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Old 26-06-2020, 16:05   #31
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Re: We hate V berth , howto convert?

Have you actually slept in a V berth? Depending on your budget a good boat builder could modify any yacht you choose. We custom built our 10 metre yacht and have the toilet/shower in the bow then galley to port and large double bed opposite. Then settee and dinette aft. What surprised us is how much we all hang out on the double bed in the saloon. I have seen the drop down table that makes a double bed in a lot of yacht's left permanently down. Then the socialising all happens in the cockpit.
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Old 26-06-2020, 17:42   #32
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We sleep on the cabin sole in the saloon. On my previous boat, the seat back cushions fit the gap between the seats perfectly and we slept on them. With my present boat, my Japanese wife ordered a custom futon to fit in that place. During awake hours the futon is folded up and tucked away.
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Old 26-06-2020, 22:44   #33
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Look at the Island Packet sailboats. The 440 and 420 have a very good forward offset double and excellent forward shower/head. Their aft cabin is also excellent and has a 2-way access to the main shower/head. Older 40's and other models may also have good forward berth space.
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Old 27-06-2020, 06:15   #34
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We've converted the v-berth on our Catalina 320 into our walk-in closet. The boat has a decent sized aft berth. For a smaller boat the Catalina 310 has an awesome forward berth. Also the Catalina 355 has a nice walk around v-berth.
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Old 27-06-2020, 06:51   #35
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I forgot to mention , she does not want CC.
Why not a center cockpit? I find it easier it's easier to drive the boat when you have to and to dock in one.

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Re: We hate V berth , howto convert?

I hate small beds.

Our first yacht had a very small V berth. I extended the bed, but made a plywood structure that dropped in place. It could therefore be removed and returned to standard for resale and for class racing (which we also did).

The bed extension support I made was from marine ply so did not match the rest of interior. As it was a temporary, removable structure, it could be made for functionality without any great concern for the appearance, especially as it could not be seen when under the (new larger) mattress.

A similar modification should be possible on most boats.
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I hate small beds.

Our first yacht had a very small V berth. I extended the bed, but made a plywood structure that dropped in place. It could therefore be removed and returned to standard for resale and for class racing (which we also did).

The bed extension support I made was from marine ply so did not match the rest of interior. As it was a temporary, removable structure, it could be made for functionality without any great concern for the appearance, especially as it could not be seen when under the (new larger) mattress.

A similar modification should be possible on most boats.
Thats a great idea and been thinking the same..
Do you have any pictures of the upgrade?

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Thats a great idea and been thinking the same..
Do you have any pictures of the upgrade?

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Sorry, this was many years ago in the days of film cameras when no one took photos of mundane projects.

I do remember some construction details. There were two infill areas constructed of 6mm ply. In retrospect, this was probably too thin, but it was only a very lightweight boat and wanted to keep the added weight down. It therefore required a rather extensive web of stringers and ribs. These were from about 10x70mm hardwood epoxied to the underside of the ply to eliminate the flex.

The end result was supported by the existing bed and some frames standing on the floor made from the above hardwood.

As well as a much larger bed, there was additional storage created under the extension for very little extra weight, but it could be converted back to standard in few minutes.

In a one design class the yacht became quite famous as the one with the “passion pit” .

For a 42 foot cruising yacht, I would be much less concerned about the weight, which would simplifly the construction, but the principals still apply. A simple, temporary structure is not difficult to assemble and would prove the concept, and help refine the final design without significant commitment.

If this proves successful more extensive and permanent remodelling can be undertaken with confidence.

A large primary berth (bed) is a great luxury on board a yacht that in my opinion is more important from a comfort/convince point of view than many of the “extras” available.
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Sorry, this was many years ago in the days of film cameras when no one took photos of mundane projects.

I do remember some construction details. There were two infill areas constructed of 6mm ply. In retrospect, this was probably too thin, but it was only a very lightweight boat and wanted to keep the added weight down. It therefore required a rather extensive web of stringers and ribs. These were from about 10x70mm hardwood epoxied to the underside of the ply to eliminate the flex.

The end result was supported by the existing bed and some frames standing on the floor made from the above hardwood.

As well as a much larger bed, there was additional storage created under the extension for very little extra weight, but it could be converted back to standard in few minutes.

In a one design class the yacht became quite famous as the one with the “passion pit” .
I was just planning the same and could find no pics or videos about it. Thanks a lot
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Re: We hate V berth , howto convert?

Well, there are plenty of boats with a Pullman or wide aft berth. But be careful what you wish for though! V berth is my favorite. All the others feel stuffy to me. Pullman the very worst.
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