Originally Posted by Discovery 15797
IMHO, athwartships berths are just a stupid idea; especially those that are cramped underneath a cockpit
. They were designed to increase space in the main cabin area or elongate cockpits.
Without knowing your specific boat, I would guess the reason for your vertigo could be even the slight rolling motion of the boat, or it could be due to the more confined space typical of aft athwartship berths.
I would only put people I hate in the V berth forward. And I don't associate with any lawyers, so it's just used for storage
at sea. My second favorite torture chamber would be an athwart bunk.
The best place to sleep is in the main cabin, in a berth aligned with the boat's direction (not athwart), on the "downhill" (downwind/leeward) side, with your head as close to the center of lateral resistance as possible (that's the point with the least dynamic movement). Fortunately, my bunks are set up just like that. But since much of seasickness is psychological, whatever works for you is best. Claustrophobia seems to be a factor for some people, so an area with more room might be better.
During periods of acute seasickness, try breathing in and out of a plastic or paper bag. Increased CO2 seems to help some people (it's an old trick for airsickness.) It definitely helps reduce diaphoresis -- that sweaty feeling you get before you vomit. If it doesn't work
, well, you've got the bag right there ready to go...
If your cabin can accommodate it, try stringing a hammock strung fore to aft - the boat rolls but you don't. It's an ancient solution (saves space too).
For greenhorn crew, I earnestly tell them check the bilge
every 5 minutes for signs "the boat is sinking" and the engine
room for fire - around bedtime, until they get sleepy and stop talking about being sick. Fear and a sense of purpose is a great distraction from seasickness. Ever notice how, in a serious storm, no one with anything to do ever gets sick?
Otherwise, sleep in the cockpit so the cockpit drains can clean up the mess - and there's plenty of fresh air.