Originally Posted by shadowraiths
.....And finally, I've already taken time getting to know how my running rigging is set up. She's set up with the main halyard (of course), two jib halyards, and a genoa halyard. And everything is running aft for single handing.
...... Imo, getting kids acquainted with sailing early is a pretty neat idea. :-)
Unlikely that a Catalina 27 has 3 jib/genoa halyards (which would all exit below the forestay tang) More likely you've got a spinnaker halyard (with the block outside/above the forestay) as the 3rd one.
Kids and sailing? Naturally!.. I think the key is getting them involved in the handling of the boat asap.. and avoid the electronic gizmos if you can. Our son first 'sailed' at 18 days of age, his daughter at 1 week.. Nearing 30 our son is an active sailor and boat owner himself - very gratifying indeed.