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 Big beds on small boats

"The standard land-based bed is approximately 76 inches or longer, and if you measure the king- or queen-size mattress that most of us sleep on these days, you will find it to be 80 inches or longer. But when it comes to berths in the average older sailboat, 74 inches is more often the norm. Cheryl and I came to this conclusion: if you can't buy one, make one. On our last boat, a lovely 1980 Hunter 27, all the berths were inadequate, so we decided to make what we call "the Big Bed Mod." This entailed converting the saloon area, with its two opposing settees, into one large bed. This cabin arrangement is fairly common in boats of this size and smaller. It lends itself nicely to a modification of this type."

 (Submitted by Noel Wed Aug 4, 2004 )
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