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Wow ..... OK so you don't want to answer it but the "why" question is valid.
Nonetheless .... How ?
..... much time have you and your family ever spent on a boat ?
Family of four .... probably a centre cockpit or at least something with a spacious aft cabin and a useable forward cabin. I wouldn't even consider it in less than 45 - 50 feet. Our boat is 42' and the idea of shoehorning two kids into her on a permanent basis gives me the heeby jeebies. btw ... two kids ... one of each or both same sex ? If one of each then you need three sleeping cabins whereas two of same, presuming they are vaguely compatible, could possibly co-exist in the same cabin. Mind you at that age in the same cabin ? Erk.
You see the thing is this. Liveaboard and off cruising are not the same thing. Liveaboard means going to work or school every day. Means having clothes suitable for public consumption, laundered and pressed. Means school books, computers and all that gumph. If your house is even half way spacious, you are really going to notice the loss of facility and they will probably go out of their minds. Your house btw, it is of course as neat as a pin ?
Cruising or even just liveaboard for the summer months, otoh, is a different kettle of fish. Leaving home temporarily to essentially "camp" on the boat. In these cases, unless you have a big budget and and even bigger boat, you have to make allowances but you make them cheerfully because the lifestyle is worth the sacrifice of some comfort and the winter clothes can still be stored at home. Here, all you need are a few pairs of shorts and some lurid shirts. To hell with pressing, though the odd launder won't hurt.
The great wise man, the Searer of Dock VI, really sums it up on his blog. Do have a read.
Soooo ..... going cruising ? Go for it provided, and it is a big proviso, the rest of your mob are keen. Liveaboard ?
Not so much enthusiasm from my perspective.
All in all, tell us what you really have in mind. People here do have the experience and the enthusiam for the lifestyle but don't expect the answers to all be sugar coated.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
“Life is a trick, and you get one chance to learn it.”
― Terry Pratchett.