Considering the size of your family, you'd probably be far better off with a mid-30's catamaran, than a monohull 40' LOA. There'd be a lot more space for the four children and two adults... and the fact that the boat doesn't heel like a monohull would be a point in its favor. A lot of catamarans will have two smaller staterooms forward and a larger master stateroom aft...
Some good choices would be:
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