Originally Posted by bobconnie
Gee! Maybe all those Fiberglass boats out there going from country to country are Stupid ?? I really believe that by this time you know better then to ask a question like this one!! The material is not all that makes a boat !! Untill you have done some REAL looking you will never know whats right for you and yours! I truely believe you should hire someone with real knowlage in the area of open ocean cruiseing, to help you with looking at some boats closer to where you are, and maybe he will be able to point out to you the plus's and minus's of some cruiseing boats !! Seems to me and others that you have been wasting your time with your hunt! Till ya get a REAL Idea about what ya need then your gonna keep on wasteing your time! and think about the time your gonna waste if you find out your kids hate it or get sick at sea !! Just sayin you need to do some real work toward your golds, and be able to make choice based on knowage not dreams!! Just sayin I still think your trolling !!
Just my 2 cents
Originally Posted by eyschulman
My two cents. Keep your land home(day job) and buy a 35 foot power or sail boat of modest price. Use it for two to four years extending your time aboard from day trips to months and keep reading and doing boat stuff. Then you may wake up some day knowing if you should go big boat full time with five kids. It certainly can be done but there is a learning curve and jumping in may be more of a cliff than a curve. You can gain lots of information from this site including major bias and disagreement there is no end to discussion and dispute regarding steel-aluminum-wood glass-cement structure and all the variations. You will have to build some personal experience to decide what is or is not for you.
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I tried to persuade GG of this on her custom boat thread... not interested. Sometimes you can see the accident
waiting to happen, and you just know the person is so set on their course that no amount of advice will help them!
GalaxyGirl, people here can see that if you don't know what material you want your boat to be built from then it's a bit worrying that you seem to be about to buy a 70' powerboat. I read your seasickness blog post with interest. No, I don't think taking your kids out on a high speed powerboat for half an hour in calm water
is a great seasickness test, for reasons that you should already know if you're on the point of buying
a massive boat and moving your family
aboard! Neither is going out on a big tourist boat, and you would realise this if you knew how boats worked. It is sort of in the mind, but not in the way you think. I can tell you, I was really surprised the first time I got seasick, which sort of explains how positive my mindset was - and it didn't help a bit! One of the best ways of preventing/dealing with seasickness does, I suppose, work 'mentally' - but it's not the sort of 'I won't get seasick' brain game
stuff you're thinking of. Get on the water
and you will realise that staying busy is one of the best things to do. Good luck trying to keep 5 kids busy on a big powerboat (no sails
to play with) which you can't handle yourself (hired skipper
doing all the stuff for you).
As we keep trying to tell you, experience is key here. You can't learn about this from the internet
. Buy a weeks powerboating course on a boat around the 40' mark. Experience some rough weather
. Experience some tricky situations. Get to know what living on a boat is like for you and your kids. Once you've done that, get back to us. Until then, you're just sounding a bit silly and naive. Unless this is all an elaborate troll... i'm beginning to wonder... surely there isn't anyone out there foolish enough to think they can set out on a new life on a boat without having spent any time with their family