when my wife and I would do offshore
passages, we would either be in the cockpit
(which can be incredibly protected if you have a wrap around enclosure) or on the settee (which again is incredibly comfortable). You just don't want to be far enough that a someone yelling over the wind
can't get you up. An L shaped settee is great for that. If you've got a big enough crew, then aft cabins are good. But the 99% of the time you are at anchor
, forward births have wonderful ventilation, really a positive. Nothing beats a cool breeze flowing over you at anchor
, and the shape of most of the decks of cats and the hatches over head act as a wind
tunnel so you wouldn't have a need for a wind sock. If you've got young kids
, such as toddlers or babies, a birth that is really wide helps because the kids
will want to sleep with you, and you with them for security
. Also side cupboards next to the births can have the doors removed and be used as small little births for infants. Last with small crawling age kids you can secure the typical bridgedeck births with two sets of stainless hand hold bars and run netting between to prevent them from spilling out at nap time.
Can you tell we brought our new born home from the hospital to the boat
? Oh, if it were teenagers, I'd sleep aft birth opposite the swimladder. That's the side they'd need to board and unboard to go into the dingy. Any attempts to leave ship in the middle of the night and you'll know!