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Sleeping Aboard – Beds & Berths

)ur berth on Golden Glow – delightfully comfortable! That’s a patch of brilliant sunshine from the open hatch above casting the white square on the duvet.

We also added a mattress topper for greater comfort and so Rand’s super-long legs don’t hit the wood rail at the bottom of the primary mattress –

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Our Master Cabin

one of our guest cabins

 

This is the master stateroom on the Antares 44i, a very beautiful boat with the nicest finishing and woodwork of any boat we’ve seen. You can’t see that there’s a convenient shelf on right side of the bed where we keep books, glasses, water glass, etc.
Master Cabin on another Antares 44i

At the Miami boat show, we asked Rob and Jeff, who own Antares, if they believed the master cabin could be modified by Ted Clements, Antares’ gifted designer, so that the bed could go across the entire width of the cabin. We thought you’d lose some access to storage, but getting in and out of bed would become easier for the person sleeping on the right side. Now that we have the cabin set up in the regular way, as shown above, we are very glad we stayed with the tried and true design. It’s perfect.
Here’s a great invention:

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Ventilation Pad under Mattress

No matter what boat you buy, it’s important to prevent mildew or mold under the mattress, and these ventilation pads that fit under your mattress do just that. These were on an Antares we visited. Brilliant idea!

One catamaran we used to think had the ideal sleeping arrangements was the Privilege with the large cabin up front that devoted the entire front width of the boat to the owner’s cabin. In the 445 (now the Series 4.5) and 495 (Series 4.9), you cannot walk around the bottom of the master bed, but you can access it, and the full owner’s cabin, from either port or starboard gangways.  In the 445 and 495, there is also very low headroom once you climb up to the bed, which is over the bridgedeck.
Here are photos from the Series 5:

Master Owner’s Cabin on Privilege 515/Series 5
Junior Stateroom on Privilege 515
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Isara 50

Hull #2 of the Isara 50 had beds that were surprisingly low. Low berths is probably what the owner wanted who commissioned this Isara. = >

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Gunboat

< = The Gunboat 60 (even further outside our price range, but also at Miami’s Strictly Sail) had sumptuous fittings and appointments, including the beds, which were the opposite of the Isara’s being very high. The good thing about a high bed is that it has lots of storage underneath. The Gunboat’s side-facing king sized bed had a very comfortable mattress on a platform that was high off the floor, providing space for tons of storage below, and lots of space on either side for easy access too.

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Outremer

The Outremer 5X (also out of our price range) had one of the nicest beds we’ve lain on, and great views.

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 Outremer’s Super-Comfortable Mattress

Outremer’s cabins had very good ventilation from the above-bed hatch and a portfole behind the bed that opened.  And Outremer had probably the most comfortable bed – what a mattress!    The Outremer’s side windows were the right height for a wonderful view of the water from the bed.
Here’s a great invention:
No matter what boat you buy, it’s important to prevent mildew or mold under the mattress, and these ventilation pads that fit under your mattress do just that. These were on an Antares we visited. Brilliant idea!

The two aft cabins on the Privilege 515/5 can be configured as twins, that can be made into a king, or in a sideways queen-sized bed, which would leave more room free in the cabin in front of the beds. The ideal configuration might be one of each of these cabins, with the owner’s suite

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Ventilation Pad under Mattress

 

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