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Old 10-16-2009
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Isn't this is why they invented "Tall Ships"?
fyi, 6'3" on a cal29 - certainly going to cross an ocean or two in it.
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I singlehand my Beneteau 42cc, and I'm a woman. You do have to plan ahead, and have the boat set up for singlehanding. A reliable autopilot is #1, handheld radio or remote mic at the helm is #2.
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The interior is a personal choice as to amenities and the size of them - shower, head. etc. But as far as sailing is concerned size shouldn't be an issue. With today's equipment any boat can be set up for singlehanding. Lines led aft with good clutches, good winches, and lazyjacks all make this fairly easy. In some ways the larger boat is easier to sail alone as the platform is more stable and the way forward along the sidedecks is clearer. You do have to think ahead a bit more and furling a main on a larger boat is a bit more work but that should really be the only real differences on a larger boat. Anchoring is done with a windlass on most cruisers above 30' or thereabouts so that isn't much different.
Steve and Linda Dashew sailed a 77' boat called Beowolf around the world by themselves and that included spinnaker setting and dousing - yes they are very seasoned and spinnaker setting on a 77' boat requires a LOT of thinking ahead but it can be done. Their production run of 56'to 64' Sundeers were almost all crewed by couples and several circumnavigated. Their custom boats up to 78' were also mostly sailed by couples. When a couple sail offshore you are really singlehanding on 2 different shifts. Chuck Paine's Apogee 50' design has been sailed solo by some as well. I think many could sail a boat upto 45' or so with the right rigging quite easily. Of course the maintenance budget and other costs are a lot higher and I think that is one reason why cruisers tend toward smaller boats - as I have moving from a 35' boat a few years ago to a 27' currently. But if that lottery draws my number it would be somewhere between 40' and 50'.
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I'm also 6'2 and we have a 38" Kady Krogen Cutter. It has about 6'4" of headroom plus a queen size master berth that I sleep very comfortabaly on.
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6'2" is not tall....

I'm 6'2" and that is not at all unusual for most North American Sailors.

I know several similar height sailors that have crossed the Atlantic in boats smaller than 30'.

I've had a 26 that was very comfortable.

It is all in what you want and can afford. Most boats interior centerline heights are comfortable to us short 6' 2ers...
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just to pipe in i'm 6'8 and live on a tanzer 8.5 i can stand underneath the companionway hatch with no prob. but any where else on the boat i have to stoop over not to bad though biggest problem i have is hitting my head on the handrail in the cabin
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I'd point out that a proper berth that you can stretch out in comfort on is far more important than standing headroom, since most of the time you're down below in a boat, you'll be sitting down, but if you don't have a berth that you can sleep comfortably in, you're screwed.
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my formosa can be single handed and is designed by wm garden who was 6'4---the interior has that much headroom...and the master berth is same ---so are the pilot berths...long enough for a 6'4 to sleep in comfort....just is a bit on the older boat side--which i like ...... wide decks to walk and a quadrant mounted simrad auto pilot...was single handed from san francisco to san diego....by a boat virgin.......
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I'm 6'3" and I started to feel the same way about trying to voyage in a small boat. However, boats do exist with headroom, if we look carefully enough. I recently shocked the wife by showing her an Out Island 33'. Compared to the Catalina 30, Sabre 28, Pearson 30 she's seen and been on, it was HUGE. So beamy, but I easily stood and moved around in the boat too -- first boat I've been on that I could stand freely in. Gives me hope for finding seaworthy boats that have that kind of headroom. I will note the Good Old boat list (Atom Voyages | Voyages Aboard the Sailboat Atom -* Good Old Boats List - choosing a* small voyaging sailboat) does show a couple candidates for taller folks. Especially the Vancouver 27/28. He claims 6' 4" headroom.
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My dad sails my ohlson 38' hes 6'4 and doesnt have any great problems, the boats great and ideal for single handed very well manered sea boat!!!!!!!!!!!!
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