Thanks so much for all your insight and yes I have read Voyage of the Northen Magic, loved it. I guess we may be pushing ourselves, the reason we are is our oldest son is going to be 11 and if we didn't do it soon, he would not want to be stuck on a boat with his parents through his high school years. We were planning to move to Australia first and live on a boat there and sail. Then we wanted our kids to experience more travelling on teh sail boat and gain a world of experiences, so that is why were were thinking of changing our plans and so that they could all be with us. But maybe we should just go there and get experience and maybe not have the chance to do it with the kids, which is what my husband really wants to do but at what risk. Maybe it will be just something he and I will do ........