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post #5 of Old 04-30-2003
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Safety netting for children

We just returned from a three year Atlantic circut with our 5 year old son. He was 2 1/2 when we left. We never had netting on the boat. My husband felt that is was false security. Instead we always used life jackets and harness. Plus he learned to swim by three years old. Also he knew Never to go on deck. In the meantime, kiddies with netting were often seen crawling monkey style up the netting. Also one child fell over board, at anchor, because the netting became damaged by the sun. Now what netting Is great for is saving toys! After three years that is all that we lost overboard. Good luck, Cindy
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