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Skippers don't work, they think.

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The biggest problem a short-stature skipper might have is having the leg reach to comfortably brace yourself at the helm under all conditions, esp on a long beat.

On certain pilothouse boats for cruising you might suffer more from compromised sight-lines from the helm.

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From a designers perspective short people make good clients. Less headroom to deal with. I design my interiors to fit my 6'3" body and I can't remember a shorter client ever complaining. Oh yeah, my wife complained that the V berth in out Esprit was too high. But she was pregant at the time and had a hard time vaulting up into it.

I think I'll dig out my old Randy Newman Lp tonight. The one with SHORT PEOPLE on it.
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One of the coolest accommodations I have seen for shorter people with sight line issues was a fold-down "step", a teak platform, on the aft bulkhead of the cockpit with a second, fold down leg. It lifted the helmsperson up about six inches and worked wonderfully. At 5'10" I was fine without it but found myself using it even though I had to watch the boom more carefully.

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When I raced with Bill Garden on OCEANUS ( aside,,,"here we go again. Bob and his stories.") Bill had built a "box" about 14" high that he stood on when he was at the wheel so he could see over the raised house. It was a shapely box, Garden style, but a box none the less.

I can see myself telling a client, "No problem. Just stand on this box. You'll see over the house just fine."
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The Wombet always stood on the cockpit seats when helming Raven under power. I offered to get her a stepladder to stand on. She hit me. Short people have no sense of humour.

If you are only going to have one Randy Newman album, make it Good Old Boys.

In the main ... crew can be short and agile, skippers should be tall and spindly, preferably a few pound overweight and going ever so slightly to seed.

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I'd think for dinghies, light weight would be favorable for light wind, heavy weight would be favorable for heavy wind.
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.... skippers should be tall and spindly, preferably a few pound overweight and going ever so slightly to seed.
Says he, gazing ever-so-humbly at the mirror.....

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I'd think for dinghies, light weight would be favorable for light wind, heavy weight would be favorable for heavy wind.
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If i am a decent skipper does it even matter what my body type is?
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