Originally Posted by wolfenzee
My theory about v-births is this: most americans are used to having a seoerate room from the rest of the house to sleep in so the marketing
powers that be build boats with a dedicated sleeping area,.
Much as I would like to
.....I don't think fair to blame either Marketeers or Americans.
I just see it as boat design evolving to meet the changing requirements / needs of Owners.
Time was that working / recreational sailing boats had to be fitted out for extended time at sea (No or small engine), boat required a number of sails
and an ability to fix or replace stuff on the hoof. IMO the first recreational sailors were more about the sailing side than the sitting in port and simply enjoying life part (no criticism meant by that!).
But as the world moved on, accomadation in port became more important to an Owner than it had been, and especially with the advent of longer life sails
(Mainsail can be kept on boom season long, under a sail cover) and then the foresail reefing meant that the sail locker could become even smaller - or eliminated completely?!.....couple that with ever more reliable equipment
(less need for storage and working space) and better engines that meant voyages could be completed quickly, even when the wind
did not play ball together meant that the forepeak could become a forecabin - even if doubling as sail storage (the plus to that, above adding more berths for family
, who likely traditionally would have stayed onshore - is that provides a double bed
, for in port jiggy jiggy
....without having to alter the Saloon
Obviously it is
a layout that works for many (albeit mine is still a forepeak and will be staying that way - on 30' I don't need 7 berths