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Old 04-02-2018, 08:24 AM   #1
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To any that have a Watch Berth in the pilot house, do you ever use it? How about bench seating?
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:12 AM   #2
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Yes, I have an elevated watch berth /bench seat. I have used it. On rare occurrences when I have guests, it becomes the peanut gallery.

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Old 04-02-2018, 09:43 AM   #3
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Greeting,
Mr. S. Yes, we do have a watch berth and we do use it when cruising. We have as yet to use it, as probably intended, as a place to lie down/rest/sleep on long passages. Mostly "peanut gallery" as Mr. OC so aptly describes it.
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:37 PM   #4
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Don't make it too comfortable. Otherwise some people traveling at night on autopilot tend to fall asleep.
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:43 PM   #5
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We have one and we use it. We also have a bench seat. On day time long passages, we alternate taking naps. It keeps you there, but out of the way.
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:54 PM   #6
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Never had one before. New boat has a bench seat and table aft of the helm which I was also envisioning as a peanut galley when guests are aboard. I do a lot of solo running, so never gave it too much thought. I have memories of being "roused for watch" in the middle of the night, which was another reason I wanted to eventually end up shoreside.
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:59 PM   #7
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Seems to be a good place to put newbies to learn, yet out of controls way and not falling around with roll.
That is, not always sleeping, but crossed legged/seated and observing.
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The large L shaped sette in our salon is a great watch berth. Naps and longer are common for off watch crew especially with big screen TV in charting mode so dozers can see all is well without raising head.

I have found watch berth in the larger and higher Nordavns to have too much movement in big waves for my liking so I end up snoozing in the salon on those too.
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I have found watch berth in the larger and higher Nordavns to have too much movement in big waves for my liking so I end up snoozing in the salon on those too.
I often wondered about the bridges on the larger N's and what the ride was like up there when it was rougher. Never spent anytime on them, just at the dock.
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On rare occurrences when I have guests, it becomes the peanut gallery.

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That's a good one. I can imagine some of my guests back there making comments on my nautical skills (Or lack thereof).
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:00 PM   #11
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We don't have a watch berth per se, but we do have two long seating areas aft of the helm seat. On one return trip from Portland my wife was at the helm and I plopped my tired ol' butt on the aft seat and napped for about two hours. Close enough that if she needed me all she had to do was call out.


She falls asleep in a minute when we're on the boat so if we're just out for a day trip she will lie down a fall asleep for a short nap.
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Old 04-02-2018, 06:16 PM   #12
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Here are the watch berths in action on my old Hatteras as I made my way down Chesapeake Bay on my maiden voyage with two ocean crosser captains:



As for the helm I really like having a two person helm seat, or on the flying bridge, three seat in a row I don't think I could do a boat with only one and the rest of the crew to the rear.
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Old 04-02-2018, 08:55 PM   #13
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We have a settee that 3-4 people can sit at behind the helm seat. My wife almost always sits there when underway. She can see the helm electronics and out the pilothouse windows. When I was sick a few years ago, I slept on the bench while she drove.
During night passages, it can be a place to nap while the other drives but we have not used it that way too much.
Behind the settee is a berth/watch cabin - queen size bed and head. This is our guest room where many visitors have stayed.
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We have one and on long trips use it as intended, I like to be "available" when Michelle is at the helm, even though she is competent.
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We have a settee that 3-4 people can sit at behind the helm seat. My wife almost always sits there when underway. She can see the helm electronics and out the pilothouse windows. When I was sick a few years ago, I slept on the bench while she drove.
During night passages, it can be a place to nap while the other drives but we have not used it that way too much.
Behind the settee is a berth/watch cabin - queen size bed and head. This is our guest room where many visitors have stayed.
The GH has one of the best layouts for a bench and watch berth that I've seen. Even the smaller GH36 has a great one. I'm very jealous.
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We have a settee that 3-4 people can sit at behind the helm seat. My wife almost always sits there when underway. She can see the helm electronics and out the pilothouse windows. When I was sick a few years ago, I slept on the bench while she drove.
During night passages, it can be a place to nap while the other drives but we have not used it that way too much.
Behind the settee is a berth/watch cabin - queen size bed and head. This is our guest room where many visitors have stayed.
Similar to us
Replace queen with king and its our main cabin.
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:51 PM   #17
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We have an “off watch” berth in a cabin in the pilot house. It gets used whenever we do overnight runs and also for the occasional anchor watch. It’s also been used by guests who have a few too many dark n stormys.
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Old 04-02-2018, 11:01 PM   #18
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Yep, we have a pilot berth. It's typically Molly's spot. Engine starts, she's on the pilot berth. When we head off the boat and she has watch by herself, she keeps an eye out from the pilot berth. She'll share it with mom, but not me. It's a great spot for a nap underway, guests who find the guest stateroom bunks a little claustrophobic can opt for the pilot berth. The view in the morning is pretty awesome!
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:20 AM   #19
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We have a full width raised bench in the PH , but it has no lee cloths so would be dangerous as underway berth.

A 4 ft drop would be a rude awakening!
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:22 AM   #20
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Watch berth

After watching several Sea Venture utube videos, my search for a boat will definitely include a large pilot house with seating and berth. My whole boating life, except USN, was SE coast and Caribbean. Can you say warm? The cold and wet NW where I’d like to visit will necessitate it. In my experience, guests usually want to be on the fly bridge or pilot house.
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