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Re: Trailer Sailors and Standing Headroom
Budget will, of course, make a difference.. but if you're talking sub-10K boats then it's a bit limited.
Our first and second boats (Shark 24 and Viking 28 - ironically both iconic Great Lakes boats, and we've always been on the West coast) had 5 feet headroom. We owned the Viking for 10 years as our son grew up, he first sailed on her at 18 days of age. A sweet sailing boat, and in reality, most of our time below was spent sitting or sleeping. At the galley, one stood in the companionway with infinite headroom. While we were much younger then, I don't recall a lot of complaining or 'wishing for more headroom' rather than more 'space'.
Presently it's nice to be able to walk around upright, and to be able to dress without having to crouch, but still most of our time below is not spent standing except at the galley.
It may be more difficult going the other way (from having standing headroom to not) esp depending on your agility and fitness.
Downsizing is interesting on many fronts.. we moved, over the years, from 24 to 28 to 40, then decided to downsize to a 30. Going up was easy and amazing, but after over a decade with a 40 footer all the 30s seemed way too tight, and we ended up with our 35 footer which suits us still, yet another 12 years on.
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