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Old 07-06-2016, 08:43   #16
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

When looking at boats to buy I really liked the Tayana 37. I almost convinced myself that if I was in bare feet all the time my head would only scrape along the headliner other than a few spots where I would have to remember to duck.

In a moment of clarity I realized that I was not being sensible, bought the boat I now have and am very happy I did not compromise something as important as headroom.

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Old 07-06-2016, 08:47   #17
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Depends on how much of masochist you are. Are you into death by a thousand bumps, contusions and cuts of course all to the head.
It was a critical point in my decision...

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Find a boat with good head room for you or buy a helmet. You will be very uncomfortable with only 6' of head room. If you were talking a vacation and weekender 6' would be fine not a live aboard. Best of luck.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:53   #19
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

You definitely don't want short. Lived that way a year. I'm 5'6" with only 5''6" headroom. Could stand if completely calm but still couldn't really move without complete thought and patience. Thru bolts , WOW they hurt! Beyond annoying, believe me! Especially being below in seas. When I moved up to 6' headroom on Columbia 30 it was like a ballroom. Everything changed from comfort to sleeping patterns. Neck, back soreness and overall attitude. It makes a huge difference. Cruising can be rough enough, you need comfort. No headroom , not large enough bunk, you'll hate it. Why I always comment about my height with. " Short is best on boats " . Good luck. You've been warned. If you haven't lived it you won't get it completely. You need the simple ability to move and especially sleep. 80% of healing is done during sleep, and you'll need head, back, neck...healing Sleep. As short suffers and pays a price in this world height also has it's downfalls. Bummer eh! Get a different boat. IMHO. Good luck and fair winds...
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

I think having a boat you cant stand up in is a real pain... especially living aboard.
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:26   #21
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

Time to start looking for a deck salon or pilot house type of configuration. My 5'11" in my Irwin 38 is fine until I move quickly then it's the low openings of the cabin and head doors that get me. I'm just healing from yet another scrape last week. It gets old.
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:38   #22
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

Imagine yourself in the Bahamas, or Ireland, or Alaska. You have the boat of your dreams, but it's a little shy on headroom. No worries.

Now imagine yourself in those places with a 5 day gale, pouring rain, can't leave the boat, can stand up completely, can't stretch.

There are so many many boats. Pick one you can imagine getting stuck inside for a while. Trust me - I've was boat bound for 3 days last winter. It was tough even on a bigger boat.

Keep looking, the right boat is out there.
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:45   #23
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I am not all that tall at 6'2" but is is miserable to not be able to stand to full height for several hours at a time.
All of the years I spent at sea was on ships that generally had adequate head room. The bunks were also sized large enough for me.
My major problem was hitting things hanging just above my line of site. I left a lot of skin there.
Find another vessel with stand up and lie down room, uncompromised if attempting a liveaboard.
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

I am only 5 feet 7 in. and my head room is 6'5'' minimum. I feel very comfortable living aboard. I find many boats I visit to be way too low even at my height and am constantly banging my head on low doors and stuff. I don't know how they can stand it. Life is too short to have to walk around in your home bent over all the time. Look for a different boat for a live aboard.
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

That extra 4" of headroom is VERY important!

I am a little over 6'6" in bare feet. Deck shoes on I'm 6'7". Believe me, you want a boat you have full headroom in. I have had both and ducking and bumping is a pain in the ass. (And I have multiple head scars to prove it). It is not just at the dock you need the headroom, think about open ocean sailing in a rough seaway and going below and having to duck. Forget it. I know from 30 years experience and 50k ocean miles, on boats I had no headroom in and others like the one I have now that I have headroom to spare.

For a happy life, you need a vessel that you can stand up straight in. You are not a Hobbit in a cave.
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

Either deficiency would be a deal breaker for me. In fact, they are among the three must haves, in my opinion. I tend to slouch and want nothing to do with anything that caters to that! As for room, while sleeping, I stretch out my feet and toes, so need something a good bit longer than my height and I think I am not alone.
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

I have lived on two boats with insufficient headroom. I would no do it again. The problem with being tall is the need for headroom leads often to longer more expensive boats
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I have lived on two boats with insufficient headroom. I would no do it again. The problem with being tall is the need for headroom leads often to longer more expensive boats
Not always true, take a look at the Morgan Out-Island series, very affordable and very spacious!
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What he said!
? What he said. I thought he was asking for an opinion. Maybe I misunderstood you comment?
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

Need to allow for your hair and shoes. At 6'4", a 6'6" cabin height seems barely adequate.
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