Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-26-2015, 06:29 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
cool beans's Avatar
 
City: Norfolk, VA
Country: USA
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 238
Comfiest V-Berth?

Not sure what forum would be best for this question?

Regardless, any leads on boats with the comfiest v-berths? A lot of the boats on the smaller end of the scale (or sedans) that I'm coming across have v-berths instead of doubles/queens. What boats would you think had the comfiest for living aboard? What things should one look out for?
__________________
Advertisement

cool beans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 07:14 PM   #2
Guru
 
Moonstruck's Avatar
 
City: Hailing Port: Charleston, SC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Moonstruck
Vessel Model: Sabre 42 Hardtop Express
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 7,854
Quote:
Originally Posted by cool beans View Post
Not sure what forum would be best for this question?

Regardless, any leads on boats with the comfiest v-berths? A lot of the boats on the smaller end of the scale (or sedans) that I'm coming across have v-berths instead of doubles/queens. What boats would you think had the comfiest for living aboard? What things should one look out for?
I have had 3 boats with roomy comfortable V berths. You can also have a custom made mattress for them. I had these folks make a custom shaped mattress for my island queen. It is more comfortable than my bed at home.

Custom Mattress, Boat Mattress, Yacht Mattress, RV Mattress, Short Queen Mattress, Trailer Mattress, Marine Mattress, Round Mattress, Foam Mattress, Latex Mattress - Comfort Custom Mattresses & Marine Bedding Inc.

I did the individual pocketed coil springs similar to Beauty Rest.
__________________

__________________
Don on Moonstruck
Sabre 42 Hardtop Express & Blackfin 25 CC
When cruising life is simpler, but on a grander scale (author unknown)
http://moonstruckblog.wordpress.com/
Moonstruck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 08:23 PM   #3
Guru
 
siestakey's Avatar
 
City: Sarasota,FL/Thomasville,GA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Steppin Stone IV
Vessel Model: Marine Trader Kelly Trawler 46
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,271
Send a message via Skype™ to siestakey
Custom is great our dock neighbors bought a great one from this place

HMC Designer Boatbeds Additional Pop-Up-Buckles

the hinge is real help

this is his boat (sistership) Nordhaven

so if we are talking best or most comfortable we can talk even better then his

mine is very basic but nice but my boat is worth 1/10th of his

his matress folds about 18 inches from the head
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Ralphs V.jpg
Views:	126
Size:	105.7 KB
ID:	42513  
siestakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 09:46 PM   #4
Guru
 
psneeld's Avatar
 
City: Avalon, NJ
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Freedom
Vessel Model: Albin 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 15,928
vee beths can be just as comfy...the question is of convenience for getting in and out and ease of making it up like a real bed.


My 37 Silverton Convertible had a huge comfy, vee berth. I lived aboard for over 2 years and loved it. A PIA to make up...but comfy and easy to get in and out of.


I would say the same for my Albin...but the queen in the master is where the captains quarters are.
psneeld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 09:47 PM   #5
Guru
 
windmill29130's Avatar
 
City: Little River SC
Vessel Name: JAZ
Vessel Model: Ta Chaio/CT35
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 716
V Berth's suck, Aft Cabins are the best!
__________________
Tracy & Susie Hellman 1985 Ta Chiao CT 35
Twin Lehman Super 90's Westerbeke 4.4kw
Lightkeepers Marina -Little River, SC
windmill29130 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 10:10 PM   #6
Guru
 
Moonstruck's Avatar
 
City: Hailing Port: Charleston, SC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Moonstruck
Vessel Model: Sabre 42 Hardtop Express
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 7,854
V berths access is great. They are like twin beds. When we used the V Berths, we put on fitted sheets and slept under down comforters. Fold the comforter, and the bed was made. I have slept as well on V berths as a queen.



__________________
Don on Moonstruck
Sabre 42 Hardtop Express & Blackfin 25 CC
When cruising life is simpler, but on a grander scale (author unknown)
http://moonstruckblog.wordpress.com/
Moonstruck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 10:29 PM   #7
TF Site Team
 
FlyWright's Avatar
 
City: California Delta and SF Bay
Country: Sacramento, CA, USA (boat in Vallejo)
Vessel Name: FlyWright
Vessel Model: Marshall Californian 34 LRC
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 10,195
It depends on the size of the boat. Don's V berth looks very comfortable as twins. Many V berths are small with no center access and require one to climb over the 'head' of the bed to enter. Not my idea of comfort.

I'd prefer an island bed in the forward stateroom that allows access to each side of the bed and no need to climb over the pillows or the other person to gain entry.

My boat has neither. I have twin bunks on the fwd stateroom and tight double bed in the midship stateroom that requires a climb-over maneuver to enter/exit. I have been told that our next boat (if there ever is one) will have an island bed. Aye, aye, Admiral!!
__________________
Al

Custom Google Trawler Forum Search
FlyWright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 10:44 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
City: MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Blue Yonder
Vessel Model: 37
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 346
Nice! I've always loved the woodwork on a Sabre. I think the mattress is more important than the shape. I have owned boats with v berths and now own a boat with an island queen. I always slept well in either one.

Investing in custom fitted sheets makes for a more pleasant night. I hate waking up in the middle of the night with the sheets pulled off of the mattress.
BlueYonder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 10:56 PM   #9
Scraping Paint
 
City: -
Country: -
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 13,748
The forward cabin of our GB36 with its vee-berth arrangement and its own head has been very well remarked on by all our guests who have used it, some for two weeks straight. The boat was built with a queen berth in the aft cabin and it's terrific, particularly with the memory foam pad my wife installed on top of the mattress.

But we've had guests who said their nights in the vee-berths were the best night's sleep the've had. In fact, each berth in the forward cabin is longer than the queen berth in the aft cabin. I've not measured them but I figure they are at least seven and a half feet long if not a full eight feet.
Marin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-26-2015, 11:46 PM   #10
Guru
 
Moonstruck's Avatar
 
City: Hailing Port: Charleston, SC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Moonstruck
Vessel Model: Sabre 42 Hardtop Express
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 7,854
Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyWright View Post
It depends on the size of the boat. Don's V berth looks very comfortable as twins. Many V berths are small with no center access and require one to climb over the 'head' of the bed to enter. Not my idea of comfort.

I'd prefer an island bed in the forward stateroom that allows access to each side of the bed and no need to climb over the pillows or the other person to gain entry.

My boat has neither. I have twin bunks on the fwd stateroom and tight double bed in the midship stateroom that requires a climb-over maneuver to enter/exit. I have been told that our next boat (if there ever is one) will have an island bed. Aye, aye, Admiral!!
Al, that V berth was in my trawler. The island queen is in the bow of the Sabre. It's up two steps. Lot's of pressure being up on that bed.
__________________
Don on Moonstruck
Sabre 42 Hardtop Express & Blackfin 25 CC
When cruising life is simpler, but on a grander scale (author unknown)
http://moonstruckblog.wordpress.com/
Moonstruck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 12:11 AM   #11
TF Site Team
 
FlyWright's Avatar
 
City: California Delta and SF Bay
Country: Sacramento, CA, USA (boat in Vallejo)
Vessel Name: FlyWright
Vessel Model: Marshall Californian 34 LRC
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 10,195
You must have felt like you were on a stage. I can see why you sold the boat.
__________________
Al

Custom Google Trawler Forum Search
FlyWright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 02:10 AM   #12
Guru
 
BandB's Avatar
 
City: Fort Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 13,183
Quote:
Originally Posted by Moonstruck View Post
I have had 3 boats with roomy comfortable V berths. You can also have a custom made mattress for them. I had these folks make a custom shaped mattress for my island queen. It is more comfortable than my bed at home.

Custom Mattress, Boat Mattress, Yacht Mattress, RV Mattress, Short Queen Mattress, Trailer Mattress, Marine Mattress, Round Mattress, Foam Mattress, Latex Mattress - Comfort Custom Mattresses & Marine Bedding Inc.

I did the individual pocketed coil springs similar to Beauty Rest.
We bought one custom mattress for our home from selectabed.com, a similar company to the one you mention. We immediately wanted all our mattresses from them and that's all we have now, home or boat. They aren't as expensive as I thought they would be. Probably every area of the country has someone who makes custom mattresses.
BandB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 06:06 AM   #13
FF
Guru
 
FF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 16,534
Single bunks in a V berth work fine , as you can get in & out with ease,

When a double is attempted pushed in the bow , to get in or out one must climb over the pillows.

Much ungood!
FF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 06:46 AM   #14
Veteran Member
 
windled's Avatar
 
City: Manotick, Ontario
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: The Emerald
Vessel Model: Silverton 31C
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 48
So here's an added question about V berth comfort: what about bow wave slap noise?


In our current boat, a Silverton 31C, there is a hard 3" -4" horizontal jog in the topside running from the bow to below the water line, to deflect bow wave spray. The problem is that even the smallest waves compress in this "slot" as they move aft and at the waterline they slap, loudly. I'm not to bad with it, but my wife simply cannot sleep at all. This occurs at anchor, not at the dock, so we are currently restricted to dock side mooring only. IF we decide to keep this boat then I'm going to have to partially fill these in with an inverted quarter found filler to eliminate this noise, because we love anchoring out...


What about others... is this a V berth comfort problem for anyone else? And a consideration under cool beans original question?


Dale.
__________________
Captain Dale Windle
Manotick, Ontario, Canada
1986 Silverton 31C
windled is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 06:51 AM   #15
Guru
 
Forkliftt's Avatar
 
City: Biloxi Mississippi
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Patricia Louise II
Vessel Model: 1983 42' Present Sundeck
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 2,433
We are "remodeling" the front cabin and had new mattresses made locally by a small shop and they did a decent job. We replaced poorly fitting vinyl cushions. I removed the foam from the covers on the originals- then trimmed it to the correct size for a templet. It sure made for a good fit. I suspect they will be much more comfortable than the originals.
If it rains- I like to sleep on the top bunk in the front cabin.
Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTrawler Forum1437994094.699238.jpg
Views:	79
Size:	29.6 KB
ID:	42526Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTrawler Forum1437994132.952163.jpg
Views:	109
Size:	38.0 KB
ID:	42527Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTrawler Forum1437994151.554016.jpg
Views:	105
Size:	33.9 KB
ID:	42528Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByTrawler Forum1437994172.687787.jpg
Views:	91
Size:	32.0 KB
ID:	42529


1983 Present 42 Sundeck
Twin Lehman 135's
✌️
__________________
Steve Point Cadet/ Biloxi, Mississippi USA
*Present 42 twin 135 Lehmans
Forkliftt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 06:53 AM   #16
Guru
 
psneeld's Avatar
 
City: Avalon, NJ
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Freedom
Vessel Model: Albin 40
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 15,928
Quote:
Originally Posted by windled View Post
So here's an added question about V berth comfort: what about bow wave slap noise?


In our current boat, a Silverton 31C, there is a hard 3" -4" horizontal jog in the topside running from the bow to below the water line, to deflect bow wave spray. The problem is that even the smallest waves compress in this "slot" as they move aft and at the waterline they slap, loudly. I'm not to bad with it, but my wife simply cannot sleep at all. This occurs at anchor, not at the dock, so we are currently restricted to dock side mooring only. IF we decide to keep this boat then I'm going to have to partially fill these in with an inverted quarter found filler to eliminate this noise, because we love anchoring out...


What about others... is this a V berth comfort problem for anyone else? And a consideration under cool beans original question?


Dale.
It is a problem for many style boats and some of the occupants.

I think someone here a couple years ago did a similar mod like you are proposing.

Can't remember who but had pics to show the end result and said it worked well..a few others added what they had done. One guy used fenders but others doubted his ability to keep them in place IIRC.

Do a search for wave slap and you may turn up something.
psneeld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 07:15 AM   #17
TF Site Team
 
Pack Mule's Avatar
 
City: Paris,TN
Country: USA
Vessel Name: William
Vessel Model: Outer reef 32
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2,503
We have a v-berth. We rebuilt this one because it was a mess . It has good stand up room in the center and good head room while lying down. It's better than what we had on sailboat but not perfect . Joy makes up the bed and it's a real PITA . It sounds like a wrestling match going on . I offer to help but she say's I'd probably wind up with a black eye .
"Just have me a drink ready when I'm done"
Attached Images
 
__________________
Marty
Pack Mule is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 07:17 AM   #18
TF Site Team
 
Pack Mule's Avatar
 
City: Paris,TN
Country: USA
Vessel Name: William
Vessel Model: Outer reef 32
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2,503
Sorry for two posts .i shrunk the pics but still cant't get them in one post .
Attached Images
 
__________________
Marty
Pack Mule is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 07:18 AM   #19
Guru
 
O C Diver's Avatar
 
City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in Crisfield, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 4,822
Filled the steps in on my hull during the refit. Pictures aren't very good and the fairing compound color makes it appear poorly faired, but it's absolutely smooth and slick. The void was filled with Coosa board, then glassed over with 3 layers of biaxial cloth, and then faired and gel coated smooth. If the next owner wanted to remove it, it woold be a simple matter of grinding the glass off and redoing the gel coat as none of the hull glass was disturbed and there were no screws used.

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN1058.jpg
Views:	119
Size:	68.7 KB
ID:	42532

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN1059.jpg
Views:	103
Size:	70.5 KB
ID:	42533

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN1060.jpg
Views:	111
Size:	75.5 KB
ID:	42534

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN1061.jpg
Views:	107
Size:	70.6 KB
ID:	42535

Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN1062.jpg
Views:	138
Size:	77.2 KB
ID:	42537

Ted
__________________
Blog: mvslowhand.com
I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
O C Diver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 07:19 AM   #20
Guru
 
ranger42c's Avatar
 
City: Maryland
Country: USA
Vessel Model: 42' Sportfish
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 3,159
The original mattresses in the v-berth of our 34 Mainship III was very comfortable.


The insert was required for some specific operations and access sucked. But it was easy, when the insert was stowed.


We never had to, but I'd guess a replacement mattress could be anything you like.


I suspect the easiest way to do bedding is the "bed roll" or "sleeping bag" approach, made up of linens appropriate to the season.


-Chris
__________________

__________________
South River, Chesapeake Bay
ranger42c is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012