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.

Boat Renovations

Since purchasing the boat, I’ve been focusing on internal renovations and minor updates.

The first big change was getting the v-berth updated. I took out a couple of small shelves, refinished the drawers, and made a key board and mounting rails. The biggest job was making the cushions.

The next big project was ripping out the cabinets on the starboard side of the main cabin and creating a pilot berth.

The big feature was creating a rail for the berth out of mahogany. Love the way it turned out. Cushion made, and hull insulated. It really opened up a lot of space.

I Replaced the throttle control and working with my diesel tech to replace the engine mounts and install a new sea water pump.

On the port side, I pulled out the shelves that were there, added some hull insulation, and will create a new set of shelves. Still a work in progress. I want to take my time and see what storage I really need before building anything. For now, I’ll just enjoy the open space.

Gallery of Ten Year Plan Photos

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

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!