I'm with Sailingbeagles about the "required" space. My wife and I are getting to the end of our first season owning a 33 footer. We're considering the idea of just taking off on this boat. We've noticed that we adults are the ones with the "need more space" concern, the kids don't really care (or ours are unable to articulate it, since they're only 3 and a half and 10 months old).
In particular, I'm the one who's most scared about the lack of space. My wife has the ability to adjust to whatever situation she puts herself in. I'm definitely less flexible.
I'd venture to say that most of the people here have had to share a bedroom with a sibling while growing up. Was it unmanageable? Or did we just deal with it as a fact of life? That's what kids are great at; they adjust. And we grown-ups can adjust as well, we just need to work at it on a more conscious level. We also need to make sure we don't inject these "necessities" into our kids, especially if we plan to spend a few years cruising.
If we could afford a 40-foot catamaran
, we'd definitely buy one. But we can't, so, like everyone else, we'll cruise
on the boat that best suits our plan given our budget
Sailcharleston, have you looked at any boats with quarterberths on both sides? We've seen a few, all between 36 and 40 feet long. It doesn't give kids a cabin
, but a lot can be achieved with curtains. We've also considered the idea of giving the kids the v-berth, but in that case we'd like to have a decent-sized quarterberth or even an aft cabin
. I would love to be able to walk
around the bed
we sleep in, at least on one side of it.
Moving a bit higher in the budget
, the Gemini 105
or 3400 are great for a family
of 4, with their 2 aft cabins and a master cabin on the bridgedeck. There's a lot of used ones on yachtworld right now. Bridgedeck clearance seems to be the big issue with these ones, as well as seaworthiness. But I always say we'll be able to get to Colombia
from the Great Lakes
doing coastal cruising almost exclusively, and with passages so short that weather
windows will be (should be?) accurate enough.
Now I'm off to buy a lottery ticket