Join Date: Apr 2007
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Re: First sailboat for a very tall guy with a very tall family
I'm only 6'4", with many taller family, but I think a couple of points should be noted: Headroom almost always varies, depending on where you are on the boat. A nominal 6'6" of headroom tells you nothing. As with cars, ergonomics are really important. Stand in the head and sit on the pot and see if it works for you. It does no good if you can stand in the cabin, but can't poop or shower. There is always headroom in the cockpit, but see how high the boom is. If you have a dodger or bimini, pay attention to your standing position, I had to redo the bimini position in our boat because it was designed for someone of average height. Check out the bunks -- it will make a difference if you sleep on your side or use the full length, and whether you can hang your feet off the end. Think about how many people will sleep aboard -- we nominally sleep 5, but never have used more than 3. As others have suggested, full standing headroom is usually far from the deciding factor. And I would not consider a 40' plus boat for a first boat unless you charter a few times and decide it is right for you. YMMV, but in my case I often sail solo or with just my wife, and a boat we can easily handle dramatically increases our sailing time and fun.