“Where does Orbit sleep?” is one of the most common questions we get asked.
Beds on boats or berths are pretty much fixed once they are built, so Orbit’s choice of sleeping locations were limited (unless we wanted to get the boat ‘renovated’). At the moment there are three berths on Medina – the V-berth (at the front of the boat), the sea berth (port-midships or left side-middle of the boat) and one in the aft cabin. I say at the three berths at the moment because we are planning to replace the ‘chairs’ with a ‘couch’ which can be another sea berth when sailing.
The Skipper and I sleep in the aft cabin and as we decided not to co-sleep, there were two options left for Orbit – the V-berth or the sea berth. We decided to try the sea berth.
The logic behind this decision included being able see and hear him from our bed (which has its own pros and cons), the sea berth had a lee-cloth (a piece of material that stops someone from rolling out of bed) and allows the berth to be similar to a cot.
Other reasons included that the sea berth was out of the general living area, was a ‘dark area’ which we thought would help with sleeping, caught the breezes as they flowed through the boat (keeping it a cool area in summer), and we didn’t use the space for other things. Once Orbit could roll over, we popped in a temporary ‘head board’ which divides the area into two spaces, one for sleeping and one for Orbit’s things.
We also pop Orbit into his bed when neither of us can supervise him, e.g. when we are entering or leaving the marina or anchoring. It is a safe area. The lee-cloth acts like a flexible safety barrier and because of the material it is made of, he can see what is going on but can’t get out. The little trooper loves it when the Skipper starts the engine and we pop him into bed to look after “Pirate” and “Yamba”, it means we’re off on an adventure!