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Just picked up on this thread.
My wife and I sailed with our three kids (10,8,and 6), from Florida to Indonesia across the Pacific.
We had VERY limited sailing experience, but read lots (especialy all the disaster stories) and studied how WE could have avoided or dealt with said disasters.
What helped immensely was that the boat we found needed some blister work, so, as it dried out (JULY and AUGUST in Florida),we lived on it and I took apart and reassembled almost everything on the boat - I picked up lots of skills and when we did have the inevitable failures in awkward locations, I was able to make the necessary repairs.
Was it worth it? - almost 20 years later, my kids still talk about the trip and what they learnt.