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Cruising with children

We only go out for a month at a time, but do have an active 11-year-old aboard. We encourage her to take part in sail handling and prepared her by sending her to sailing school. We make a big deal about locating the bookshops in each port and how it is a treat to buy a book or two, so she curls up with a book when the weather is rough or is just a bit bored during a passage. Also, what crafts or skills is your child developing (as he grows a bit more)? We saw our daughter''s interest in sketching and provisioned accordingly. Ropework projects can help pass a lot of time too. It also pays to have on board a few good books covering the flora and fauna of the areas you will travel in. Oh, yes, last but not least--a separate cabin for your child keeps the clutter out of the salon and your cabin...usually. And, don''t forget the family pet(s).
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