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  • Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

    Ok, we've had this boat since '09 and have never spent the night on it. It's a 20 footer and the cuddy cabin can fit both of us sitting up or laying down pretty nice. I'm 6'1" and have no problem laying down in it, but have very little-to-no extra space at either end (feet or head). Wife and I can lay fully down, one on one side and the other on the other side of the cabin. If we'd have to use the head in the middle of the night, we'd have to both get out of the cuddy, take out a couple of cushions, put the porta potty inside the cabin and go. It wouldn't be the easiest thing to do, but could be done. Don't know if there are any public restrooms that are open all night there. We have a hatch on the roof of the cuddy for some air if we needed it. We would also hear some traffic as the Jacksonville Landing is right by a bridge going into downtown and there are a few restaurants and a couple of nightclubs at the Landing as well. We have a portable DVD Player, so we could even watch a movie in the cabin! But, like I said, we have never spent the night on this boat and was wondering if anyone (single or couple) have spent the night in a cuddy cabin and been ok with it.
    What do you think?


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    Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

    Staying overnight is alot of fun and very comfortable in our boat, we have a full head but never use it as when your camping its the bush for #2 (outhouse hopefully) and the swim platform for #1 after lights out.

    Make sure you have good bug netting if your right on shore.
    home is where we drop anchor

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    • #3
      Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

      We've done it a few times. If your berth cushions aren't any thicker than ours my advice is to drink heavily, and bring some aspirin for that morning backache.

      It can be done, and it isn't THAT bad, but nothing like sleeping in a bed. Our porta potti is mounted under the v-berth, so I took it out and set it in the cockpit of the boat so we could use it without disturbing each other. The gunwhales are pretty high, so that gave enough room to put the cockpit cover on for some privacy. Again, we can do it now and then just for fun but I wouldn't want to do it every weekend.

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      • #4
        Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

        We have the 22' Cuddy in signature. When we pack for the overnight, there are far too many things to keep the boat ship shape overnight; what's in the cuddy for storage (bag of clothes, dry box, floaties) comes out for us to sleep. Ours does not allow either of us to sit up, you're lucky.

        In ours, we really can't sleep head to bow due to the close quarters, so our feet go up there. Thus, our heads are then below our feet and not very comfortable. Wife purchased firm slanted pillows that gradually slope up to level this out, then add a pillow for head.

        Port-a-potty is for emergency use only; #2. Ours is afixed within the cuddy under similar cushions you describe. If bathrooms are not an option, use a plastic coffee can if the stern is too visible to perform the #1. If not understood already, perform all #2 during available bathroom times.

        Ah yes, the bugs... not fun. have screens around the cabin. Found a $.97 ring/shield that says last for like 200 hours to shield you from the bugs. Can't believe it's true, but purchased a few and have yet to try them out.

        Nothing more romantic than going on a sunset cruise. Make sure you have those navigation lights working ;-)

        Snacks, wine, champagne. It takes a little of preparation to have a fun time. Either try to pack everything or just enjoy having it near enough you can boat/walk to.

        Let us know how it goes!
        Robb and Dottie
        1990 Carver Montego
        Twin 7.4 inboards

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        • #5
          Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

          Originally posted by emilsr View Post
          We've done it a few times. If your berth cushions aren't any thicker than ours my advice is to drink heavily, and bring some aspirin for that morning backache.

          It can be done, and it isn't THAT bad, but nothing like sleeping in a bed. Our porta potti is mounted under the v-berth, so I took it out and set it in the cockpit of the boat so we could use it without disturbing each other. The gunwhales are pretty high, so that gave enough room to put the cockpit cover on for some privacy. Again, we can do it now and then just for fun but I wouldn't want to do it every weekend.
          +1 alcohol and Aleve helps the body soreness. We camp out in the boat at least 2 times per month.
          Robb and Dottie
          1990 Carver Montego
          Twin 7.4 inboards

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          • #6
            Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

            I stay in my 23' Cuddy a few times a summer and love it! Although I have shore power and and air conditioner so there isnt much for "roughing it". The sound of the water lapping the hull is uber peacefull and if you got yourself a girl for the night making waves takes on a whole new meaning, lol. Enjoy!

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            • #7
              Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

              When I was young I cruised up the Hudson River to Canada and slept on board a 15 footer with full canvas every night. So, now, my 21 foot cuddy is a luxury. At 65, I have no qualms about camping out on the boat overnight, but I wouldn't do it for a week or more. And yes, Christening the boat with a warm woman---been there, done that, bought the tee shirt, wore it, washed it, and threw it away. If the boats a-rockin', don't come a-knockin'

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              • #8
                Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

                I spent a night out in my first boat, a 21' walk-around cuddy. (Almost) immediately went shopping for the 24' express cruiser I ran for the next 2 years. We have the bug- hence the 27' in my sig... purchased last fall and not used yet.

                If you haven't tried it yet, you should. The worst that can ahppen is that you have one bad night. Or, you could end up enjoying the hell out of it.

                My .02
                John and Linda
                Long Island, NY
                Escapade III
                1992 Carver 26 Command Bridge
                Twin Merc Alpha 4.3 'Gen +'

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                • #9
                  Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

                  consider battery powered fans. You need to have the air moving, and to exhaust the moist air from breathing.
                  A man of constant boat tinkering.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

                    Originally posted by JoLin View Post
                    If you haven't tried it yet, you should. The worst that can ahppen is that you have one bad night. Or, you could end up ...
                    buying a bigger boat if you enjoy yourself too much. At 6'1" on a 20 footer, you may find that lying down and sleeping are two different things. So long as the admiral is a good sport ... go for it.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

                      Originally posted by Home Cookin' View Post
                      consider battery powered fans. You need to have the air moving, and to exhaust the moist air from breathing.
                      Yes, move the air!
                      Robb and Dottie
                      1990 Carver Montego
                      Twin 7.4 inboards

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                      • #12
                        Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

                        Have a great time. You're going to love it!!!
                        Safe and happy boating always!!!,

                        Veritas Honus
                        1992 Chaparral 2050 SLC: 205HP 4.3L Yamaha I/O
                        ShoreLand'r tandem axle trailer
                        T/V: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500Sport 5.9L 4X4 Off Road Package Dana 410 rear

                        Fear is only a state of mind. Gravity is a fact of life...
                        No fall, however high, ever hurt anyone... It's that sudden stop at the end...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

                          We sleep aboard our 25 foot cuddy often. We use the pump-out porta-potti all season (day trips too) as well; why suffer?

                          I fabricated two 3" exhaust fans that vent air into the cockpit and have blast gates that can be closed to seal out any water, if necessary. They don't move much air, but they draw almost no current and make virtually no noise. They do a great job of keeping the cabin air from becoming stagnant and laden with moisture.

                          I bought a 2" memory foam mattress pad and cut it to fit the V-berth. Makes a huge difference in comfort.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

                            had a 21 foot bayliner cuddy with same set up for head. its manageable, easer for guy's to use the swim platform. spent many nights out with the girlfreind. loved it !!!!! we had a full camper top with screens so you could move around and not worry about bugs. defiantly need a fan to move air and a velcro in screen for the hatch.2 batteries separate on board, so you know it will start the next day, and enjoy!!!!!! we liked it so much that we upgraded to a 24 aft cabin this year, and already thinking about bigger for next year. happy boating
                            83 bayliner restoration http://forums.iboats.com/boat-restor...ld-609573.html

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                              Re: Overnight In A Cuddy Cabin?

                              A friend, his wife and I did a 4 dayer on his 20 footer and I thought he had a good work around the porta potti issue. His was a 5 gallon bucket with a toilet seat on it. At night, he placed it outside the cuddy so if needed, you could just go out and use it. He also Rube Goldberged a shower curtain so if it was raining, you could do your business on the dry. During the day, two of us would go in the cuddy for a few moments while the pooper did their thing outside where it was easier. I always slept on deck as it was way to cozy for 3 inside. I've always worked outdoors in jobs where you couldn't just opt out due to weather so no problem for me. We did have pretty crummy weather but a great trip none the less. Just do it...you'll find out what you need to do to make the next time even better!

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