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Old 13-07-2014, 13:50   #1
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Which Cabin?

This is an ongoing discussion between me and the missus. Not sure which forum to gather other owner opinions on this but will put it here. On a 2-cabin, 1-head boat which do you prefer, the V-berth, pullman forward or aft berth? (Considering several different interior plans.)
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Old 13-07-2014, 13:55   #2
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Re: Which cabin?

Never had an aft cabin. The advantage of the v berth is ventilation. The forward hatch with some form of wind scoop makes a comfortable berth in warm weather. Might not be such an advantage if you sail in intemperate climes. Not a comfortable berth at sea, however.
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Old 13-07-2014, 14:01   #3
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Re: Which cabin?

I agree with the above. Our boat is currently in charter, but we always take the forward cabin due to better ventilation. Still, our hatch isn't over the berth but it is a bigger hatch and still lets the air flow in. Cabin also has a bit more space and storage.
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Re: Which cabin?

The size of the V berth, your age and "Factor of Spry" and where you're going to sail all have something to do with it. Many folks like pullmans, others dislike it for the climb-over issue. Some folks love their aft cabins, others think they're caves.

These are the issues, pretty obvious. What we like has nothing to do with it. It's what specific boats you're looking at that do matter.

That said, our 34 footer has the world's largest V berth (much bigger than the same builder's 36 footer's), we ain't gettin' any younger but we love it. And we bought the boat because of the great aft cabin, which is now a "garage" that gets occasional use.

What do YOU like?
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Old 13-07-2014, 14:28   #5
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Re: Which cabin?

We've only chartered, either from a charter company or from the club we were in in SoCal, and in all cases we've never tried the V-berth. We both identify with the "cave" concept in the aft. We are chartering in the BVIs next March and will get a shot at the V.
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In our Hunter 356 we use the aft berth which is a queen sized bed. We use the generator and have HVAC on all,the time so aren't concerned with ventilation. Our V berth is storage.
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Old 13-07-2014, 15:20   #7
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Re: Which cabin?

On our two cabin, two head 41, we use the aft as the master. More sleeping space (the berth is athwart ships), more storage for clothes and gear, direct access to the head. The forward Pullman berth is comfortable also and better ventilated, but kind of a one and a half person size.


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Re: Which Cabin?

We remained in our V-berth and split our large aft cabin to form two small cabins for our son and daughter. They moved away years ago and we returned the aft cabin to it's original large stateroom, but we still sleep foreward. We choose this mainly for the ventilation when anchored out.
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My Contest 36s is a one head three cabin plan with a standard V berth forward of a walk through head. The aft cabin has cushions which allow one to sleep in a fore-aft or an athwartship postion. But in either one person is "landlocked" which is not the case in the V.

The aft cabin has 3 operable ports which provide adequate ventilation for most conditions. I have added a Hella 2 speed fan which solves the ventilation problem and can be aimed at the "head" area. The heat supply is on stbd so it works better for athwartship sleeping.

We use the aft cabin for sleep and the V is now essentially a walk in storage closet... which we clear out for guests on those occasions. We prefer being separations between the head and the aft sleeping cabin by the salon. And in the Contest 36 most of the storage lockers (one hanging, one with shelves and 3 others are in the aft cabin so it makes more sense as a berth for sleeping to have you clothing near. I think in this boat the aft cabin was clearly intended as the owner's sleeping berth. And it makes perfect sense.
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Re: Which Cabin?

V-berth, definitely. I am 6' tall and my wife is 5'6". We have slept in the v-berth of boats ranging from 23' up to 45'. We have never had any problem with the berth being too small, have never had a problem with our feet getting tangled, or anything else. We will ALWAYS choose the v-berth, if we have a choice.
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Old 21-07-2014, 07:56   #11
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Re: Which Cabin?

We have a two head, two cabin Beneteau 393 and we use both cabins depending on the weather. If it is cool, we use the aft bunk and if the weather is hot we sleep forward where there is a better flow of air.
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Re: Which Cabin?

V berth is good as long as your not moving and there is no swell, other wise, it can get exciting up there. as in zero G training, and on some boats you hear the water slapping the hull pretty loud
We have a Pullman and the climb over is an issue as well as it's ain't the King size bed we are used to at home, but it's a good compromise for us, aft cabin as has been stated is fine if Wx is cool or your air conditioned, otherwise it's just too hot back there.

Have you looked at a center cockpit boat? Their aft cabins usually aren't "cave like"
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Re: Which Cabin?

We don't understand why there are just fewer CC boats. Can someone enlighten us?


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The fo'c'sle, of course!
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Re: Which Cabin?

We like our pullman mainly because we both like to sit up in bed and read before we go to sleep. A lot of the V berths I have seen lack a bulkhead/headboard to lean back against. Also, the head of our bed is located right at the mast so the motion is better than it would be all the way forward. We've gotten used to climbing over one another and honestly don't even notice it anymore.
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