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Re: Gulfstar 37 for liveaboard cruising?
You can certainly make 92G work. In reality, with that particular boat, you can strap on a 4+ gerry cans to increase 112 or better. Plus, with a watermaker, you can work through many of your water issues when in a place where you can make water. But that is the issue with the water maker: You have to be in a place where you can make it. For example, if you come down to the Keys like Marathon (Book Key Harbor) or Key West, I would not make water here. Now water is available, and some people do make water in this harbor, but I wouldn't. SO you may find yourself hauling water regardless.
With work and coservation, you should be able to get down to about 2.4 gallons/day/person. THat is about what we burn. With real conservation, we can cut that number in half (and have done that), but that gives you a good ballpark.
The things to look for in a boat are storage, storage, and storage. Especially with younger kids, many of their toys are bulky. You will also be carrying a lot of kids books which are fantastic and fun for them to entertain themselves on the long, boring days and nights. Think about how you will secure them in for storms (where they will sleep) and above all ventilation. When you com down here, it gets HOT and often the breezes are very light in the summer months. Kids seems especially susceptible to heat (my youngest breaks out in a rash).
Anyways, those are a few thoughts off the top of my head.