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Re: Next summer, living aboard with 3 year old.
At three she'll be quite mobile.. are you planning to add netting along the lifelines and stanchions? I'm guessing you'll have a tall companionway - can she negotiate it on her own yet?
Fortunately most boats (esp the vintage of ours) have very few sharp corners below.. but if you have a bulkhead type of cabin heater you'll want to keep her away from that when it's on. Our son (and now his daughter) grew up on boats, we never had a mishap or an accidental overboard.. when they grow up with it it's 'normal' and they adapt quickly. I'm sure that until she got to preschool our granddaughter had no idea that every kid didn't go sailing every weekend...
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