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Old 02-07-2018, 08:40 AM   #1
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Good boats for a fat guy

Ahoy Meaties,

Iíve been looking at boats again lately. Iíve found that many are just too small and cramped for me, or rather, Iím too big for them.

I was aboard a Mainship 390 a few days ago, and had to turn sideways and really squeeze to get into the head and guest stateroom. I only just fit through the shower door.

Iíve felt the same way aboard every Grand Banks 36 and 42 Iíve been aboard. Those side doors would have me stubbing my toes and hitting my head every time.

I do realize that losing weight would literally solve 98.549% of all problems I have with this, and in fact the rest of my life, but I havenít managed to do that yet. I will, but I havenít yet.

I donít want this thread to turn into weight loss advice. Rather, Iím wondering if there are any boats out there in the 39-45í range that are more open and big guy friendly. Boats that donít feel like theyíve done all they can to shoehorn as many amenities as possible into the space, comfort be damned.

Any thoughts?
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:49 AM   #2
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Ahoy Meaties,

I’ve been looking at boats again lately. I’ve found that many are just too small and cramped for me, or rather, I’m too big for them.

I was aboard a Mainship 390 a few days ago, and had to turn sideways and really squeeze to get into the head and guest stateroom. I only just fit through the shower door.

I’ve felt the same way aboard every Grand Banks 36 and 42 I’ve been aboard. Those side doors would have me stubbing my toes and hitting my head every time.

I do realize that losing weight would literally solve 98.549% of all problems I have with this, and in fact the rest of my life, but I haven’t managed to do that yet. I will, but I haven’t yet.

I don’t want this thread to turn into weight loss advice. Rather, I’m wondering if there are any boats out there in the 39-45’ range that are more open and big guy friendly. Boats that don’t feel like they’ve done all they can to shoehorn as many amenities as possible into the space, comfort be damned.

Any thoughts?
The answer to your query is buy a houseboat. Many large boaters in KY, MO, OH enjoy the heck out of these vessels.
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:21 AM   #3
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NOT a Navigator. Even at 6'x250#, our shower is still too small. Washing my feet is more of an act of faith. The rest of the boat is ok-ish. Big rear door (see below), high ceilings, and wide hallways. They just have small bathrooms and showers (especially).

Look out for some of the old trawlers with the sliding side doors too. That is one of the reasons we sold our last boat. We wanted a full-size door for me to get in and out easily. Stepping into that boat was really just a controlled fall. The new boat has a full sliding cockpit door.

A Tollycraft might be a poor choice too. Small side doors and a sorta step-down hatch from the sundeck.

Californians are similar to the Tollys except your "pinch point" is going to be the wing doors off the aft sundeck moving forward. Them things be SKINNY!

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Old 02-07-2018, 09:46 AM   #5
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The answer to your query is buy a houseboat. Many large boaters in KY, MO, OH enjoy the heck out of these vessels.

My knee jerk reaction was Ďmeh... theyíre ugly. I donít want a houseboat...í but then I thought, Ďscrew it, Iíve never even looked at one. Why not have a peek.í

Within seconds, I found a boat that has everything on my wish list. Itís ugly, and is completely balsa cored, but otherwise itís perfect.

Definitely worth further research. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:49 AM   #6
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NOT a Navigator. Even at 6'x250#, our shower is still too small. Washing my feet is more of an act of faith. The rest of the boat is ok-ish. Big rear door (see below), high ceilings, and wide hallways. They just have small bathrooms and showers (especially).

Look out for some of the old trawlers with the sliding side doors too. That is one of the reasons we sold our last boat. We wanted a full-size door for me to get in and out easily. Stepping into that boat was really just a controlled fall. The new boat has a full sliding cockpit door.

A Tollycraft might be a poor choice too. Small side doors and a sorta step-down hatch from the sundeck.

Californians are similar to the Tollys except your "pinch point" is going to be the wing doors off the aft sundeck moving forward. Them things be SKINNY!

Good luck.


Iím glad Iím not the only one whoís had issues with this sort of thing. It seems like even the svelte among us must be bothered by some of these skinny boats from time to time.

This is all good information, thank you!
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Defever 44 would be a perfect choice IMHO.
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Old 02-07-2018, 10:47 AM   #8
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Six-three and 280 lbs. w/bad knees. Size matters! And good luck. Our '84 FuHwa Europa-styled sedan is pretty good mostly. The shower is a laugh, and I barely fit through the various doors below.
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At 5 11 and 270 I have license.. Portland Pudgy?

My Present is good.. EXCLUDING the engine room.
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A list of desirable features would be a single deck, no ladders and as few stairs as possible. A walk around queen berth would be good to have as well as looking for good access to the head. I am not so sure you should be worried about the shower: most marina showers are pretty decent and all are much larger than any boat might have. Wide side decks with solid hand holds if railings are lacking, etc. much of this would make any size boater happier IMHO!
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We met some folks a few years ago on an Eagle 40. They weren't small by any means and got around the boat pretty good. They loved it. We checked out the interior and I remember it feeling "open" for a boat of that size.

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I think the boat suggestions would also need to make sure there is ample access to the engine(s) and generator (if equipped). Some boats seem to have access only for little people.

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I think the boat suggestions would also need to make sure there is ample access to the engine(s) and generator (if equipped). Some boats seem to have access only for little people.

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Defever 44 would be a perfect choice IMHO.

Iíve been coveting these a lot lately. Iíve never been aboard one, but Iíd really like to check one out. That engine room is no joke.
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At 5 11 and 270 I have license.. Portland Pudgy?

My Present is good.. EXCLUDING the engine room.


How about a Fatty Knees?? Lol
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:23 PM   #16
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A list of desirable features would be a single deck, no ladders and as few stairs as possible. A walk around queen berth would be good to have as well as looking for good access to the head. I am not so sure you should be worried about the shower: most marina showers are pretty decent and all are much larger than any boat might have. Wide side decks with solid hand holds if railings are lacking, etc. much of this would make any size boater happier IMHO!

A decent separate shower is on my must have list. I want to be able to anchor out for extended periods and not have to rely on shoreside facilities for that.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:26 PM   #17
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We met some folks a few years ago on an Eagle 40. They weren't small by any means and got around the boat pretty good. They loved it. We checked out the interior and I remember it feeling "open" for a boat of that size.

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I agree. Iíve been aboard one of these, and I really liked the layout. I definitely prefer the raised pilothouse setup.
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Wayfarer, 6'4" huh, but what's widest girth?

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