Originally Posted by krisscross
Great story, thank you for sharing. Love the happy ending!
I remember taking my 'big' boat out with my kids. They were pretty small but I gave them each a very specific task to do on the boat. It was somewhat useful to me but it was also very important to them - they did not feel like passengers, but like a crew. They have great memories from those sailing days. If I was to comment on your trip, that is what I would have done differently - give all these folks something 'important' to do.
The shortage was in my telling of the story.
The father was at the helm
The daughter was positioned to throw me the stern line.
The Cousin was tailing and doing lazy sheet etc.
The wife was lookout and did a good job.
I totally agree I let people help as much as they are able.