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Old 29-05-2012, 01:41   #1
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Tall People Friendly Boats

Hi,

Just joined the forum but have lurked around for a while. I'm in the process of researching boats in the 27-32 foot range Albin Vega 27, Contessa 26 etc that all come into my price range. I'm looking for a solid boat and I know these 2 have crossed oceans numerous times. My main use for it firstly however would be to explore the Western Isles of Scotland.

Unfortunately though I'm 6' 4'' and do not wish to do impressions of the Hunchback of Notre Dame whilst sailing. I can't afford a massive boat so I'm going to have to make compromises with interior head room so does anyone have any recommendations for small boats with headroom of either over 6' 4'' or at the very minimum 6' that do not cost the earth?

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Old 29-05-2012, 02:34   #2
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Re: tall people friendly boats

OK, there aren't very many small boats that will fit tall people happily! However, the Westerly Centaur (26???) is one... Not very racy, on account of it looking like a caravan on keels, but it has standing room!

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Old 29-05-2012, 02:51   #3
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Hi Sailoress,


Thanks for the welcome. That's actually not a bad looking little boat. I'm not to fussy on performance, I'm more interested in getting somewhere in one piece and without a crooked neck. I'll look into the Westerly in more depth today.
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Old 29-05-2012, 07:54   #4
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I have an Albin Ballad (big sister to the Vega) which is 29ft. I am 6'-5" and find it comfortable even though the headroom is slightly less than I am tall.
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Old 29-05-2012, 08:26   #5
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Re: Tall People Friendly Boats

I have found Vancouver 27 has more standing height than many other of this size.

Most 26-29 will not have full height though. Many 30 -32 will.

In any case do not overworry the issue, you will be mostly seated while inside. Full height is perhaps most practical in the galley area - if it is close to the entry then you can keep the excessive inches outside.

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Old 29-05-2012, 08:28   #6
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Old 29-05-2012, 09:44   #7
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Used 1980 Aquarius Pilot Cutter, Gig Harbor WA - 101697441 - BoatTrader.com

Only 30 something of them made, so hard to find. But you might get lucky.

http://www.floridaboats.net/archive/...tter%20597.jpg

"Headroom 6' 3" under trunk"
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Re: Tall People Friendly Boats

look for a tall designer--boat designed by tall men have decent head room. mine is a garden-he was 6'4. west sail are tall inside. many boats can be found less pricey than listed--keep eyes open
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Be sure to check the berth length. Most time indoors is not spent standing, yes some time, but you will be sitting far more often. A short berth for sleeping in is a much bigger problem, I can say from experience.
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Check out Ed Monk's designs. I am 6'4 and fit comfortably on most of his boats. Including mine
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look for a tall designer--boat designed by tall men have decent head room. mine is a garden-he was 6'4. west sail are tall inside. many boats can be found less pricey than listed--keep eyes open
Mark Ellis is also 6'4". Check out the Aloha 32, Niagara 35 and the Nonsuch 30.
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6'7" in my Westsail 32.
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I know this is a tad beyond your size range, but the Grampian 34 has 7-feet of head room in the main salon, and 6 1/2 pretty much everywhere else, including the full aft cabin (in the ketch models). Solid, straight-forward cruising boats that can be had pretty cheap these days (example: www.elysian.ca -- yes, my boat ).

Gramps are Canadian boats, but when I was first researching them I found a number over in the British Isles. You might find one nearby. If so, I'd definitely check it out.
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Thanks for the info guys.



Mike, that's a nice looking boat. From what I've heard Grampians are well built, I suppose they would be for canadian waters. I'll have a look into them in more depth, they'll come into my planned budget, not intending on buying until the start of next year.
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