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Old 20-01-2012, 21:19   #1
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Headroom in Cats 38-44ft

I would like to collect some info on headroom in 38-44 ft cats. Yes, it varies but key areas are in the hulls and at the galley cooktop.

I had thought a Lavezzi would be the perfect boat until I kept hitting my head in the Starboard hull, which had about an inch less headroom than the port hull.

The Athena was terrible with fwd facing galley against the sloping windows - I couldn't get near the cooktop without stooping.

Which are the cats in this length range that offer the best headroom? Anybody like to share minimum's on their boat?
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Old 20-01-2012, 21:51   #2
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Re: Headroom in cats 38-44ft

I'm 6 ft. and the only place I have an issue is in the owner's side head on my '05 Leopard 40. It's around 5'11". Most areas are around 6'5".
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Re: Headroom in cats 38-44ft

Thanks for that. I'm 6'1", and really want to avoid stooping and ducking, particularly in the head!. Owners side is typically starboard for some reason, and I think the stuff mounted at the exterior helm results in a reduction in headroom below.
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Re: Headroom in cats 38-44ft

I'm only 5'-5" and I don't have any issues anywhere except the engine areas. Sorry.
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Re: Headroom in cats 38-44ft

I'm 6 ft tall and take my advice and get a tall boat broker, our broker was 6 ft 8 inches and an ex pro football lineman about 280 lbs and a really nice guy. He makes all the big boat shows and only goes on just catamarans so just walking aboard answers a lot of questions about size for him and he passed his info on.
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Ok, targeting tall brokers!

So how does 6' go in a Gemini? Or should I ask things like that....
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I'm 6 ft tall and take my advice and get a tall boat broker, our broker was 6 ft 8 inches and an ex pro football lineman about 280 lbs and a really nice guy. He makes all the big boat shows and only goes on just catamarans so just walking aboard answers a lot of questions about size for him and he passed his info on.
I'm about the same size as your broker, and I haven't been on a production boat under about 60 feet that had enough headroom.
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I'm about the same size as your broker, and I haven't been on a production boat under about 60 feet that had enough headroom.
So you have been finding boats that fit , Good for you and good luck
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Ok, targeting tall brokers!

So how does 6' go in a Gemini? Or should I ask things like that....
Very easly but I don't sleep in the aft staterooms, It also fit our cash budget
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Re: Headroom in cats 38-44ft

This was discussed a while back. As I recall the PDQ Antares 44 and the Maine Cat 41 had the best headroom in that size range. Do a search and you'll probably find it.
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Nope, I had to build one.
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This was discussed a while back. As I recall the PDQ Antares 44 and the Maine Cat 41 had the best headroom in that size range. Do a search and you'll probably find it.
Thanks Bob. I did try a search initially, but adding in 'Antares' helped find this. It has some links I'm still exploring.
Lagoon 400 - Any Other Cat with Similar Headroom ?
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Yeah Lagoon 400 has some silly amount of headroom.
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Yeah Lagoon 400 has some silly amount of headroom.
Its about 7', but then a guy who was 6'3" said he managed to hit his head somewhere in the hulls. So, no substitute for personal testing. The links in that L400 thread enable a list of possibilities, and help eliminate some otherwise great boats. eg FP need to be relatively new models or more than 43ft.
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Re: Headroom in Cats 38-44ft

It will take a very large catamaran before you eliminate all needs to duck once in a while. The hulls have necessary structural bulkheads going through them and tying the structure together, which means ducking a bit as you go through doorways into other cabins. The only cat I have been on close to the size you mention that didn't require ducking through bulkheads for someone your height was a Knysa 48 - which had so much freeboard and hull depth that the floor could be lowered enough to mitigate the overhead on the bulkhead cutout.

It's not a matter of ducking so much as it is leaning forward or backward the right amount as you walk through those one or two spots. It will quickly become so ingrained that you won't even know you are doing it.

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