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Old 17-08-2013, 20:27   #16
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My main concern is will I be able to "fit" in the boat?
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Old 17-08-2013, 20:28   #17
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My main concern is will I be able to "fit" in the boat?
indeed. lots of room.
your will have to modify the bed unless you sleep fetal, in any boat.
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Old 17-08-2013, 20:30   #18
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Re: Plus-size skipper needs advice.

Consider getting a twin masted ketch with an aft cabin; 50+ footer. Good luck!

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Old 17-08-2013, 20:33   #19
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1977 Tayana Tayana sailboat for sale in Florida
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Old 17-08-2013, 20:37   #20
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Consider getting a twin masted ketch with an aft cabin; 50+ footer. Good luck!

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There is supposed to be a Morgan Outhouse 51 in Key West that needs help.
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Old 17-08-2013, 20:39   #21
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That Tayana has beautiful lines.
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Old 17-08-2013, 20:43   #22
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My main concern is will I be able to "fit" in the boat?

We talked about this in another thread some time ago. One option to give you enough length is to build folding platforms that extend your settees so they meet in the middle. Have your back cushions made so they can fill in that space. Then you can sleep diagonally and have plenty of room. The extendable parts probably wouldn't have to run the entire length of the settees to give you plenty of width. It would just take a little fiddling.

But do make your plans well. I have a friend whose extendable edition collapsed the first time his new girlfriend spent the night on the boat.

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Old 17-08-2013, 20:57   #23
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Do you recall where that thread may lie?
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Old 17-08-2013, 21:00   #24
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Re: Plus-size skipper needs advice.

As far as births go...often times you can extend them a few inches into cabinetry. But as far as height, maybe ask a few surveyors and a few brokers. For $45K, you might want to stay in the 40' and under size...good luck and welcome.
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Old 18-08-2013, 03:15   #25
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Re: Plus-size skipper needs advice.

A mate of mine is also not exactly anorexic ........one of his challenges (and my concerns!) is him not accidentally breaking stuff, or me! should he suddenly be launched across the boat (on the day sailor I guess you are mostly sitting down rather than walking around), as well as when climbing aboard from the dink (lifelines / stanchions not really up to that sort of weight). Him being able to sit down somewhere (in the Cockpit and on deck) out of the way / to rest a bit, especially on deck / in comfort also useful.

Decent sidedecks and space around the shrouds also helps a bit, albeit he had a fairly small motorboat with no lifelines, but a chunk of decent height cabin and wheelhouse so the handholds were within reach - so he could hang his butt over the side rather than squeezing along the decks......albeit the boat always listed somewhat when doing that ..

You probably also want to consider what to do should you go MOB, the conversation with my mate went along the lines of - "yer gonna be fooked" as unlikely I could do more than tow you.....in your case will likely also have to make sure your +1 can also get the vessel home on own.

On the comfort angle, likely will also want a decent sized head compartment and a companionway that you can get through (me mate can't get into my aft cabin - well, he could if he really really had to.....but not out of choice!, albeit at 30' and built in 1970 she is on the older end of design).....my guess is that you will have to do a fair bit of trying on for size......perhaps on other people's boats?

Oh, and you probably don't want wet core in the decks, at least not too much.......

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My Downeaster 38 has 6'9 in the main cabin and the v-berth is really roomy. I can't recall the exact measurements on the v-berth but it's super comfy. Draws just under 5' and the cutter is 49' at mast so good for ICW and the Bahamas.
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Re: Plus-size skipper needs advice.

I always found Valiant 40/42 very easy to get in/out and about. Good layout for a big person, I think.

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Old 18-08-2013, 07:25   #28
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Do you recall where that thread may lie?

I'm sorry. I remember the discussion but not where it was on the board. I was hoping that what I said would jog someone's memory.
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Old 18-08-2013, 07:38   #29
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I also should add that I will trade my time, sweat and blood for a better vessel in the long run. I don't mind turning a wrench or grinding the itchy stuff.
Hello, N1EYO

If it is correct of you that you don't mind the itchy stuff, I'm wondering whether you'd consider purchasing a hull and fitting it out to suit?

At your height, standing headroom is going to be very difficult if not impossible to find. However, if you can at least tailor a berth to fit, you'll be able to stretch out to relax, as well as being upright above decks.

Particularly with your height, it may be difficult to find a boat that you'll feel comfortable on, especially for long periods at sea, doublehanding, unless you can sleep well.

FWIW, the old Columbia 50's (~40 yrs.) had good headroom. But this is written by a 5'3" shorty. Whether it might be enough for you, only you can decide.

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Re: Plus-size skipper needs advice.

it is easy to extend mid ships berths, i have done that. what is difficult is walking thru the boat with constant headaches because of low overhead.
there were and are designers with height and their boats provide more headroom.
garden was 6'4, columbias have headroom in the 34 and larger sizes, morgan , and some others are able to accommodate taller souls. good luck in search.
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