What makes a good family cruiser boat?
Hi - I''''m not sure exactly how to phrase my question but here goes. My husband loves to sail and has had quite a few different racing boats, sizes range from 14 ft to 30 ft. I''ve gone along for the ride but am not, and don''t imagine I ever will be (though I could surprise myself someday) be a racer. We have a toddler and a baby on the way soon.
He would like to buy a racer/cruiser and is looking at a few different kinds. He''s interested in what my top priorities are for such a boat. In my head and with no real experience to guide me I think of things like:
1) easy to sail both technically and people-wise
2) comfortable to be down below
3) head with door and shower
4) two or three cabins, enough sleeping room for 6-8 people with some privacy (?)
5) outfitted kitchen, salon, etc.
Again, these are ideals. But what I''d really like to hear are some real life criteria that make a boat good for a family to spend time on. We''re basically talking, at this point, about day sails and weekend overnight type stuff . . . not sailing around the world.
So, tell me, what makes a good racer/cruiser good for a family to hang out on?