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post #6 of Old 12-14-2010
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Lin and Larry Pardey have their third edition of Capable Cruiser published in 2010. They have a chapter “The Question of Cruising and Kids”. This is an upbeat chapter and is a description of various families with children with practical suggestions thrown in where appropriate. I will mention a few items from the chapter that might influence the choice of boats and cruising. “Boat size didn’t affect the kids we met”. “The very young cruising children we’ve met not only seem to thrive on board but also provide an instant attraction wherever they go…The relative healthiness of cruising children is amazing…safety is a far bigger worry with children afloat…only heard of this one drowning of a child…many young parents insist…children wear flotation vests constantly, morning to night…Once she could swim, we had to take our chances and teach her to be careful…Couples who have a child under three on board usually find that the husband has to sail as a singlehander while the wife works full time as mother and safety officer”. After age 14 children may want to start planning their own life. Parents who wish to enjoy sailing with children need a separate private space for each kid no matter how small. A dinghy for kids is recommended, especially one with sails. The book goes on about all the positive experiences of sailing with children. The book also has sections on boat selection, design, cost, insurance, medical, gear, safety, sails, tenders, outfitting, canvas care, steering failure, repairs at sea, safety aloft, keeping your lover, first time voyagers, communication, writing, photos, engine quitting, various problems sailing and anchoring.
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