Hi Ken, I am new to this forum as of today.
I too am planning to cruise with kids but in my case I will be cruising with 3 teenage girls 13-15 and 17.
A cruising friend with 25 years experience says we are nuts!
He went on at lenght at how distructive this venture is "a parents dream is a teens nightmare etc....
He doesn't have kids so I will take his comments with a "grain of salt"
I want to prove him wrong! I am hoping that our life experience so far will give us a little advantage somehow.
We live on a tiny Island of 350 people. We lived in 40 foot trailer for 8 years while we built our house. My kids also went a one room school for 8 years with a class of 14 -20 students.
They have always had common friends in a variety of ages or no close friends at all when winter hits.
Tiny Islands are a great place to raise children but a dismal place to raise teens. My girls have thier own skiff and spend most of the summer exploring the shorelines and tiny islets.
We moved temporily this year to have our girls attend a regular highschool - interesting transition ( that's another thread)
To prepare them for cruising we a planning to have them take dive courses and participate in the youth sailing races near by.
We have not officially bought our boat yet, although my Husband is looking a boat tomorrow in El Salvador.
We thought it may be easier to start off closer to where we wanted to be ( Caribbean) than to sail from here.
Choosing a boat has proven to be an interesting experience ya
gotta love that yachtworld.com
I looked around trying to imagine the 5 of us fitting in a variety of cabin layouts. We started by looking at Pearson 42's too small, and then Peterson 44 I really wanted each girl to have thier own space without having to make up a bed everynight in the salon.
Our budget kept getting bigger.
Reluctantly, We started to examine the charter types; Jeaneau, Beneteaus, and Hunters. The Hunters remided me of Winnabagos
We finally opted for a 50 foot Beneteau (someone pinch me)
I never would of dreamed of owning a 50 foot boat never mind a Beneteau. Does this mean I am a yuppie?
Lynda Poirier Thetis Island, British Columbia