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Old 07-06-2016, 12:56   #31
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

Head Banger, No Brainer

For day sailing & racing, a low ceiling height would not be a problem, But living on your boat day & night, adequate headroom is critical.

I stay on my boat about 40% of the time. In my opinion adequate "head room" is a necessity throughout the boat's cabin, and above your bunk.
My IP has a head room of 6 '4" (minimum of 6"). Top of all door jams is 5' 11". I"m 5 '9" (about 5 '10" in tennis shoes). I DO NOT enjoy hitting my head!!! While at the dock or at anchor, I want room to move freely throughout, without slightest notion of banging my head. One of the main reasons why I choose my sailboat, "livability".

I even installed nylon webbing hanging down from the companionway hatch to decrease whacking my noggin when exiting the cabin.
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Old 07-06-2016, 14:39   #32
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

I know personally that I would not accept living conditions that did not allow me to stand upright. It's one thing to duck into an enclosure for a few minutes and have to be bent over...to live that way constantly I would consider it totally unacceptable.
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Old 07-06-2016, 14:49   #33
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

Seem as though the majority say. Find a boat with head room.
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Old 07-06-2016, 15:15   #34
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

What boat, or what size boat are we talking about?
I am 6'2" (186 cm) tall.
Previous boat was a CSY 33, generous head room for guys 6'6" or so.
I was always comfortable and would not have accepted less.
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Old 07-06-2016, 15:23   #35
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

You should be able to stand straight at least in some parts of the boat.
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Old 07-06-2016, 16:07   #36
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

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? What he said. I thought he was asking for an opinion. Maybe I misunderstood you comment?
Apparently the quote with "get tall or get a helmet" didn't make it. Sorry!

This is what it looked like on my screen in my original and above:

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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.


What he said!
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

Thank goodness there's an advantage of being 5'8" tall. You tall fellows makes more money, so you should be able to afford a boat that fits you.
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Old 07-06-2016, 16:24   #38
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

I'm 6'4" and my boat has 6' headroom. I can make it work, as most of the time your not standing anyways.
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

My 6'2+" sons have plenty of clearance here.





As I recall, six-foot headroom was standard for "stand up" boats in the sixties.
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

If you can have full standing height, at least in the kitchen area, that's a big plus.

I can only stand up where a hatch is open, 10+ years by now, no issues.

Not critical then but sure very nice to have.

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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

FYI: Hunter 34 1983 = 6ft 5in Headroom

A very common boat, not too expensive.

Many other boats have 6' 3" headroom.

Some older boats from the 1980s will have 6' 5" or even more.
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

That's what she said?
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

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That's what she said?
That's exactly what I thought when I saw the topic appear, and since it didn't start that way, but instead was entirely on point, I didn't pollute the waters

But I can tell you for certain that there's a relationship to that, with comfort and enjoyment of the old girl, regardless of her make

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Apparently the quote with "get tall or get a helmet" didn't make it. Sorry!

This is what it looked like on my screen in my original and above:

Re: How critical is 4 inches?




What he said!
Sorry if you didn't get the point of bashing your head often with inadequate head room. The helmet was, I thought, obviously said in jest.
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Old 08-06-2016, 10:40   #45
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Re: How critical is 4 inches?

Thanks for all of the replies!! It took me a little while to decide to look around more, and it was the advice on this forum that pushed me over. So I will keep looking, I know we will find the right boat! its just a matter of time and patience.
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