Elon, makes the mind spin, doesn't it, when you are released from the terrible cycles of pain you must have endured for many years. You are two weeks postop...so I am guessing that things are progressing nicely with physical therapy. You are still young enough that you should recover nicely and rebuild
muscle and flexibility. But don't get too crazy too quickly...smile. Hard not to get excited after what you just left behind, huh?
Many ways to slice the apple so I won't expound. Just saying to you to bridle
your enthusiasm and channel your dream building into team building...which you seem to have already made a decent effort. If you have the money
look at Catamarans as a sensible thing for family
life. You will understand why once you spend some time on them. You have separation of hulls for privacy, bodily functions like multiple toilets, cooking
, and flopping around in anchorages
that get rolly. The movement through waves is less vomit inducing.
One of the things that is really hard to predict about sailing families is how they will take to an ocean life. You haven't been on board a monohull
in a rolly anchorage where the boat is rolling so much you can't sleep because of being rolled port to starboard. You can't even keep anything on the dinette table without it moving or spilling. It doesn't happen all that often..but it does happen. Don't let anyone tell you don't. When sailing downwind you can get a corkscrew motion going on that can get real sickening. Watch some youtube and you can get a fair idea how nasty that can be.
Many wannabe sailors have this dream of just sailing in 10 knots of wind
and 2 foot swell and everything is tracking beautiful and it is warm and lovely. The reality can be just that if you hit the right weather
window on your charter
. Or it can be blowing 30 knots with a 5 foot swell and the rain is torrential for days.
The platform you choose will have a lot to do with family comfort. Three monkeys vomiting, wife on her back and due to vomit again, ain't no one's idea of a vacation
. Just so you know the absolute truth...and many on this forum can attest to...there are many destinations on this planet where the women just said enough is enough and became mutineers. Just spoke with 2 skippers last week while I was in the Bahamas
whose wives refused to sail any longer with them. Which leaves a man with a costly divorce or loss of boat...or sadly...both.
So, I like the way you are thinking about lessons, chartering, and then see where it goes from there. Take your wife and children
on a nice charter in a beautiful place on a 35+ foot cat and build their appetite. Use strategy and build the dream. Wish you a beautiful recovery and a full and happy life.