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Comfort, space and economy aren't really compatible traits. Anything with good space and comfort, will tend to be more expensive... anything with economy in mind will generally not be spacious or comfortable.
There are plenty of boats that fit your description, but it would really help if you said what your budget was. If your budget is $10,000, well, then you're probably SOL... if your budget is $100,000, well, then you've got some options, and if your budget is $1,000,000 then you've really got some choices.
I'd also recommend you read the post in my signature, since your opening post is pretty much a perfect example of a lousy opening post. It blows chunks...
As for learning about the difference between monohulls and multihullls, I've written quite a few posts on it and a search for them will turn them up. A good book to get is Chris White's The Cruising Multihull.
Also, how old are the family members. If they are 1 and 3, then they're really not going to be much help...and if they're 10 and 15, then you've got some possibilities as having them as crew.
Finally, I would highly recommend you get some sailing skills before attempting to buy a boat. I'd also recommend that you sail on as many boats as possible to get a better idea of what you are looking for in a boat.
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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.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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