Welcome Aboard MadHatter!
Taking a long cruise in the tropics with your children
sounds like a great plan to me and I bet your future voyage will be a very special family
time. I can imagine if I had children
how excited I would be to share that kind of experience with them. Lots of potential to see new things, learn much, and have fun together as a family too.
I truly wish I could have done this with my own parents and with my own children too (if I had any). Such a special opportunity!
On this forum site there are also some "social groups" that are more focused on special interests, and as I saw, they can be fun for their members. I am not a member
of those groups, but you should be able to find them if you do some exploring of the forum website, go to Community tab and look for "Groups" or click the link below.
Cruisers & Sailing Forums - All Groups
Here are two from the many you might find appealing:
It is for women sailors and boat owners. It has 206 members. http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...oup%7E%7E.html
Cruising with Kids Group
Best wishes for a safe and fun voyage for you all.