Originally Posted by Zevirii
So because of these reasons I think time is the best solution. I am just going to have to persue my interest in sailing when ever I get the chance, and maybe in a year or so from now, she will see this is not just another "whim", but a serious lifestyle that I think I would love.
I think you're on the right track, but look out for the "I" statements...
At the moment, my wife loves sailing as much as I, and she's not going to let me get ASA certifications that she doesn't have, so we're both budging time and money for the 105 and 106 certifications next summer (offshore prep). Given her enthusiasm over the last 18 months, I don't think her interest is going to fade, but she's serious about being well-prepared if we have the kids along, meaning that we won't have an offshore boat before we have real experience.
Now, if I rolled the clock back to when my son was 2 and my daugher 5 months old, none of this would be occurring. I doubt I could have even managed to buy or own a boat. As much as my wife likes sailing today, our focus was really on the kids when they were so young.
Just an opinion-- but I don't think we would have been super comfortable doing any sort of week-long cruises until our kids were five years old and up. Other families sail with newborns, other moms are fine with two year-olds aboard, but in our case five was the number. Until then, we did more kid-centered vacations and weekend stuff. I don't have regrets-- kids grow up wicked fast anyway, so really the break from certain things is minor in the long run.
So, take your time. Enjoy the sub-three years. It'll all be a memory soon.
Meanwhile, I need to go hop in the car and drive to our boat. We're taking out the kids and two members of my wife's club for a sail tonight.