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Hey! My wife and I have decided we are going to move aboard a boat with our kids and homeschool them for a few years. The boys are 2yrs old and 4yrs old.

We've only sailed on charters and never owned a boat of our own so we are looking for some advice on what to get! We went to the Miami boat show yesterday to size out some boats and found that we would easily fit inside a Beneteau 45 or a Jeanneau 41 (Not sure why, but the Jeanneau felt *much* roomier). These were both 2016 model so not sure if this knowledge transfers to older models.

Our price range is around $200,000. We only need 2 bedrooms but we do need space for a watermaker, generator, air compressor, and surface area for a few solar panels.

What style boats/boat makers would you recommend we look at? The boat should be friendly for the ICW be able to be single handed since one of us will most likely be tending to the kids.

We currently live in Pompano Beach Florida and will mostly be sailing around South Florida and the surrounding islands.
 

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Yeah, there are a lot of docks specifically for liveaboards in my area. I'm in Pompano Beach which is just north of Fort Lauderdale. They are basically the cost of housing out here but they are plentiful :)

Neither of us are teachers but we are both well educated people and one of the reasons we are looking at home schooling is because of our experience with pre-school with our 4 year old. We are currently in one of the best preschools in our area (which costs a ton!) and its no where near what we want for our kids education. Traditional education is a disaster... but obviously that is a discussion for another time. Lets talk sailing!

The reason we've set our limit at $200k is because we want a buffer for upgrades, fixes, and unexpected costs. We know we'll most likely be adding a water maker, generator, and solar panels at a minimum so we know we are in for a good $10-20k before we even do unknowns. The first year we are living on the boat we'll both still have full time jobs. We don't plan on quitting until we've worked out most of the unknowns. We've heard the first year is the most expensive so we don't want to burn any savings during it.
 

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Re: Cruising with a family of 4!T

Thanks! I'll run through that list and see if anything catches my eye.

Are there specific makes/models that are known to be great for liveaboard/cruising?
 
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