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Old 19-01-2013, 02:12   #1
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Can you have the best of both worlds with sail boats?

I am new to the forum so I hope that I've come to the right place. Seen a lot of helpful discussions here about small, and inexpensive live aboard sailboats. I am planning on moving out of my apartment and onto a sailboat this fall. My question is, can you suggest a good live aboard sailboat that's under 30 feet for a guy who's 6'7? Maybe I'm kidding myself that it can be done but I'm really keen on finding a boat that is functional for cabin height but also small enough to fit in a 30 ft slip. Do I have a better chance with a power boat? I appreciate any help that you can offer!
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Re: Can you have the best of both worlds with sail boats?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, RGOFF08.
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Hi.... Welcome to CF...
Is being able to stand erect in a small boat when below really needed... I'm 6'2" and my boats headroom is 4'6"... same on the last boat as well...
In a mono no chance... you'd have to design/construct your own pop-top for when not sailing...
A power boat may be the way to go
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Old 19-01-2013, 08:02   #4
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Re: Can you have the best of both worlds with sail boats?

Maybe a houseboat (no fooling) and a sailing dinghy?
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Re: Can you have the best of both worlds with sail boats?

How did you come about this mystery limit of 30 feet?
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Re: Can you have the best of both worlds with sail boats?

There are some pretty deep sailboats, but i dont know about 6-7. a small trawler may be to your liking. Hard to find under 32-34 feet though.
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Pop top would probably be your only option on a sailboat...I know the Cal 25 has one. Best option would be to learn to live with it, I'm 6'9" and have about 4 feet of headroom in my boat. Just gotta spend a lot of time sitting, stretching out in the cockpit.
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Re: Can you have the best of both worlds with sail boats?

Somewhere I read about a small boat that the designer had patented the idea of setting the main walkway thru the boat down into the keel stub giving greater headroom. I don't recall if it was enough for you or what the boat is called. I have heard the Laguna 26 has a lot of headroom for its size, but don't know the number.

The smallest boat I can think of that I know you would fit is the COLUMBIA 34 Mk II which has 7' under the bubble and about 6' or so elsewhere.

I can't tell you anything about powerboats and headroom but I imagine that the market forces that lead to 6' or so headroom in most sailboats will work the same for powerboats.
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If you get a boat with BIG hatches, and rig a boom tent over the main hatch and a dodger over the forehatch, you can have standing headroom in places where it matters, when your tied up or at anchor...
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Re: Can you have the best of both worlds with sail boats?

See also ➥ Head Room Over 6'5" within a 30' Sailboat
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Re: Can you have the best of both worlds with sail boats?

Bombay Clipper 31 Roomiest nicest best priced boats in the range imho. 6'6" headroom. They have a 3'4" Shoal draft version and a 5' version. Tough as nails, IP bought the molds and made the exact same boat for a few years (they cost 3x as much!!!) I have seen several for sale from $2900. (needing an engine but had new sails ), to 15k fully loaded and ready. Our old one may even be available for less and it was pristine! Great boats, and handle and sail really well and very roomy layout.
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Re: Can you have the best of both worlds with sail boats?

Bayfield 25 has a lot of headroom, cant remember how much but guessing 6-3 or so... Gulf 29-32 have huge headroom for the size.
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