Comfort Without the Bulk

Froli System Brochure

When I was looking to redo the V-Berth on my boat, I researched mattress options, and ran across several ‘under-mattress’ systems and ended up going with the Froli Modular SleepSystems.

The big challenge is ventilation under the mattress.

The Pro’s:

  • Affordable and well made
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Easy to assemble and use
  • Comfortable and adjustable
  • Great ventilation.

The  Con’s

  • As others have noted, it can be a wrestling match with the Froli to get to the lockers under the cushions in the V-Berth. What has worked for me so far is keeping the overall pieces small enough to handle, instead of creating one large connected piece, I have three smaller pieces: One on port, one for the bench starboard locker cushion, and one for the center key piece.
Froli System in V-Berth

It’s not like sleeping on a king sized Casper mattress, but it’s comfortable. I was able to keep the V-Berth cushions to 3″ and still have a relaxing berth and a good night sleep.

Gallery of Ten Year Plan Photos

Here’s a running gallery of my Westsail 32, Ten Year Plan photos.

Annapolis Boat Show Day 1

I’m using my vacation time this year to check out the Annapolis Boat Show. I drove up yesterday,
10/8/15, and hit the show early this morning.

To be honest, I was almost as excited for the long drive as I was for
the boat show. I love long road trips, and this was a great opportunity
to chill and listen to podcasts. It was a nice drive with little drama.
The only challenge was I-95 closure in South Carolina. But
Waze  routed me around it without any issue.

I headed in early this morning to familiarize myself with the show
layout. My plan today was to hit many of the free seminars. Tomorrow I
am in the Take the Wheel seminar all day, and Sunday I plan to hit all
the tents/vendors I didn’t see today.

I figured I would end up taking hundreds of pictures, but today I was
overwhelmed. I did take a few, so enjoy the gallery below.

Enjoy!

Annapolis 2015 Boat Show day 1

Living the Life: Curtis Westsail

I ran across the Curtis Westsail channel on youtube a few months ago, and quickly felt I’d found a kindred spirit. Writing at Live Aboard Boats, and posting videos on his youtube channel, Captain Curt has been sharing his adventure as he struggles to free himself from the normal cycle of life, mortgages, work stress, debt….

While we’re not the same age, and don’t necessarily share the same philosophies regarding society, I can see a lot of parallels with Captain Curtis adventures, and my 10 Year Plan. As a matter of fact, when I first started dreaming about sailing and sailboats, the Westsail 32 was the first boat added to my research list.

I haven’t watched all 69 (as of today) episodes of his vlog, but I’ve watched a bunch, and I enjoy the ones where he’s cooking dinner, or shopping for a new tender as much as the ones where he’s working on the boat.

Captain Curt has a great attitude and puts together a great and entertaining video, so subscribe to his channel and enjoy!

“Beyond the West Horizon” by Eric and Susan Hiscock

I ran across the film by Eric and Susan Hiscock narrating their three plus year circumnavigation in the early ’50’s.

The film has great historic images and events. Around the 20 minute mark, they visit the Panama Canal, and it’s a fascinating look at cargo and trade transport now more than half a century ago.

Another reason I found the whole thing fascinating is their 30 foot yacht, Wanderer III.

Enjoy!