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By family, what do you mean? You and your wife? You, your wife, four children, her brother, and his two kids??? It matters... how many people would you day sail with? How many people would you overnight with???
To give you an idea of what I mean, my friend has a C&C 38 which he describes as "sails 6, feeds 4 and sleeps 2..." While the boat can actually sleep eight IIRC—two in the aft quarter berth, one each on the settees and pilot berths port and starboard, and two in the v-berth... it certainly isn't feasible to have that many people aboard for more than a single night. The cockpit can't really fit more than six people comfortably. He says the galley isn't large enough to prepare food for more than four people easily.
Also, what's your budget?? I generally recommend that you reserve 15-20% of your actual total boat buying budget for refitting, upgrading and modifying the boat you're buying. Most first time boat buyers don't realize that a boat isn't like a car, and generally needs some customization to best suit the way you're going to use it.
BTW, if you can find a Cherubini Hunter 27 or 33, they'd be a better bet than the Hunter 31 you're looking at now IMHO, and far more seaworthy.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
óCpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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