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Re: Cal 28 Vs. Catalina 27 livaboard

I think at 6'2" you'll find that neither of these boats truly have standing headroom, but the Catalina probably has a tad more. That said, the flush-deck Cal will probably feel "bigger" than the coach-top Catalina (I think the Cal also has just a little more beam). New standing rigging is worth at least a grand or two, but installing a new stove can be done for as little as three hundred bucks or so (double burner non-pressurized alcohol stove); another point in the Cal's favor. Finally, the Cal is a Lapworth design, so it probably has longer bunks (Bill Lapworth was supposedly a pretty tall guy, so he designed boats with bunks big enough for him). Personally, I would trade a little headroom for a little more bunk space.

OK, I have a Cal 2-27. So take the above with a grain of salt. Best thing is to look carefully at both boats. Walk around below deck, stretch out on the bunks, et cetera. Maybe consider something a bit bigger if headroom is really important (true standing headroom for someone 6'2" is gonna be hard to find in a boat less than 30 feet). Remember, a boat (and life in general) is always a series of compromises.

Edit: D'oh! Faster beat me to it, again.

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