Originally Posted by Roy Smith
Might sound silly
but where do you sleep and what on
I have a bench seat aft and sleep athwartships on that. You can just see it underneath the dinghy in the pic earlier in this thread. The seat is only slightly lower than the tubes, which make a pillow at the head side.
The gaps between tube and seat were a problem at first - I stuffed my dry bags in to help, but now I have a rectangle of acrylic canvas and fasten it to the lifelines, making a sort of supported hammock. With the weight out of the bow (anchor and tent and dinghy) the angle of the seat means I'm held gently against the backrest and haven't fallen off yet.
Comfort? Well it's not a feather bed, but it's a damn site better than sleeping on the ground in a tent ashore. (With a string round your toe to wake you up if the boat goes adrift.)
My original intention had been to make two 'hammocks', one each side of the console, to be lashed to the tubes outboard and, somehow, to the console inboard. I thought I might then attract a beautiful lady crew to join me on my expeditions.
Design difficulties and problems finding a beautiful lady crew (they seem to prefer forty foot sailing boats) have delayed that project, so I'm stuck with the single bed. Perhaps no bad thing, considering the somewhat basic sanitary arrangements. On further thought - another piece of canvas might make it a double bed. Now there's a thing.