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Old 06-01-2012, 18:00   #1
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Missing My V-berth

Is it just me? I have been trying to adjust to sleeping in an aft cabin (3+ weeks now) and the constant slapping of water on the hull is making me nuts and exhausted. I can't hear anything the boat is doing other than slap, slap, slap, growl . . . and I can't sleep for it. It slaps even in very calm water.

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Re: Missing my V-berth

To me the V is the primo berth. Others disagree. I like to hear the anchor rig, open a hatch directly overhead for a wonderful night breeze, stick my head out if the wind changes in the middle of the night etc.. yeah... it's harder to get into compared with a walk-around aft berth....
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Slept in the saloon rather than the master cabin at the bow because of the hull-slapping forward.
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My favourites the saloon double... when I've had a saloon...lol
But then I prefered the aft to the V on my Bendi's...
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Re: Missing my V-berth

Love the bow. Air down the hatch, prairie-dog abilities, but maybe you had other compelling issues: why did you switch?
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The bow will slap a little when the wind is adverse to the tidal current. Aft, the wavelets seem to slap up under the flat hull sections. It can be annoying at times, but I would guess you'll learn to tune it out....
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My favourites the saloon double... when I've had a saloon...lol
But then I prefered the aft to the V on my Bendi's...

Glad to hear from you Boatman. I am on a Beneteau First 41s5 - probably should have mentioned that - oops.
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Glad to hear from you Boatman. I am on a Beneteau First 41s5 - probably should have mentioned that - oops.
Hey nice one Aqua.... you've moved up in the world...
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Slept in the saloon rather than the master cabin at the bow because of the hull-slapping forward.

If it is not too nosey to ask, what make/model was the boat?
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To me the V is the primo berth. Others disagree. I like to hear the anchor rig, open a hatch directly overhead for a wonderful night breeze, stick my head out if the wind changes in the middle of the night etc.. yeah... it's harder to get into compared with a walk-around aft berth....

Yea, me too.
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If it is not too nosey to ask, what make/model was the boat?
Seahorse Marine Coot
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Love the bow. Air down the hatch, prairie-dog abilities, but maybe you had other compelling issues: why did you switch?

My significant other prefers it. So I am trying . . . .
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Try earplugs. I find they work great. We also arranged swim noodles at the stern/water interface and they cut down on the noise of the hull slap.
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LOL.... bet you get to sleep near the stern... "May have to get to get up fast if we drag.." .... that was my excuse for being by the exit...
Mine was the Oceanis 331... swim platform lip was just on water level so slap was minimal..
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Re: Missing my V-berth

I love my aft cabin, affectionately known as the "afterbirth",but it is very noisy if I am docked stern to the wind. The builder extended the transom by three feet, bringing it up out of the water, and creating wonderful large flat surfaces under the stern for the small waves to pound on. On a steel hull, you have to hear it to believe it!
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1. sleep up for'd on the pilot berth
2. anchor out, in which case I am always bow into wind and waves
3. run a line through one or two of those nerf tube swimming aids you see kids playing with at the pool or beach. Tie one end to the stern port cleat, throw it over the stern, snug the cushioned line up against the transom at the water line, and tie the other end to the starb'd cleat.
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