Well, that three inches can be a pain, literally, if you stand up too quickly.
That said, you will spend most of the time on deck
, where headroom
is not an issue.
Connemara has six foot of headroom ... in the companionway
; any further forward and I have to start ducking. But most of the time, I don't notice it.
OTOH, you're a foot taller than your wife. In a boat with more headroom, she might find it difficult safely to move around below in a seaway because the handholds might be too high.
It's an issue that my Admiral and I struggle with as we look at new boats - we want a boat that suits her size and mine.
Like everything on a boat, it's a compromise.