the last posting
before mine IS DEAD ON THE MARK.
CHARTER a RENTAL for 1-2 wks & MAKE SURE THE "Admiral" AND the Kiddies are on board with Your Agenda. It MATTERS MUCH before You go sinking 100k in to a "dream".
1 thing is for absolute certain...You'll find out whether they love it or hate it pretty quickly doing nothing more than port hopping and day sailing
w/the "experiment". Shopping
, heck EVERYTHING takes on an entirely different perspective, even in CLOSE TO HOME, Ports
, the meet & greet/brunch/dinners among Your "neighbors" as liveaboards, etc.
It'll also give You a GR8 Feel for the things You'll NEED (like bikes, rental car, etc.) At Those Ports
of Call abroad. Folks (who don't liveaboard
, WITH KIDDIES, or Cruise
Extensively) forget the benefit of things like the W&D right out there in the LAUNDRY
ROOM now...and w/2 children
(having raised 2 ourselves) can flat out go thru some clothes (& towels!). THEY get far more responsible when tasked the "laundry duties"(and unfortunately the QUARTERS, as in 1/4th DOLLARS).
It's not a "ton" per, OP, it's 3. That's water
, canned goods, dry goods, shampoo, scripts, EVERY STINKING THING YOU NEED TO SURVIVE for 2 wks. I always heard the rule
of 1-1.5T per person, he's just 2x'ed the fig. as You're talking 2 wks. Trust me, he's ALSO Very Right about WHO gets to "manage" where Everybody's EVERYTHING gets Stowed (or not), <-which will lead to the initial disgruntled passengers.
Your challenges are many, "Admiral" satisfaction being the least of them. You wouldn't BUY a daily driver vehicle w/o Test Driving Extensively First, ergo: test drive the philosophy/idea on somebody else's dime via a charter for a week for 3-6k before You go throwing 100k at a dream that may well not turn out Your future reality. Day sailors are a LOT CHEAPER, fyi...
BTDT; it only takes 1 digruntled of that "crew" of Yours for mutiny to be brewing for that entire wk (or 2, or more). Making sure everybody is on board with YOUR dream is STAGGERINGLY important.
Do the test drive.
(My Grandfather always used to say: "Life BEGINS Again when the KIDS Move Out & the Dog Dies"...I only disagree w/the dog part, as ours are wonderful & have their own life jackets...don't ask for keys to the car or college tuition
.....now, if ONLY they could be trained to do the LAUNDRY!