When I started sailing in 2003 my kids were 9, 5 (daughters) , and 2 (son). I wish I had magical advice for you, but I don't. My oldest never liked the boat and still doesn't care for it. The middle one is OK with the boat. She loves swimming off of it but gets bored on trips longer than 2 hours. My son does like spending time on the boat, sleeping, fishing, swimming. None of them have any real interest in sailing. I put them on the wheel from time to time, have them trim sails, try to teach them about sailing, but, truth be told, they are not interested.
I have found that the best way to keep them happy (especially when they were younger) was stops to swim or fish, lots of snacks, and things like that.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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