The unfortunate reality is that boats are specifically made for people of average height. I'm 6'3 and I was very fortunate to find the Catalina
350 happens to have a lot of spare headroom
(the 380 / 385 is similar). I've yet to find any
other boat with as much full length headroom
. Even the larger 40-50' boats still have headroom only for those of average height. I was amazed to find that the new deck salon
models have a raised floor in the center, so even though they look like they have a ton of headroom on the outside they're still very tight inside.
The obvious reason for this is that the lower you can set the cabintop the more sporty/elegant/natural the boat looks. The less obvious but more significant reason is that if the cabintop is too high, people of average height simply wont be able to see through the windows! As is illustrated by my boat, anyone under 6' can't see the horizon unless they go on deck
- Try out a ton of boats - especially customs.
- Rip out the cabin sole and rebuild it flush with the stringers.
- Rip out the cabin sole and use the hull as the sole, stepping between the stringers. - alla Open 40 / Class 40 race boats.
- Get a boat that's so small or so racy that no-one is expected to be able to stand and so the boat is configured thusly, galley is seat accessible, etc.
- Get used to bending a bit.