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post #3 of Old 08-06-2012
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Re: Sailing with our 3 year old

Our daughter sailed with us from the time she was six weeks old. When she got to the point where she was able to maneuver around the boat on her own steam, we kept her in a life-jacket and tethered to the boat whenever she was on deck. We also kept netting fitted from the cockpit to the bow pulpit so she, and her toys, couldn't go over the side accidentally. She once went over the side of her cousin's boat--not fitted with safety precautions--one day while we were visiting in Chicago and down at his slip at the muni-marina. It was summer but the Lake was still freezing cold (by our standards). By then she could swim of-course and was promptly scooped out of the water. I don't know who was more surprised/upset, she or her mother, but after that I never got an argument about wearing a life-jacket or tether on deck until she became a teenager. She still wears a life-jacket on deck!


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