I've enjoyed this forum very much.
I'm looking to cruise
for a year with wife and five kids
of all ages.
I've been sailing all my life on various boats and lived on a small sailboat for a year and a houseboat for a year so I know some of what I'm getting myself into. We've focused on a sailing cat as boat of choice.
Our "for certain" plans include a year of East Coast/Bahamas/Caribean cruising. Certainly thoughts of a crossing or circumnav for another year or so are in my sights but this would depend on how the first year goes as well as financial considerations.
So two big ?s (yes i've been reading every book/blog/forum I've had time for)
1) To the families out there cruising, has the leap from steady job and available stateside services particularly with kids
in mind, to the cruising lifestyle long term been all that you hoped it would? Has ur wife and kids been overall happy with your life at sea? What, if anything would you do different?
Yes an open ended question.
2) Has anyone made a long term lease
situation work for a year, and if so how; or would most people definately favor buying
? (I'm well researched on the buying
side, but mostly in the dark on any type of long term lease
or co_ownership scenario.)
Thanks for your help