and cats, as long as they have nice flat decks, then you're doing well. Our son is 6, our daughter 3 months, and they've never known anything but a catamaran
. The FPs also have their engines aft in seperate compartments, and that's a nice plus not having antifreeze
spilling around in the living compartment when you're doing engine maintenance
. It's also nice to know that should you blow an engine
hose and your kids
are asleep in the cabins while underway they are not in immediate danger
from the smoke and fumes venting inside the boat. That's not a small plus in my mind.
But more important with kids are rules that everyone on all boats live by with kids, life jackets on deck
underway or at dock
up to a certain age (which you determine). If the rule
is like gravity there's minimal whining. BTW, you'll find that the kids you have to worry about the most about aren't your own, but your friends kids who aren't familiar with boats. Have extra life jackets in kids sizes for them as well and have them wear them on the dock
or on the deck
. From our experience, we've had two friends kids fall through the hatches (they didn't know the screens weren't a solid surface), the life jackets protected them against injury. We've also had two friends kids fall off the boat and swim platform (spinning around too quickly, leaning over too far to look at crabs, etc).