as you noted Bernard the M15 & S17 storage is under the aft end of the v-berth port and starboard of the potti and under the forward end of the cockpit.Sea Sprite wrote:I don't see a scenario where seating for two, modeled on the S17 interior configuration
aft facing means you have move out all the stuff under the v-berth to make 'butt room' and all the stuff under the forward end of the cockpit to make foot room.
center facing seats, like the S17, means the v-berth and under cockpit storage isn't 'needed' so no need to shuffle all your stores.
to add to Sal's question is the issue of how many people sitting below for how long? will most folks cruise with one? meaning will 'two below seated' be needed for shorter periods when day sailing when the weather is poor (ex, raining)? or is two people cruising the primary use ... and the seating will be used often?
for me, cruising single (in this discussion Momma Kitty doesn't factor in), the seating on the S17 is much more comfortable and usable as i can sit in one seat and prop my feet up on the other bench. MUCH more comfortable than in my M17 (as she is a galley model so only one 1/4-berth) ... the S17 seat is also contoured (more comfortable) where the M17's 'seat' is a flat berth (butt cramp inducing).