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Old 12-19-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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V berth

Hey folks does anyone have an idea on how to make the v-berth more comfortable?
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:05 PM   #3
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That might work...until she talked
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:35 PM   #4
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:08 PM   #5
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Move it to the back of the boat?

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Old 12-19-2013, 04:26 PM   #6
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I've got little experience with V berths but find getting in and out awkward. My suggestion won't help this problem, but might make the cushion/mattress more tolerable.

We added a memory foam mattress topper (2 1/2 to 3 inch thick) which was a great improvement in firmness and temperature comfort. The some of the best $150 we spent on the boat.
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My previous boat (Bluewater Blackwatch) had a V-berth. The backrests were made of cushion material mounted on various-sized boards and were held against the hull interior using wooden forms. The backrests could be removed to fill the open distance between the berths, resulting in one bed as wide as the boat.
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:34 PM   #8
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Personally, my wife and I have always found v-berths to be quite comfortable. Some idea of why you think yours is not might help with getting more useful answers.

On the other hand, I like Rufus T's answer.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:21 PM   #9
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Sleep with your feet pointed towards the bow.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:44 PM   #10
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Sleep with your feet pointed towards the bow.
Why? On many boats that puts your head downhill which isn't healthy...
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We had a nice mattress custom made. I went into their store and got onto the nicest mattress in the place. We made a template and they made it for us. It is a local company in marysville, wa. Here is their website (http://www.bedandmattresseverett.com/). It was not cheap but best money I spent on my wife's boat happiness!

They are bulky to ship so you might look local...
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Why? On many boats that puts your head downhill which isn't healthy...
My amidship stateroom sleeps feet forward/head aft. Most island queens in aft staterooms also sleep head aft. I never noticed any issue with my head being lower than my feet. Maybe this is fodder for a new 300 post thread!
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My amidship stateroom sleeps feet forward/head aft. Most island queens in aft staterooms also sleep head aft. I never noticed any issue with my head being lower than my feet. Maybe this is fodder for a new 300 post thread!
While that is the way vee berths are designed to be slept in...way too many boats are so poorly designed that the vee berths slope aft which makes sleeping that way not comfortable in my book nor in my doctors opinion...

my point is that just because that's the way the brochure suggests sleeping...it's not the "mandated" way as pointed out....two boat I've lived aboard previously I have slept head forward in the vee berth.
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I agree with Denver what do you find wrong? Mattress, noise, ventilation, etc.
When we owned our Camano the vee berth was comfortable but in certain conditions the waves slapped the hull and could be quite noisy, but one of those things you get used to.
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I agree with Denver what do you find wrong? Mattress, noise, ventilation, etc. When we owned our Camano the vee berth was comfortable but in certain conditions the waves slapped the hull and could be quite noisy, but one of those things you get used to.
Yeah I know what you mean, after awhile though it goes away (mentally that is) and also find it kind of soothing.
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I suppose it's a size thing being 6'2 220 i need space........so thinkin' of filling the whole thing with plywood and getting a custom mattress to fit the whole area
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Interesting that some vee-berths are sloped? Of my last 3 sailboats, only one had an aft cabin. The other two had perfectly flat and level vee-berths. Not bad to sleep in, other than the climbing in and out part. Adding the Froli Sleep System on our last boat drastically improved sleeping comfort.

I would think the powerboat builder would have made/designed the berths to be flat while the boat was at rest. You're not sleeping up there while underway are you? :-)
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:04 AM   #18
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If you can locate plans for a Concordia Berth , these are probably the best.

As a backrest the flexible ash slats are great , as a bunk the swing arms can be cast to make the bunk as wide as required , and the mounting can be as long as the space permits.

The inner pipe when used as a bunk is away from the hull, so a deck leak or open port wont flood the bunk.

With a anything as a spacer under the bunk rest it becomes deeper and deeper , which may be a great help in a rolly anchorage , or underway with a beam sea.

A huge advantage is all the bedding is captured inside the bunk when its folded into the backrest position.

The bunk arms are usually cast aluminum or cast bronze.3 per side.
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I suppose it's a size thing being 6'2 220 i need space........so thinkin' of filling the whole thing with plywood and getting a custom mattress to fit the whole area
YES! then you will definitely need the accessory shown in post#2
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I suppose it's a size thing being 6'2 220 i need space........so thinkin' of filling the whole thing with plywood and getting a custom mattress to fit the whole area

Do you not have a removable insert that converts the two sides to one big platform?

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