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Old 24-12-2015, 12:31   #1
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Berth Positions - Access

We are considering the purchase of a very specific catamaran. It is a great boat, but has a few things we aren't sure if we like...

One of our concerns is the berth access. All of the berths are oriented in such a way that one partner will be pinned against a wall, and not able to get out unless climbing over the other. We slept in this catamaran 4 nights together, and didn't have too much of a problem, but it was only 4 nights.

When we are at the boat show">Annapolis boat show, it seemed almost all the new catamarans had berths that could be accessed at the foot of the bed, and partners could get in and out without climbing over the other. (Level of disturbance unknown.)

Truth be known, unless we have guests, we may end up in separate berths anyways (she says I snore, I say she breaths funny...), so not sure how concerned I will be with this, but wanted to get feed-back from the experienced.

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Old 24-12-2015, 12:54   #2
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Re: Berth Positions - Access

Our owners berth was intended to be set up as you have described - it's a king size and the occupants were intended to sleep athwart ship, based on the orientation of the adjacent bookshelf (inboard). The furthest aft person has to crawl over the other. Right off the bat we concluded to "rotate" the people 90* such that we now lay fore and aft. This was easy as the bunk is (almost) perfectly square so we didn't sacrifice any length. Good luck.

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Old 24-12-2015, 13:00   #3
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Re: Berth Positions - Access

On our troller, one person is pinned against the wall and has to climb over. Our cat has access from the foot of the berth. Much to be preferred.
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On our troller, one person is pinned against the wall and has to climb over. Our cat has access from the foot of the berth. Much to be preferred.

Ours climbs into the berth from wherever she wants.
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Re: Berth Positions - Access

Our aft cabins also have athwartship doubles and my wife and I have no difficulty with ingress/egress; in fact, I sometimes linger a bit while sliding over my wife.....

In my experience with fore/aft oriented doubles, unless you have a proper island berth, with access from the sides as well as the front (or back) of the berth, you have to either crawl on hands and knees, or sit and slide your legs and feet around to get into a fore aft position. You are just as apt to make contact with your partner.

When we are not on alternating watches, we typically go to bed at the same time and as I have the aft side, I enter first. Here, having a side entry actually makes it easier than crawling into a tunnel. Would I prefer an 'island' berth? Of course. But it would certainly not be a deal breaker (or even a significant factor) for me.

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Re: Berth Positions - Access

We ruled our any boat with a single side entry berth very early in our search for a live-aboard.

One of the selling points of the Belize was the berth access.

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The St Francis 50 has four doubles which are accessed from the foot no climb over
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Re: Berth Positions - Access

Probably the most user friendly would be the FP Orana which has easy wide access from both sides and the foot of the master.


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Re: Berth Positions - Access

Our 36' Solaris Sunstar has access from one side of the berths only.
Just one more form of togetherness lol.


Our house has a larger bed that is accessible from both sides. We would both rather be on the boat.
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Re: Berth Positions - Access

I think it all depends on who is crawling over you at night.....personally it is one of the endearing features as well as better use of space....unless she is wearing one of those masks!
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Re: Berth Positions - Access

Our 35' Fountaine Pajot Tobago has the athwartship double in the owners cabin. Not ideal, but as others have mentioned, it's just part of the fun crawling over your partner if necessary! It's really just a minor issue, can't imagine it would be a game-stopper for an otherwise perfect boat. Heck, just let the one that cares have the easy-access side of the berth.
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Re: Berth Positions - Access

Karen....what do you mean by "the one that cares"?

I rationalize that as a light sleeper, I am the one getting up at night just to check things.... So I am on the access side....not to mention that I naturally spoon to starboard
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I think it all depends on who is crawling over you at night.....personally it is one of the endearing features as well as better use of space....unless she is wearing one of those masks!
Score 1 point for the climb over entry, no pun intended, (at least not at first).
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Re: Berth Positions - Access

Haha - "The one that cares" lightheartedly meant "the one that needs to go to the head during the night".

I guess it is more of a problem if one person is a light-sleeper, or can't go back to sleep if disturbed. We seem to manage just fine. If one of us loses a bit of sleep, we just make up for it by an extra nap the next day! Cheers
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We have a Lagoon 450 and find the layout works fine for two.


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