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Just read your thread. Wow! Sounds like a lot of fun.
Some things I have found that will make it more enjoyable:
1) Get on these sites and others and see if you can track down other boats with kids. Not too many of us, I will have to say. But, it is easier for the kids and the parents. Incidentally, we found our best friends in the world on a boat.
2) Medication, medication, medication (I am assuming you are not a physician). Man, I cannot stress this enough. If you can find a doc that is familiar with boating and cruising, that is perfect. However, it is not easy. Some things that come in off the top of my mind are an Epipen junior (and reg Epipen), a variety of antibiotics (in the dry form for the kiddo). You can order the antibiotics from your pharmacist dry under doc script and you only have to add water. Ear drops. Albuterol breathing machine. I prefer albuterol over Sepracors Xopenex because the side effects can actually be positive (other than making your kiddo wild). It is great for bronchial infections (even if your child does not have asthma)
Go ahead and buy your offshore medical kit. It comes with a list of all of the meds you need and has good thoughts. Take it to your pediatrician and discuss it with him for good toddler alternatives. Spend a lot of time getting familiar with them. PS DO NOT BUY THEM UNTIL RIGHT BEFORE YOU ARE GOING TO GO OFF. Most have a shelf life of one year... but that can be reduced in a boat.
3) Plan a lot of short trips versus long trips. Kids get pretty bored pretty quick. Also, make sure your child does not get easily sea sick.
We will be back in the Fort Myers, Florida area pretty soon. If you are ever in "town", let us know. I have a 2 and 6 year old. Maybe we could all meet. Just PM me for address.