help with lifes dream
The thing to consider when you hear opinions on cruising catamarans is how much experince the opinion giver has cruising on catamarans personally.
We have been doing it for 6 years and it was our first "real boat". She was a kind and forgiving teacher and a safe and sturdy cruiser. Cats make alot of sense for long term, family cruising like you plan to do.
Without going into a dissertation... considering your cruising goals and family size, take a look at a used St. Francis 44 cat. I don''t know your budget and such... but we just moved up from our dear PDQ36 (which we loved!) to a St. Francis 44 with the pending arrival of our first child in 4 weeks! They are strong, fast, sturdy, and incredibly roomy for a fmaily! We have been thrilled to find out that they are easy to handle too despite the big step up in size from the 36.
Do your homework, follow your heart, and I hope to see you out there!