If you hate Alameda, why would you keep the house there? Sell it, invest the money, and skim a bit of the interest to play with the kid in exotic places???
What about GF's career makes it impossible to be a fulltime liveaboard? We've lived aboard a 33' year-round for 5 years now while I work as a Washington bureaucrat ...
GEORGE BUSH! IS THAT YOU??? YOU GET OFF OF OUR FORUM! HAHA! Just kidding Eryka.
Well, BF, you already know how I feel (smile).
I will say to live your life for what makes you happy and the kiddo happy (and GF too). If that is a house, it is a house. If a boat, a boat. FOr me it was a boat.
Crazy, but I find that the boat is one of the few places that I can truly relax and escape. I don't even have to leave the slip. About the second both feet are on the dock, my shoulders drop down out of my ears, I smile, I laugh, and a lot of the worlds problems are "at my back".
I like the idea of the boat because it is close to nature and gives you more freedom than any other form of 'trasportation' or escape. It is my place and where I feel at home. That attitude rubs off on my wife and my kids, and in such, we all find ourselves happier and distanced from the problems of land life.
It is not neccessarily the boat. Others may find this in a plane, or RV, or motorcycle. Each person must figure that one out for themselves. And make sure whatever you do that the boat you get, should you choose that option, is a comfortable LIVEABOARD boat. THat is soooo important. More people are burnt out of cruising because their boat is a shoebox than anything else I know of (with storms being a close second).