Quote: "It absolutely doesn't matter, except just thinking of which boats might more available where we are based.."
Hm... I would think that the locations where large cruising boats are taken, and then discarded because the reality of cruising differs from the dream of it, would not really include the UK. The Caribbean
and the Med would be more like it :-).
Another consideration is that boats being sold
out of the charter trade
are likely to be more plentiful than are boats that have been in knowledgeable, caring hands for many years, and charter
boats are more likely to be home ported in the Med or the Caribbean
I thought of Radiant
because in addition to being a handsome little ship, she seems particularly well suited to a small family
. Each of your two kids, still a little young to ship out as “snotties”, can have a private space to "grow into", and a space, no less, that is not only MIDSHIPS, but also SMALL enough to be secure while on passage
. You might need a "doggie hoist" at the main companionway
, but the main boom is there to help you with that :-)
and Jimmie would also have sea berths midships to use while on passage, while, for use when alongside or on the hook, the forward cabin
could be easily modified to accommodate “grown up” activities.
And to top it all off, the “Great Cabin” aft would obviously be a lovely space for general family
activities, and indeed for such things as “home schooling” which, presumably, your kids would have to undertake :-)
rigged, her main is small enough that a woman's physical strength will suffice to handle it in a blow, and Radiant's
“quarter deck” with its gear
for handling the mizzen seems to me to be a perfect place for teaching kids “the ropes”.
Oh, my — I'm getting carried away :-0)!