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Boating comfort? Or am I just soft?

Want to spend a week or so on the boat over Christmas ( Florida) Have a Pearson 26 - while its a nice boat and fine for a night or two - but that is about as much as I can take being hunched over down below - I am 50+ and 6'2" - the boat has about 5'8" headroom at best at its highest point - hunching over gets tiring - jumping up to a Hunter 30 ( or something similar) I get standing headroom and a little more comfortable facilities down below - not going to cross an ocean - just the Keys and Bahamas next 2 years - while the Pearson would certainly handle that - not sure if I care to do it on a 26' boat - but then I read about people cruising on their CD 25 ( not the D) and sailing across oceans in Potter 19's and I think maybe I am just a wimp.
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Re: Boating comfort? Or am I just soft?

Can do and want to do are different animals. Get something you are comfortable in before you end up quitting altogether.
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Re: Boating comfort? Or am I just soft?

Im considered a pretty low-frills cruiser by most standards, but standing head room is a must.

If youre going to be on the boat for more than a few days at a time, living hunched over is just not acceptable at least not for me. I can live with far fewer niceties than most, but I gotta be able to stand!

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Re: Boating comfort? Or am I just soft?

I have noticed that many of those cruising sub 30 footers spend very little time lounging around aboard their boats when they are anchored near a town. We may go zipping by in the Maserati several times a day and rarely see a dink at these boats. It appears that they come home in the evening to eat and sleep. They also rarely have a companion sailing with them.
However, I may be way off base and these frugal owners of sub 30 foot cruisers just don't have the maintenance we on bigger boats do, so they have much more time to spend ashore having a grand old time!

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Re: Boating comfort? Or am I just soft?

Maybe rig a boom canopy or mast-to-backstay canopy so you have standup height outside.
You're in a great climate.
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Re: Boating comfort? Or am I just soft?

Do yourself a favor and go look at a Catalina 30 you get standing headroom a good layout and the sail well.
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Re: Boating comfort? Or am I just soft?

If you can afford Catalina 30, no need to punish yourself. After 50 you deserve some comfort and being hunched over is bad for your health as well.
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Re: Boating comfort? Or am I just soft?

Standing head room was the reason we sold our first boat , it was a O'Day 23 . After 2 wks.' at the Island our backs said go home , and we were young back then . Comfort is important to us , for the "V"berth we have a 5" cushion and 4 layers of memory foam . I like being comfy but Ms.westi takes all the good spots .

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Re: Boating comfort? Or am I just soft?

No shame in being a wimp.... I had the Pearson OD. (weekender) which was the same hull as yours but with even less headroom, I think it was 5'2" at the highest point. Fun little boat but definitely not so much for weekending much less a week. Even a Catalina 27 would be a huge improvement in accommodations but 29 or 30 would be even better. Like you, I simply got tired of being hunched over in the boat. I wound up moving up to a 33 which for me is the perfect size for now anyway. The wimpness that naturally comes with age may catch up to me eventually when it comes to raising the mainsail, grinding the winches and most importantly wrestling the boat into it's slip on a windy day. All of these chores are easier on a smaller boat, not to mention the amount of maintenance and money required for the bigger and presumably considerably more expensive vessel. Always a trade off of something.
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Re: Boating comfort? Or am I just soft?

if you can afford the upgrade, go for it...
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