Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
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I am going to swim against the tide here (as I tend to do)... but I would argue the cockpit of my 22 footer is bigger than most 30 footers. I can sail (and have) with 5 adults aboard, and have not even thought twice about it (make sure to have safety equipment for each person aboard).
Do as others have said... hop a few boats (as volunteer crew), and see what you like and don't before you buy... Or hell, just buy cheap, so upgrading is easy.
Now having a decent below-decks is handy (25 foot range and better). With kids it gives them a place to duck out and go play... It comes down to how you are going to sail. Expect some kids to love it, others not so much.
I've been sailing since I was 5 or so... gave it up for years, and picked it up for real recently (last 4 years or so). I have ALWAYS had that love of the water, and bigger and bigger sails.
Welcome aboard. Oh and congratulations... that feeling of wanting to sail, starts around December, and doesn't let up until about November, the following year. There are a few cold days that turn you off to sailing sometimes, then it starts all over.
The butterflies of excitement build as you learn to do bigger and bigger sails (meaning larger longer trips)... and learn to sail heavier and heavier winds.