Our first sailboat was a Shark 24 - a BC built one by Beaver Glass. We started sailing in the windy waters of upper Howe Sound and she was very good to us.
As mentioned, cabin space is minimal and since our son's imminent arrival was soon to come we quickly moved up to another "Great Lakes" boat, a Viking 28 which we sailed and loved for 10 years. OTOH years ago a young couple sailed a Shark to Australia from BC, with a toddler on board.. so there you go. Canadian Tony Lush sailed a modified Shark (added a foot to make the 25' limit) in the mini Transat in the early 80s, so they've been out there!
There's a Shark for sale in Silva Bay right now - looks in decent shape and may be worth looking into.
Happy to welcome another BC-er to the board!
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)