Hi Storm! Just stumbled upon your blog and was reading it. I am looking at a '72 N-17 that I hope to restore. I have an observation from the boat that I am looking at. Your comment about your cushions getting wet all the time got me thinking. The fiberglass liner that makes up the v-berth does not have any cutouts for storage underneath. Because of the unvented space underneath and the fact that water is typically cooler that ambient air, I think what you are getting is condensation built up under the cushions. To correct this I would add a louver panel to the front of the v-berth liner and maybe add an access under the cushions for additional storage. Hope this helps.
I am amazed at the difference between the N-16 and N-17. Pretty much only related by name as far as I can see.I am pretty sure I am getting condensation as well, but the space under the vberth is supposed to be a sealed chamber for flotation. I have been thinking of checking how sealed it really is, but none of my schemes seem easy enough to be worth doing. Filling the boat with water while in 6 feet of it would certainly prove the point one way or another.
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