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Re: Another Boat Buying Thread
Hate to rain on anyone's parade, but I don't think your perfect world is possible (or even close, really) on a 50k budget. You've got a shot at your reality scenario, I think, but you'll have to compromise.
You didn't say how old your son is, but there are plenty of mid thirty footers with generously sized pilots berths that could be turned into a "no grown ups allowed" cave for a kid. That would relieve you of the two cabin requirement. Cape Dory 36 was not on your list but I bet one could be had and made ready for close to 50k.
Final thought, if it was me, I wouldn't cut ties and commit a young family to a three year cruise. I'd do a summer first and then probably try six months out and see how it goes, but that's just me.