Been looking at a lot of boats and have noticed a lot of them come with the option of two rear berth's or one plus a storage locker. Sometimes this locker allows a slightly larger galley.

I was wondering what people's views are on this. I guess the you could use one of the rear berth's as storage when you need it, but still as a berth if you have extra people over, whereas with the locker / shed idea you're fixed.

Any reason's why you'd go for the extra locker / storage space over a berth?

Regards,
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Resale value would be one consideration possibly. Many people want more berths. Using a rear berth for storage rather than as an outside locker gives you more options I think.
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We converted one aft berth to storage and used for about 4 years and are going to convert back to a berth this year. There is enough storage under the bunk that we dont feel we gain anything and it is nice for family that are visiting to have thier own bed. We also have two kids so would like them to have more space than the vberth
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Any reason's why you'd go for the extra locker / storage space over a berth?
All comes down to how many people to plan to normally have on the boat!

Kind of like whether if you are just would prefer to have a 3 bedroom house or a 2 bedroom with a storage room.

I would chose the storage/workroom myself.
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Re: Two rear cabin's or one + storage locker?

As Don L pointed out, it depends on the number of people you intend to have regularly on the boat.

We are a couple who occasionally have one other couple or one of our adult kids along. So we wanted an aft berth large enough for another couple to sleep comfortably. When we have more than 4 adults for an overnight, we have the salon settees that are great.

On our Sabre 425 the aft berth is a queen and the bulkhead extends beyond the center line so it takes up about 5/8th of the width of the boat aft. The outside storage locker is big enough for one additional sail and a rolled up dinghy.

The queen aft is great underway and at anchor, though we get a little stern slap on occasion.

We wouldn't trade the locker for another berth as likely all the stuff we have in the locker would wind up on the berth anyway.
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