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my liveaboard plan

looking for advice

whats the smallest sailboat a family 2adults 2kids 14 and 2 ,could reasonable live and cruise on.
was looking at pix of a dufour 31, which has 2 aft cabins.
plans is to head for the med for a few years, uk based at the moment,
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Re: my liveaboard plan

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looking for advice

whats the smallest sailboat a family 2adults 2kids 14 and 2 ,could reasonable live and cruise on.
was looking at pix of a dufour 31, which has 2 aft cabins.
plans is to head for the med for a few years, uk based at the moment,
Hiya Crazy, I am UK based also.

I would think you want to be looking at something bigger than 31ft
I am looking for something for myself and the cat and the smallest boat that I could find that I think I will be comfortable on is a 37ft.

IMHO (and I am very much a newbie to this kind of sailing) you want to be looking at 36ft at least.

What kind of budget do you have in mind?
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Re: my liveaboard plan

I don't think there are enough uniform characteristics of needs and behaviors among people to allow this question to have any accurate answer, but I'll share what worked for us. When we lived aboard from the time our children were infants to the age of seven and nine we were comfortable on a 33' boat, but when they were older, through their teenage years, we all needed more space. With the difference in ages between your children, you might not need as much space. We always found it important for any individual of the family to be able to find a small separate space for independent activity. An enclosed cockpit and thoughtful use of deck space can add much. Just as the needs of families are not alike, the boats of the same length are not alike. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Re: my liveaboard plan

I've found the 33 Morgan Out Island is ideally suited for two people, but with older children, teens, the 41 seems much better suited. I agree with CaptainForce -- everyone needs some private space of their own, regardless of how small. Also, you must keep in mind that the Morgan Out Island series provides a huge amount of living space in comparison to other manufacturers of boats of the same size. The 41 Morgan Out Island is immense in comparison to my 33 O.I.. I looked at one in Virginia a couple years ago, but it needed a lot of work to make it seaworthy again so I passed on it. And, because I'm single-handing more often than not, I decided the 33 would be a better choice for me.

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I cant even begin to imagine a family of 4 living on my 37 Morgan O/I! I guess to each their own....I`m sure most people cant imagine how someone could live on a boat at all! You really need to do some shopping to see what fits for you and bring the crew to make sure they are happy before making any decisions..
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Re: my liveaboard plan

Paul Howard and Fiona McCall did a 6 year circumnavigation of a 28 foot steel junk. And have the books to prove it.

All in the Same Boat: Amazon.ca: Fiona McCall, Paul Howard: Books All in the Same Boat: Amazon.ca: Fiona McCall, Paul Howard: Books



There are some others in the series; Still in the Same Boat.

You might also look at Liza Copeland's books (
Amazon.com: Just Cruising, A Family Travels the World : Europe to Australia (9780969769002): Liza Copeland: Books Amazon.com: Just Cruising, A Family Travels the World : Europe to Australia (9780969769002): Liza Copeland: Books


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Three boys, 38 foot boat, 6 year circumnavigation.
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