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Faster's post is right on.

My wife and I are taking our two girls, ages 9 and 7, on a four-day cruise along coastal South Carolina and Georgia on our C30 on Oct. 25-29. We're going to have them keep a log of what they did and saw -- sort of make them play "marine biologist" for a few days. We've put a lot of miles under the keel together, and we know that keeping them interested in what's going on can be a bit challenging at times. I'd also emphasize Faster's point about teaching them to sail. Take paper charts along, so that they can see where you're going. Get them at the helm.
Good luck.
Sailhog, Can you tell me a little more about your boat?
Have you been happy with it or what would you like different?
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young kids

We have a 3yo girl and 1yo boy. We are going to be doing some extensive cruising with dreams of circumnavigation. We would like to hear from anybody who has that kind of experience.
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Rtwfamily, I have a couple of friends that left to circumnavigate the world with their two young children. They are keeping a log on the web. It might be interesting for you. The link to their logs is on the left side their home page:

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thanks for the link. I will enjoy learning about their adventure. If anybody out there know of similar families underway, please let me know.
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Has anyone spent time sailing around Tampa FL area with their children? Can you share your experiences there?
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Brady,
Sorry for the tardy response... I just saw your question.

Our boat is a 1980 Catalina 30 tall rig. It's perfect for our family (wife and two daughters, ages 9 and 7) for a few days. After that, it starts to feel a little tight. In any case, we sail up and down the coast of South Carolina and on the ICW, and I can't even begin to tell what a wonderful experience it has been. The boat is designed for what we use it for: coastal cruising, and we never use it for anything else. We've sailed in heavier weather on the ICW, but never out on the open Atlantic.

One thing to bear in mind when sailing with children is that you have to plan everything out, and then explain it to everyone. If you're going to come about, you need to tell the kids so that their stack of dominoes or Legos doesn't go flying across the cabin. Also, you need to make sure that you never have to much sail up. When I'm at the helm, I always keep the mainsheet in my hand in the event that I need to dump some air.

Good luck to you. Do whatever you need to do to get your boat. Pull the plug on a hopsitalized great uncle if you need to. Git 'er done...
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More good input from Sailhog.

Especially the "git 'er done" part..

We also have a C30... Same feedback, except that we can go for a week without driving each other crazy.

I must have a nicer family. Hog's problem probably originates with the difficulties he's presently having with his great uncle.

A week isn't long enough for me...

Last year I sent the family back via seaplane, and sailed back myself.

This year, I picked up a different crew for the second week.

WAY cheaper than a bigger boat!

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We also have a C30... Same feedback, except that we can go for a week without driving each other crazy.
Great mind think alike!
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A week isn't long enough for me...

Last year I sent the family back via seaplane, and sailed back myself.
Where did you go?

This is great feedback. Thank you everyone!!!
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Last year, we spent the first week with the family in the San Juans.. Specifically, Hope Island, Rosario on Orcas Island, Friday Harbor, Sidney on Vancouver Island, Roche Harbor, and Fisherman's Bay on Lopez. The Admiral and the kids flew back on a Kenmore Air seaplane. I took an extra couple of days to work on the boat (there's a great chandlery at Fisherman's Bay) and sailed the boat back.

This year, the family part of the cruise was Hope Island, Rosario, Reid harbor on Stuart Island, Bedwell Harbor on South Pender Island, Telegraph Harbor, Sidney, West Beach on Orcas and to Bellingham for a crew change.

With the second crew, we went to Blind Bay on Shaw Island, Friday Harbor, Roche Harbor, Rosario, and Langley on Whidbey Island.

This reminds me that I haven't posted my trip report yet. I will do soon.

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