The further south we traveled the more we ran into cruising families. It looks like a great lifestyle to me. We saw families working together like we never had before. Perhaps most notably was the talent show in Georgetown
Normally kids perform in school
plays or talent shows, etc. and the parents watch. But in Georgetown
the families performed together. We thought that was really cool. I've never been in a show with my parents.
The challenges of cruising bonded my wife and I together much more closely than our land-based peers... It's not something we really sought out... it just happened. It might be compared to war buddies. Not that cruising is in any way similar to war... but I think there is some kind of comparison in the bond that is formed by going through a challenging experience with another person.
I imagine cruising with kids would have a similar effect of producing a very strong family bond. Again, I don't think that is a reason to go cruising, but it's a nice side-effect.
I LOVE our Lagoon 380
. We bought it specifically for cruising with two kids. I think living space will be fine. If anything I'm more concerned about carrying capacity.
Would we go bigger if we could? There are a lot of variables to that question. We could have bought a Lagoon
410 from Sunsail for the same price
... but then we would lose out on the owners full shower
and desk area.
We could have bought a 410 owners version, but that would mean more years spent working to pay it off and save up a cruising fund.
There are some other considerations as well such as engine
placement, turnbuckle size on the 380 vs 410
The Lagoon 380
owners layout was the right balance for us.