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I'm 6'6", and sleeping catty-corner in the (unshared) v-berth of my Bristol 29.9 works fer me. Probably not a good sea-berth, but so far I've stuck to daysailing so that hasn't been a problem. I think the port settee berth, which pulls out to double size, would also suit me, but I haven't tried it yet. On hot sticky Chesapeake nights I prefer sleeping in the cockpit.
I should admit that I live on a ten acre estate overlooking the Pacific but an considering the sailboat as a sort of apartment in town with alternative sleeping. But I am not as tall as you so I would be quite happy with your boat.

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Pearson 30

Can be singlehanded. Well built boats. Head room shouldn't be problem either standing or lying down. You could also look at a 323 or a 10M Pearson. 3 feet or so longer than a 30, but more roomy.

A Catalina 27 would also be decent boat or an ODay 28, 29, 0r 30.

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Be sure I am looking into every suggestion.

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Best boat under 30 ft , for me thats easy The Islander Bahama. 24ft of fun and fast safe sailing . Cheap ,solid , bullet proof fiberglass ,stable full keel that just loved any condition . Light air great , strong wind great , I had more fun on that boat than any other I think Ive owned since or prior . There is no standing headroom but there is a nice long setee I used to sleep on . Even had a head under the V birth . I think the fun factor was caused by the price tag , it was $3k if I recall correctly. So things that broke as they do or ending up grounded was no big deal just wait for a the tide or a stink-potters wake to get back to sailing again . Ah the carefree days of that boat , not worrying about things that could go wrong ,as I have done with other boats with considerably more cash invested in them . Then doubley so when we we're livaboards. The Islander Bahama I bet you can still get one for 3k today beat the tar out of it , have a blast on it ,put it away wet and still sell it for 3k I loved that boat . But thats me and my two cents . I hope you find the right one for your needs .
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I've been learning and single handing a 1979 Watkins 27 all summer. This is a great boat, solid for learning how to crash, er, dock in all kinds of conditions and plenty of room.. headroom is listed as 6' 2" in the specs.
So far she has always gotten me home safe, regardless of what 'pops up' out there.
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Our favourite 28' boat, of those we looked into and those we saw (very few we actually saw, tho) was the Sabre 28. I'm 6'4". I couldn't stand up, but I didn't feel overly cramped, either. I could stretch out on both the port settee and in the v-berth.

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How about a Stone Horse? Not the fastest boat in the harbor, but always the most striking. No headroom at all (4 ft), but the v-berth is huge and the cockpit is about 8 ft. Probably completely impractical for you, but this is a sentimental favorite of mine.

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Columbia 8.7 has 6'2" head room....

I have sailed this boat for 6 years and have loved it very much. Lots of room. Easily handled and comfortable. It will be going on the market soon as I am looking to move up to a larger, possibly liveaboard, boat. You can see her at www.geocities.com/sailr4

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The Bristol may be hard to find in your area, but I highly recommend it. I have an older B29 version and it is a pleasure in every respect. Its for sale, but I doubt it would be worth the shipping costs to CA!
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In Coos Bay, you will be sailing in an area with two different requirements. In the Bay, you would be well off with a lighter displacement hull, sensitive to lighter winds; the Canadian made Tanzer 26 or larger would be a good example of this.

Out in the briny blue in your area can be more of a challenge and if it were me, I'd be looking more for a boat that was "sea kindly" and heavier. Not only is weight a factor but hull design, keel and rudder configuration and working sails that accompany the boat would be an issue for me out on the Oregon coastal waters.

I own a Catalina 27 and out in the salt chuck with choppy wave action, she will pound more than some boats. I don't think I'd opt for a Catalina 27 in your area. At this point you're expecting a recommendation from me, but I will defer to others more knowledgeable to sea kindly boats that can reasonable sail into the wind and aren't total pigs in light air.

What you need to decide is what boat will take priority, the Bay boat or the ocean boat. If it were me, I'd vote in favour of the ocean boat as then you can sail up into our BC waters and enjoy what the coastal interior has to offer; with the Bay boat I'd be more inclined to stick to home - and what fun is that?
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