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post #9 of Old 08-07-2012
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Re: Improving Children's Forum

Hope you guys have a ball with the boat.

We regularly sail with our (nearly) 2 year old and have just returned from fulltime cruising with her aboard.

It pays to set the boat up to be as easy to singlehand as possible. The only time we have issues really now is sometimes hoisting the main and entering/exiting a slip.( Mummy is up the front, Daddy is on the helm and she wants to help out with everything)

Like anything the more you do it, the easier it all becomes. We actually find sailing with our daughter no more challenging than a trip to the shops. Safety is obviously a big focus, but we take the time to cross our t's and dot our i's and then happily venture out knowing we are in good shape.

'Life is either a daring adventure or nothing' - Helen Keller

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