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    Posted: 28 May 13 at 9:53am
As the subject line asks? Would I be too tall for a Contender at 6'3"?
 
I've always wanted a Contender and I'm thinking of scratching that itch later this year once my broken hand feels strong enough. However, I'm concerned by comments around the low boom and wonder if I'm going to struggle with it given my height. I guess I need to give one a test sail to really know.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote catmandoo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 13 at 10:55am
nope , wick mc ready was way taller than my 6'2" , one thing i did notice though they dont like weight , suprisingly 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote hollandsd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 13 at 12:32pm
I'm 6ft1 and have no issues with the low boom....let the kicker off......

Theres another guy at my club whos taller than me and a fair bit heavier and has no issues and is quick.

P.s mines still up for sale.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Neptune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 13 at 1:28pm
In most trapeze boats height helps, its much more effective that a hiking boat at really getting the power down imo.  The downsides comes in manoeuvres when your potentially less agile in the boat.  Try a contender and see how you get on, but if you want to trapeze and find it too cramped you could always try a 600, 700 or a Musto as they are all more generous when it comes to moving around.
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I used to sail a contender in the early nineties at 6ft 3" i did not have a problem with the boom then
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Thanks. I guess the important thing is to get in one and try it for size. I always knew that height is a good thing on the wire. More concerned about having to push myself through a letterbox on every tack!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Contender443 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 13 at 9:49am
Go to a Contender open meeting and you will not feel out of place with your height.

So no problem, go on give it a go.
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Being 6'1" and having owned 2 previous Contenders - 541 and 651 - I would say go for it, especially if you are the lighter end of the scale for a 6+ footer.
That said, I was the better part of 16 stone when I had mine (13.5 now) and while I was conscious I was too heavy to trap in the light stuff, I came into my own in the heavy
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