Originally Posted by Armagh
I found one comment that on the Manta 42 that the stairway down into the hulls was less than that. Apparently you can't readily walk down, instead you do a 180 turn and back down. Same orientation as walking up. Not a show-stopper, but a bit inconvenient.
This isn't true on the 40 and earlier model 42, although it will eventually be true for someone tall enough (~6'3" or so). On the later model 42, I have noticed that they changed something that brings the cabin
top closer to your head as you walk down them. I think they widened the steps so that you have to walk outboard
a bit more before taking the next step down. I am 5'11" and still walk down them normally, but am closer to the cabin
top than on my boat and earlier 42's.
You will find this problem on a majority of cats in the size range you asked about. The bigger and fatter they are, the less problem you will have.
Keep in mind we are talking about 3 steps - not staircases. If you are that tall, you will have problems with berth lengths also.