Thanks for that. The advice got me thinking of other possibilities as well. In answer to the above – rear sheeted it’s 3:1 but still hard work for a very lightweight.
The rear benches are in – means we can sit in but also provides plenty of quick access stowage underneath.
The intention is to pick conditions – reef appropriately, etc. Given sizes/weights I think the kids up front and one adult astride the thwart and crossing when needed would be a good start although we could achieve all the suggestions above.
You’ve made me realise the obvious, like everything else you need to be adaptable. The discussion made me think about longer leisurely tacks and looking for destinations that largely involve reaching or have sheltered routes.
Any further suggestions appreciated. Wish I knew the proper way to answer on the forums!