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Old 09-05-2012
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We did it! We took our 3 week old sailing today!

We've barely been able to get out of the house for the three weeks since little Medsailor was born. Today though we had a favorable slack current at our slip to come and go for a 4 hour sail so we decided it would be a good test of what it's like to take the little guy out before we actually do an overnight or longer trip.

Here's what we learned:

1: For starters, we really aren't day sailors. I felt totally lost without a destination to head for. "which way? How about that way and then back again?"

2: The boat should be set up to singlehand as much as possible. You never know when a screaming baby will require the attention of one of us, leaving the boat to the other. This is the single biggest thing we learned I think.

3: Little guy may not be a budding sailor after all but rather a budding powerboater! He is soothed by the sound of our noisy perkins engine...

4: The car seat is the place to be for the little guy.

Any tips from you infant sailing veterans?

One questions I had: aren't boaters below a certain age required to wear a life jacket at all times? The infant lifejacket with it's HUGE head float/collar would not be compatible with being in a car seat, or breast feeding. The coast guard did buzz us but didn't board us. I wonder how it would have went if he was in his car seat which was strapped to the settee but not wearing his lifejacket??

"True, your boat will outperform mine to windward, but my boat will always outperform yours at anchor." --MedSailor
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