Originally Posted by Bigal56
My wife and I are currently looking at catamarans in the 38 to 42 foot range.
I have been looking at Leopards and hope to find an owner's suite boat.
Yesterday I came across a Maxim 380 for sale
for a reasonable price
but can find no information about the headroom on this boat. I am 6'4''' and run about 200.
Can anybody tell me about the headroom in this boat as well as room in the birth in the owner's suite? I can sleep catty-corner to get enough room in bed
but don't want to have to stoop for long periods of time in the salon
I know that it will be shorter on the sides but I am looking for a boat that I can stand up at least in the center.
I would also like to add that the boat I am looking at is an 03 or newer because I know there was a change in the hull design after hull number 23 in this line.
Any information or suggestions would be appreciated!
Welcome Aboard CF!
I sailed on a Maxim 380 from Cayman Islands
to upper Chesapeake (about 1,700nm) earlier this summer. I don’t recall
the age/year of the boat, but it was about that age.
I am 6’ tall.
I did not sleep in the master cabin
, but saw it. I slept in the aft, starboard side cabin (3 stateroom model).
I did all of the cooking
in the galley
, and went inside each of the cabins for various reasons. I never hit my head or felt there were low ceilings (overhead), but of course I am 6’ not 6’4”.
The berth I was on was long enough for me, but it may seem a little short for someone 6’4”. I recall
having my head to aft (with lower overhead) and my feet dangled off the edge of the mattress for comfort (so my head was not in lowest space). The master cabin has more room and a private shower/head.
The walkthrough head on starboard side was tight and there appeared to be little standing room in the forward starboard cabin.
In the aft cabin, there was enough room to stand up at the end of the bunk, but very little space to turn around, and no storage
for personal gear
. I kept my seabag beside me on the “double” bunk. I think you would feel cramped in that cabin.
The aft cabin I was in had the berth over the engine
compartment, separated by a piece of plywood
and a relative thin mattress. As the engine
was runnning, and we were in the summer in the Caribbean
, that was a very hot place to sleep. I had to keep the portlights
and overhead hatch
closed due to splashes from waves (spray) and occasional light rain. This meant sleeping on a hot surface as the engine heat caused the mattress to feel like a hot blanket beneath, and with little air ciruculation it became hot, humid, and stuffy at times.
The main saloon
has a domed overhead, and if seated at the saloon
table you should have plenty of head room. The same with the galley
. Sorry, I don’t have exact measurements.
is low, so you will have to duck (I hit my head a few times entering or exiting the saloon to go to the cockpit). There are multiple steps to go up or down, and that can reduce the headroom near the companionway
. So you may have to hunch over there when exiting.
“pilot” or helm
seat is rather uncomfortable, with awkward placement for leg support. Each of the three people who sat there remarked that the seat design was not optimal. Knees are very close to the wheel
on the bulkhead and the seat itself has minimal support for back.
If you would like a few more observations (I won’t post here), send me an email
via the contact tab on my profile page. I hope this helps you.