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post #19 of Old 01-07-2013
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Re: A family day... what do sailors do?

Teenagers have their own priorities, but we've established a couple of routines that keeps them coming back.

First, we've allowed our kids to bring one friend on a week long cruise. You have to keep the sailing reasonably tame, but I've never seen a teenager not enjoy being out on Block Island, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket, with a Cuttyhunk stop over.

The other program was having my teenage daughter get to invite as many of her friends for a day focused on just them. It was a day sail to go swimming. I give them each a job, like grind that winch, when I tell you too. Or I put one at the helm and point at that house on the shore. We took pics of them all jumping off the side decks and posing before hitting the water. I got hundreds of pics. We blew up a half dozen tubes and tied them together, so they could just float together (and away from the adults!). Then BBQ back at the marina, smores and all !! Last round, we had 8 teenagers aboard and 2 adults! All the kids slept aboard that evening.

They beg to do it again!! It really feels good.

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Jeanneau 54DS

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