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Berth length ?

I guess this may be a new guys question. I'm six-foot five and am trying to find out how long given berth sizes are, it seems that this is not stated other than in language such as "a generous berth size" etc, how do i find out and is there a reference that I should be looking for? Thanks for any info that can help.
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Re: Berth length ?

That is a tough one. The only way I would know is to get a hold of the original NA plans on the boat which is not easy. The other way is to simply ask someone to measure.

Are you searching for a boat? If you have any in mind, contact the broker or seller and explain that the berth length is critical for you and could they please measure.

If you are interested in a particular boat, you may be able to find an owners forum where members would more than likely help you out.

Of course, headroom is also critical for some of your stature.

Most boats have berths that have space at the end that could potentially be lengthened.

I am 6' even and my berth is 6'6" long and can feel a little short sometimes. It is a pullman style located between two bulkhead so there is no option for lengthening.
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Re: Berth length ?

There really is no substitute for actually trying a boat on for size. Measurements can be decieving, particularly when it comes to odd shaped v-berths and quarter berths.

I assume you are trying to narrow down search parameters for a boat purchase? I would say decide what boats interest you, and then try and find local examples and ask the owners if you can have a look. Most boat owners I know are more than happy to show off their boats. If they are not trying to sell the boat to you they are more likely to be honest about the shortcomings of that particular model as well.
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Re: Berth length ?

Best is to find a boat with no bulkhead at one end of the berth, so your feet can hang off, as necessary. If you are new at this, I will point out that your feet typically go down by the pointy end of a v-berth when there are two occupants. Alone, it's comfortable to be the other way around.
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There really is no substitute for actually trying a boat on for size. Measurements can be decieving, particularly when it comes to odd shaped v-berths and quarter berths.-SchockT
This is so true. Our V on our 35 C&C could fit a 7 footer. It is one of the fullest Vs I have experienced. Every boat and model is different.

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Re: Berth length ?

Thanks for the info guys, tape measures and boat to boat lying around,
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Re: Berth length ?

Or curl up and sleep on your side! (Also 6'5")
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Re: Berth length ?

When checking out a prospective boat also try laying down in the cockpit and see if thats comfortable. Many times if weather is nice and we are doing an overnighter one sleeps in the cockpit while the other is on watch. Also nice in great weather to sleep under the stars on a hot windless night. cant happen if your 6'6 and the cockpit seat is only 5'
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Re: Berth length ?

On some boats, the salon settee is the most comfortable sleeping space. Particularly, if it extends into a larger berth.
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Re: Berth length ?

At 6'5" I'm thinking you are shopping for a boat at least 36' if you plan to be comfortable below decks. I'd think both the V-berth and aft cabin on our C36 would be tolerable, but you really are going to need to get on the boats you're interested in and climb into the berths to see how they fit.

I'd suggest spending a few minutes in each rack you try, since first impressions can be deceiving. Tell the broker to go get a coffee while you spend enough time to see if the boats bunks are going to work for you.
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