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Old 17-03-2011, 12:26   #1
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Headroom?

I have found a potential boat, ticks most boxes!

The problem is I am 6 ft and a touch, the headroom is 5'9"

I spent a few hours the other day looking at her and didn't notice but my wife (who is only 5') noticed me almost taking an inch off my head a few times!

I don't plan to live aboard but will try to sail for longish periods.

Should I be worried by this?
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Old 17-03-2011, 12:52   #2
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Re: Headroom?

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.

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Old 17-03-2011, 13:14   #3
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Re: Headroom?

I do not have the standing height in my ship but my first mate does.

No problem sailing as I am either in the cockpit or down below - in horizontal position, or at least seated.

Not much of an issue living aboard last 2 years now either - I probably just got used to whatever space there is and I am happy with it.

But when I look towards future potentials I always check the cabin height now ... ;-)

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Old 17-03-2011, 13:19   #4
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Re: Headroom?

you can have 4-6 inches taken out of your shins?!
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Old 17-03-2011, 13:28   #5
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I thought of the shins solution but thought it would be easier to lower the keel
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Re: Headroom?

my ericson 35mII has 6'1 in headroom and my formosa has 6'4 headroom.... i used to have a 26 islander with 6 ' headroom but i am 5'8 so is irrelevant-- the cal 25 was shorter than i -- so i got it another home looong ago.. is most uncomfortable to try to live in a smaller box than needed.
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We have a Viking Giant who sails a Westerly GK in our fleet. The lack of headroom doesn't bother him, beacause he only goes below to heave the sails up and down!! His wife does the rest!

Seriously though - you know those pool noodles? On our dive boat we use them to line any ridges and other places where the tall guys bump their heads...
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Re: Headroom?

I have a lot of headroom. When I was living aboard I found my noggin very lumpy anyway. There's no shortage of places to smack ones pumpkin even in a boat with a lot of headroom.
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Old 17-03-2011, 15:12   #9
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Re: Headroom?

Onlt if you have problems knowing the exact location of your head... Do you hit your head on things, by accident?
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Re: Headroom?

You could learn to live with it but it is just not as nice as actually having the head room.

Once over 6' it is a handicap.

Why don't they have three water fountains on the wall????
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You could learn to live with it but it is just not as nice as actually having the head room.

Once over 6' it is a handicap.
Guess now I understand why my being 6'4.5" is a problem
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I regularly have been accused of losing my head

Perhaps a pool noodle around my head
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Re: Headroom?

I think most folks have said that they are either in prone position, seated or just passing through the boat. For a boat with little headroom a seated nav station is really helpful. If it takes awhile for you to get used to it a bike helmet might save a few thumps and they are not as uncomfortable as they appear to be.
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why i love my formosa---one of the reasons--is the headroom was even good for my viking giant brother... 6'8 barefoot....he only hit his head one time on my overhead....
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why i love my formosa---one of the reasons--is the headroom was even good for my viking giant brother... 6'8 barefoot....he only hit his head one time on my overhead....

So.

He has learned to live with his handicap by ducking.
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