Originally Posted by CPseudonym
I see in the photo's what your talking about Marin but offer this. I'm just under 6' and did not feel at all cramped for headroom while standing in the pilot house of the Coot last week.
I came away from my visit with Mark feeling that photographs really fail to do this boat justice IMO.
I certainly agree that photos more often than not do a lousy job of portraying reality. Our own boat is a great example. In pictures it looks great. Seen in person it's a 40-year old, crappy-looking beater boat thanks largely to the California sun that did in the gelcoat over its first 25 years. That and the fact that our increasingly busy lives are not giving us as much time to look after it cosmetically that we've had in years past. We still use the boat as much as ever so it isn't being neglected, we just haven't had the time the last few years to spend on the brightwork and other things like that. And the music and writing projects we've taken on are not going to make that situation any better. So it's a great boat to photograph from about 50 feet back.
Any closer and it looks like hell and it looks like it's going to be that way for at least the next two or three years.
I'm 6' 3" so I don't know how I'd find the Coot's pilothouse. I will say, however, that in the photos I've seen of the interior of the Coot it seems a rather dark boat inside, particularly the pilothouse. Perhaps that's a function of the small pilothouse windows, I don't know. The aforementioned Coot in our marina has the same dark feel inside, so perhaps it's just the nature of the beast.