Back in 1987 we met a New Zealand family
with four children
on an ex-Admiral's Cup boat, loa
45'. They had done a Pacific loop. The kids ranged in age from 12 down to 6. They did just fine. The 12 yr. old was a boy, and one of his responsibilities was to take his Solomon Is. canoe and survey
the anchorage for sharks before any of the younger kids could go swimming.....
I like BobnConnies story, too.
There will be many nay-sayers, because people resist quite strongly what threatens their sense of "how it ought to be"...which isn't living aboard
, and many of them will clothe their ideas in the "it's unsafe" dress. Ignore them, feel sorry for them if you must, but know that most landlubbers cannot understand one's living on a boat and raising your kids along the way. They will only argue with you. Ultimately, no one can weigh the dangers because no one can see the future.