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1 crew wedged into salon sofa by sail bags under table. Never needed Lee cloths on our similar 400e. Good spot for skipper to be able to hear what’s happening on deck too.  Another crew uses aft cabin. Again, use sails to make this a useful ‘slot’ rather than a large berth. If you have a 2nd aft cabin you can do the same again. Forward cabin is used to move any remaining bulky gear into. It’s not viable underway and as a sleeping berth except in the flattest seas. 3 ‘solo watch capable’ crew will enable you to keep rolling along effectively. Add a 4th if you want a ‘mother watch’ and an easier time of it. Depending on how well you know each other cabins can be shared or hot bunked.

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Thanks a mil. I think that is the solution I was looking for. I don't want to start affixing lee cloths until I know the boat better. I love the idea of skipper being close  on hand in the saloon to hear what is going on up top. Good idea to forget about the forward cabin when at sea. I do remember my first offshore waking up in a forward cabin in a big sea and levitating in the dark trying to find my clothes and dress to come on shift, a complete recipe for sea sickness.  
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Have a look at the thread below; the 400 is a very similar design.  We keep our lee-cloth rigged under the stb sofa cushion and its very easy to quickly rig-derig it; that location is by far the best in any sort of seaway.


As for crew, I'd argue that experience and confidence are more important factors than just numbers.  Like as I suspect many in these columns, we've done a multitude of similar trips just as a couple and we adjust our watch periods to ensure that we're both up and about at critical points in the passage plan.  That said, we're not racing, we know our boat and we're well set up for single/shorthanded sailing.  As you probably might not feel as familiar with the boat as you'd like before departure from the Netherlands, as long as you can maintain one person who knows what he/she/it is doing in the cockpit at all times you'll be perfectly fine provided you think-through your passage plan.  We've found that generally, 3 hour watches at night work well for us to avoid fatigue but others may have had different experiences.

It should be a great trip - good luck!

Iain
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