A Tour of Moonrise, Part 4

Our final tour of Moonrise includes the fore and aft parts of the cabin: the v berth and the quarter berths.

This photo shows the wooden grates I installed to level the floor and provide extra storage in the head.

In the photo, you are looking toward the front of the boat. This berth is as wide as a king size bed at the head and narrows down to about a twin size at the foot. As beds go, this one is really comfy. We replaced the foam with high density foam and then put a memory foam mattress topper on top. Once in the bed, we don’t want to get out because it is so very comfortable. (The memory foam topper is not shown in the photo. We also have the filler piece that creates one large mattress that goes all the way across.)

The master cabin has a cabinet for clothing storage, which is to the right in the photo. This cabinet holds a ton of clothes. That cabinet used to be a hanging locker, but it was a terrible waste of space. So I added shelves. I may not have commented about this before, but non-boaters need to understand there is nothing simple about adding shelves in a boat. The back of the cabinet follows the hull of the boat. The hull is curved. Think about it for a minute. I was happy when this project was complete!

This cabinet was a difficult but satisfying project. It’s much deeper than it looks. I can stick my entire arm in there.

Across the boat from this cabinet is a smaller cabinet and the storage space for the holding tank. The small cabinet holds Mike’s drill, and our liquor.

Another thing I like about the master cabin is the shelf that runs along each side of the berth. We use them like bedside tables at home. I can keep my water bottle, my book,  all those little things I might want in the night right there. All the comforts of home pretty much. Plus the gentle rocking of a boat at anchor. Each side of the berth has its own reading light.

In the aft part of the boat are the two quarter berths.  One of the projects I’ve done on the boat is to create storage for our sailing boots, hats, and gloves in the starboard side area. This has worked to make it easy to get to these things right before you go up on deck.

Quarter berth with storage.

This was another project that challenged my ‘carpentry’ skills. But it turned out well and you can see it in the photo above. I used a bull-nosed piece of oak.  I planned this area to make preparing to go up to the cockpit during foul weather easier. I also wanted a place to hang our jackets, sunglasses, etc, right by the hatch. With the seat right there, we have a place to sit down to put on said hats, gloves, and sailing boots, and the berth is still fine for sleeping.

On the port side of the boat is another quarter berth where we store all of our tools, the radio, and other electronic devices. We have hooks for hanging life jackets close to the hatch, and a shelf for phones, chargers, and other small electronics. Our son uses the port side berth when he is aboard. He is just about 6 feet tall and he has plenty of room.

The berth to port has places for the electronics, storage for tools and parts, and it is also a comfortable berth when needed.

If you have a Cal 34, we’d love to see photos of your boat.




3 thoughts on “A Tour of Moonrise, Part 4

  1. I have a 1969 Cal 30 TM and the similarities are amazing. I purchased the Cal 30 due to the two quarter berths which house the twin girls when we are away. I have never had to convert the table to a berth. Storage is lacking with the 4 feet missing as I don’t have the cloths storage in the v-berth. I’ve installed 110 shore power, removed the gimballed pressurized alcohol stove/oven and put in an Origo non-pressurized 2 burner stove and a microwave beneath it. I love my dining set up and the section of cushion that you removed is my favourite seat…..different strokes.

    I have a tiller with a tiller pilot (best purchase ever). I installed a buss heater running off of the diesel engine…..great for the Carol Ship Cruises. I added a portable ice maker which makes ice fast enough to keep my ice box supplied.

    Still lots to do. I want a larger boat by the time I retire. I really like the Fraser 42 with the center cockpit.

    Anyway, keep your mast pointed skyward and may the winds be with you.

    • Thanks for visiting the site Robert. The Cal 30 and Cal 34 are eerily similar in many respects including draft and performance. But as you mention that extra bit of storage is missed on longer cruises, and that is one of the main reasons we want to upgrade for our longer range cruising plans.

      I like the improvements you have made. The auto pilot would be our next big improvement on Moonrise if we were to keep her. I have heard that bus or semi truck heaters are really great and are somewhat cheaper for the lack of the word boat in their name. Our Dickenson Bristol stove was very warm but just doesn’t offer the fine control that a dedicated heater can deliver.

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