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What makes a good family cruiser boat?
I think that it is interesting that most of the responses to your post have been from men. It''s kind of funny to me when people try to tell you how much space and entertainment options you need for your children. It has been my experience that every family is different and I have yet to see a one size fits all solution for every family. I am not knocking their responses (well actually, I guess I am a little...sorry) but your question as I understand it was what you should look for in a family cruiser. I think the idea of going to the boat shows is very good as it gives you the opportunity to see a large range of boats and is easier to compare layouts etc. I would like to suggest that you look at Hunters or Catalinas (this is sure to bring alarm to some of the bluewater guys as they seem to believe that these boats are deathtraps on the water :-) These boats are great for families and are well suited for the type of sailing that you are talking about doing. The newer Henderson design Hunters are easy to handle and quite fast to boot! (Your husband might like that) As far as layouts go, there are very few boats that will meet your requirements more closely.) As far as the equipment and safety factor is concerned you will find that well respected companies such as Harken, Lewmar, Seldon, etc are well represented on these boats. Many people refer to these boats as condos on the water but in a lot of ways, what''s wrong with that? I can say that if that is true, here in the Chesapeake there are a lot of "Condo" owners who are loving life at 7+ knots! :-) Good luck on your search, I hope whatever you decide on brings much joy to your family.