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Old 11-03-2014, 06:25   #1
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Ocean-crosser with 6'3" headroom for under $35k

Hello! This is a followup to my previous post: A bluewater live-aboard for under $20k

My grad program took a bit longer than expected, but come August I'll be free to set sail. My budget is now $35k for boat and refit. I am looking for a well-founded boat that could cross the pond with at least 6'4" headroom. Lots of people have suggested I forgo this criteria but my preferences are such that I do not want to slouch, especially considering I intend to live aboard. I'm looking for a cruiser so speed is a distant priority.

I've done much research over the past year, and am going to visit a couple boats next week: a Dreadnought 32 and a Freedom 33 Cat Ketch. I hear tell that the later Westsail 32s had 6'4" headroom? I've emailed some dealers about it but have yet to hear any replies. If true, then that would certainly be top of my list.

My heart longs for a Bob Perry design, but my budget puts the Babas, Tashibas, and Valiants out of reach.

I look forward to any suggestions you have. I'm still new to sailing, but haven't lost the bug while poking around the SC lakes in my little puffer 12 for the past 2 years. My uncle sails (and has won races in) a Bristol 32. I might cruise to the Caribbean with him late in the summer. Or I might just take my own if I've found her by then.

Thank you for your thoughts!
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:17   #2
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Re: Ocean-crosser with 6'3" headroom for under $35k

Don't budge of your "have to have" criteria (as long as they're "reasonable").

You might also look at Freedom 32s, which will be easier to find on the East Coast. I looked at a Coast 34 in Vancouver a while back -- 7-ft headroom, and an extremely nice boat with lots of extras, but this one was about double your budget.
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:17   #3
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Old 11-03-2014, 14:12   #4
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Re: Ocean-crosser with 6'3" headroom for under $35k

I am 6'5" and initially had a similar requirement - finding a bluewater capable boat with at least 6'5" headroom. Sadly, there just aren't that many boats built with tall sailors in mind. The Island Packets have the headroom but are well outside your price range. In the end, I compromised and found a boat with 6'2" headroom and you know what???? Its just fine. I have found that sleeping berth length is more important than headroom.

Check this blog. Lots of good info on great ocean crossers for less than $40K.

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Old 12-03-2014, 07:37   #5
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Re: Ocean-crosser with 6'3" headroom for under $35k

Thanks thats a good site I haven't come across yet. Those Coasts are nice, but like you said, a bit out of my price range. It seems my options are severely limited, given my budget. Even that Freedom 33 doesn't have enough headroom. Dreadnought is looking like the best, albeit slow, option.

Holding out hope there are Westsails with enough headroom somewhere.
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Old 12-03-2014, 08:56   #6
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Re: Ocean-crosser with 6'3" headroom for under $35k

I don't know if you'd consider an Aloha 34 to be an ocean crosser or not, certainly some have crossed oceans in the past, and it looks like it has comparable specs to the freedom 33 you're interested in. It has at least 6 foot 3 inches headroom all the way to the v-berth, and in most places looks like its closer to 6 foot 5.
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Re: Ocean-crosser with 6'3" headroom for under $35k

Try looking at an old Columbia 50. I'm short, so I may be wrong here, but I seem to remember they had excellent headroom. Be prepared to replace the engine or the suit of sails, but not both.

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Try looking at an old Columbia 50. I'm short, so I may be wrong here, but I seem to remember they had excellent headroom. Be prepared to replace the engine or the suit of sails, but not both.

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Thats a really good looking boat. Nice lines. Someone said 6'6" headroom. Unfortunately I'm looking for something I can comfortably single hand.

Just talked to the Dreadnought owner. 6'4" headroom, not the 6'7" I read online. I wonder why it isn't a more published feature? Though maybe most normal sized people don't have to worry about it.
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Re: Ocean-crosser with 6'3" headroom for under $35k

On the cheap... a Rawson 30 has pretty good headroom. Probably hard to find a nice one anymore... some around though. Dry sailors, but old school Bill Garden design so shorter water line.... Probably $12k for a nice one! Better sailors than a dreadnaught, WS or Freedom 33 cat ketch.
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Re: Ocean-crosser with 6'3" headroom for under $35k

I'll start sending you the ones that I (5'4) can't reach the grab rails. Unfortunately, the only one I can remember off hand is a shiny new Bavaria Vision.
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I'll start sending you the ones that I (5'4) can't reach the grab rails. Unfortunately, the only one I can remember off hand is a shiny new Bavaria Vision.

You could pick any boat! I'm jealous.
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You could pick any boat! I'm jealous.
I have to check if my feet touch the ground sitting on settees and cockpit seats with cushions
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