Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Gloucester, NC
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I did weekending with my two children and their father when the kids were smallish. Three kids would have overwhelmed the sleeping quarters.
My husband's 30' sloop here in CA would have worked easily for coastal weekends. If any of you want a classic plastic that's cheap, just walk the docks in the CA Delta and pick up an abandoned boat in need of rescue. M. got his 25 footer--I'm sorry, I'm having a senior moment trying to remember the builder, but Tania Aebi circimnavigated in a 27 footer of the same make--for a couple of hundred dollars. It needed work to the tune of about $2000. But it wasn't good for a family--it was fast, but not roomy. With all his kids, step-kids, and grandkids, he needed more room, so he moved up to 30' for $2500. That boat didn't need anything except a prettier tiller and new cushion covers. He had years of fun on it and there was sleeping room for 2 adults in the v-berth, and could, with ingenuity, accomodate three kids in the salon. We sold both of these on ebay, and their new owners are thrilled.
I'm just suggesting, Jack, that your first boat with kids doesn't have to be the perfect boat. If you don't spend much, you can have fun with it, then trade it in for something else.
Now that we're heading offshore, we have a huge boat. There must be a reason that it's so big. Maybe because we'll be having guests? I hope. My father and his wife sailed their Hinckley Bermuda 40 all over the Caribbean. Did they ever invite any of us? Nope. Not enough room they said.
I guess I never wanted to say that. Our boat has two salons (one's a pilothouse) and three sleeping cabins, plus two heads. So, kids, come. And bring the grandkids. And their friends.