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SC, love your idea.
Realize that you have to find someone to live with close to your sailing base that can and will keep your babies (that you trust) for you when you are at sea. On deliveries, unless you are on a private yacht and you have the okay from the owner (which is highly unlikely) you will not be able to take the dogs. And please realize that, once on a private yacht, the destination can change at the whim of the owner, thus the time away can change. You don''t say where you live, but if it is anywhere near the coast in the south east, finding someone should not be hard.
I am 38. I did this for 14 years, until I was about 34, but I never had the babies to worry about. Okay, I did have a parakeet, Bubba, for a few years, but I succeeded in sneaking him aboard and back and forth on the airlines. And was content to be godmother to my friends'' dogs when on land. Now I am landlocked and have a cocker spaniel of my own, who has been out on many a daysail, he''s a go-with-flow kinda guy, like my goddog cocker Joe.
I have known many women like you, and younger, who have made this work. Find someone you trust to keep your babies and go for it, if that''s what you want.
Anyway, the fact is, you can do this, you just have to find someone who will take care of the kids. Makes me wish I still had my apartment in Little River. (Oh, but then I wouldn''t have moved here, gone thru a horrid marriage, and divorce, to a drunk and gotten my dog.) Oh, my little cocker is worth all of it, who am I kidding!
If I can be of any more nonsensical help, please post again. Otherwise, you can do it if you want. Just make sure you trust the person taking care of the guys.
Best of Luck,