A tough decision for sure! My observation is that the Pulman arrangement means that the outboard sleeper must crawl over the inboard one each time nature, a slapping halyard
, anchor alarm
or other factor requires getting up. The center line berth as shown in the Outward 46 brochure you posted looks comfy all right, but unless you fitted lee-cloths any heel angle or rolling would make sleeping an adventure!
Insatiable II is a fairly similar boat
in many ways. We have a more traditional Vee-berth forward, where the mattress extends clear out to the hull
ceilings. No worries about falling out, but a bitch to make up. For what it's worth, we often sleep forward while on passage
(unlesss going to windward in more than about 10 kts true). Much quieter there, out of the traffic and activity of the watch-keeper.
All in all, the Outward design looks good for a production boat, and since it was designed by Carl, I'm sure that it will sail really well.
Good luck with it...
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Gladstone Qld Oz