Interesting question and I would like to see photos of other solutions and priorities.
On a smaller boat, the bottom line is you have to prioritize more on the primary use, with less space to create multi functional areas that could be used as a comfortable bed
for different conditions.
However coming up with inventive solutions for the type of sleeping comfort you want is still possible. (Cats we know have great space options, but I think we are discussing mono hull
Perhaps converting the dining area to a double as we do or the cockpit
to a double by using inflatable
mattresses is possible on your boat
As a live aboard I like my comfort, this is why I chose the bigger Stargazer for her multifunctional ergonomics.
I like a large aft “stateroom
” to maintain my privacy and with a traditional stern it is quiet. It should have a working office and internal access to a large storage lazarette at the stern as well as its own head
I prefer to compromise with the queen against one side, so as to gain a useable pilot berth on the other side with lee cloths, thus giving us individual bunks on both tacks and a nice settee at anchor
, with increased useable storage.
More importantly to me, the steering
quadrant/packing gland is easily accessible for maintenance
on long trips, rather than hidden under the bunk and forgotten.
For major passage
making the off-watch couple usually sleep in the convertible dining area, which has a slide down table to make a queen size bunk (complete with dancing pole).
Being amidships, it is the most comfortable spot to sleep and we all prefer it as it has a privacy curtain, so the on-watch can still quietly use the galley
Here are some photos of our layout which may not help the OP but might others