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Laura - as the others above said, just watch the weather very carefully and make sure you can handle the boat well enough to deal with the conditions. If there is any question about that, it seems that motoring on the ICW is a good way to go. Shelter is good while you're getting up to speed.

I would have loved to have had adventurous parents like you guys. You and your kids are going to have a blast! And from everything I've read about families sailing together, you'll be closer than just about any family out there.

Be safe and have fun.

PS - CruisingDad is a great resource for cruising with kids. He's got a thread on here regarding that. I'll see if I can dig out the link.


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Scott,
I wasn't offended in the least by you calling me psychotic. When I step back and look at what we plan on doing, it is pretty crazy with the kids and all.
I think the kids are why I am a bit hesitant about just going for it now. I am sure if it was just my husband and I, we would definitely do it.
We have discussed heading south and if we felt it was too much for us, turning back, or putting the boat on the hard wherever it was and then returning home. So that is an option.
I appreciate any advice/help you or the other sailnetters have to offer.
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PS - CruisingDad is a great resource for cruising with kids. He's got a thread on here regarding that. I'll see if I can dig out the link.
That would be great. Thanks.
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Be fore you go anywhere give some thought to a safe and secure place for the boys to be when you have to help your husband sail in bad weather. And let them know that when you send them there it is very important that they stay put.

Harnesses and tethers are probably a good idea, for everyone. MOB is hard enough under the best of conditions.

You may want to consider crew or a delivery Capt. to help you get to the ICW.
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I forgot! Don't carry the infant around in one of those heavy baby carriers! I see it all the time and it scares me. Those carriers are as heavy as rocks.
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Mods, can you get rid of Smack and Undine? I'm pretty sure they are the same guy. At the very least they like to take a piss all over a decent thread.
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My apologies Undine. You just seemed to be channeling Smack, who we all know is a eunuch.
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Experienced crew or captain is a good idea. That would definitely give me peace of mind having someone with experience on board. Hopefully they wouldn't mind being too crowded by all of us. Would I just post under the "crew wanted" section when we are ready to go?
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