If you are intent on staying with a power boat
, or if you decide to try sailing, for your purpose, I would consider a cat. For a power boat
, here is an example:
1985 C&C Logical Power Cat Boat For Sale
Granted, these boats will likely exceed your current
cash reserve, but the savings in operating costs would allow for financing
The benefits to a cat for a family
of five are more separate spaces. From a safety
standpoint, the stability, and deck
space is a real advantage.
I will not impose my own opinion about sail vs. power, but regardless of which you choose, a cat will likely provide for a more comfortable transition for you, and your kids
, from a home to a boat. A power cat will also give much better fuel
economy than a planing hull
, and better than just about any power mono.
I would also suggest trying a charter
on a similar boat to what you are thinking of. This will give you a good idea of how you and your family
cope with living on a boat.
I love this life, but to think back to my ex, if we had tried it, it would have been no fun for either of us. It really is the little annoyances that you can ignore on land. A boat is a small space. If your ten year old snores like a chain saw, guarantee everyone will be awake. Those dishes that your 14 year old refuses to get too, will be a much bigger imposition. That science project
that your 9 year old is building on the saloon
table will be the center piece of your living space.
I encourage you to take this path, but would encourage you to, if you have not already, take a hard look at things like this.