Pilothouse headroom

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by whitepointer23, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    Just wondering what you designers use as a standard for headroom in a pilothouse.
     
  2. rasorinc
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    rasorinc Senior Member

    Not knowing how big your boat is I would try for 6'-6" clear. People are growing bigger every year and I have family 6'-4". Bigger is better but you have to consider proportion
    in relation to your boat size---how does it look.
     
  3. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    The boat is 35ft and can go to 7ft before it hits the boom. It won't look out of place because it will only be around the height of the dodger that is there now. I am replacing the ply roof anyway and want to extend the height of the rear cabin and take the roof back to the mizzen. The basic idea is to give a sheltered helm area like a powerboat. I would still use the tiller most of the time but have the option to get out of the weather.
     

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  4. rasorinc
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    You should have no problems at all. Please post some pictures of your work.
     
  5. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    A small boat may have less than 6' (1.83 m), simply because anything more looks awful. 6' 2" (1.88 m) is fairly common, if space is tight and 6' 4" (1.93 m) pretty standard if you can afford the visual impact. On larger craft, it's as much as you care to utilize, as the aesthetic isn't as impacted, so you can afford 7' (2.13 m) or more. There's no set rule, simply what the you can "afford" or accommodate within the restraints of the other design elements.
     
  6. RHP
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    RHP Senior Member

    I'm 6'7" and I'm totally fed up with yachts built for dwarfs. Folks are getting taller and boat designers and builders prefer to ignore this in the name of aesthetics (ie cost).
     
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    No, we're not ignoring this, we just don't like you much . . . ;)
     
  8. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    Thanks for the replys. Rhp could have one of them perspex bubbles fitted to stick his head in . 1 at the galley. 1 at the helm and 1 at the head.
     
  9. RHP
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    RHP Senior Member

    That's another point isn't, you spent half a million to a million on a new boat and have to compromise? Only in boating....
     
  10. Mr Efficiency
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    A bit of clever paintwork can compensate for an overly tall appearance, in boats if not people.
     
  11. whitepointer23

    whitepointer23 Previous Member

    You only need to bend over moving between bubbles. From the outside you would look like a big goldfish.:D
     
  12. Mr Efficiency
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    6' 10 is a standard house doorway height, from memory.
     
  13. FAST FRED
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    FAST FRED Senior Member

    Remember there are goodies in the PH roof that must be operated.

    No fun needing to find a step stool in a water way to close a vent hatch.

    Realistically mfg will build boats for the center of the height bell curve.

    If you excede the norms , a custom boat is for you.

    Was guest on an older boat called the R.H.

    Yes, it was built for R.H. Macy , the retailing giant.

    AS he was short the overhead height was barely 6 ft.

    Made him feel more comfortable.

    In the 1930's almost all wooden boats were custom built.
     
  14. RHP
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    Hey I'm all for custom boats at a normal boat price don't get me wrong....
     

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    Yobarnacle Senior Member

    Greatest hazard aboard any ship, large or small, is slips, trips, and falls.

    I'm a big believer in sit down, lay down, scoot around, but a minimum of walking around.

    I'm 6'1". Headroom on my 25 footer, in fore cabin and wheelhouse is 6'1".
    I don't mind ducking a little as I'm moving to my next seat. :D
     
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