The Dry Tortugas are a few small islands that lie about 70 miles due west of Key West, the westernmost of the Florida Keys. They are in middle of a National Park and contain an historic fort and some beautiful coral reefs. The park is accessible only by boat or sea plane. Reports of its beauty and history made it an appealing cruising destination that had kept eluding us. When we were offered a berth on Marianna to make the trip, we jumped at the chance to go and finally see it for ourselves.
Just before leaving for the Dry Tortugas, we had a call from our friend Sue from Hampton, whom we had invited to visit us this winter. She was interested in coming for a visit, and we invited her to come and help us take the boat back to Labelle. She agreed to join us and arrived a couple of days after we returned from the Dry Tortugas. We had never had a guest on the little boat, so we had to work out a few solutions for privacy and sleeping quarters. Cathy had made a curtain back in 2011 to separate the V-berth from the head, giving a small amount of privacy to a person using the head when we are sleeping forward. We had never used it, but we pulled it out and it went into place fine.
Dave worked on a solution for a more comfortable berth, taking a piece of plywood and cutting it to fit the gap between the two settees in the Main Saloon. After a few coats of polyurethane, it was ready to become part of an expanded berth, using the settee cushions and back rests to make a pseudo-bed. More room to spread out, with somewhat lumpy support. Not perfect, but better.