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First charter with one-year-old... tips and suggestions?
Hello everyone. My wife and I are going out on our first charter (2007 Catalina 350) on the Chesapeake Bay in early July. We are bringing our one-year-old, and another couple and their three-year-old. Our charter will be two nights.
My son is crawling like a champ, but he's not walking yet and I doubt he'll be walking before we leave. Anyway, I'm looking for some tips and suggestions to make the trip easier. We already have his infant PFD and have had him in the swimming pool a few times so he could get used to it.
My plan is to keep the sailing in between destinations as short as possible. For those familair with with Northern Bay, we're headed out of Harve de Grace, MD the first day, to Fairly Creek for the first night. Then the next day will be Fairly Creek to Georgetown, MD. Then the last day will be back to Harve de Grace.
I've already made slip reservations for both nights just to make it easier and so we can get the kids off the boat for a little. I may try anchoring for a little when we first arrive in Fairly Creek, but I'll have to see how the kids are holding up and how we are doing on time.
One of my concerns is sleeping arrangments. My son sleeps in a crib and moves around a lot, so we can't just have him sleep in one of the births unless we are able to somehow stop him from falling off the edge. I've heard of people using leecloths on the quarter birth, but I'm not sure how I would attach one.
Also, I've read about people lashing the car seat to either the settee or the cockpit while underway. Anyone have any pictures or explanations of how exactly to lash it? I dont' know what exactly I would lash it to.