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Re: New Father...Advice needed on sailing with kids
We took our daughter, born in December, sailing that summer season. Same with her brother, born in January, a year later.
We brought them in their car seats,(which are baby carriers, make shift cradles for sleeping-for those that don't know). We were both freelancers then, so I was stay at home parent with my daughter for that first season. I took her sailing myself and with a friend or two.
There was always a safe place to stow those baby carriers on board. We didn't use life preservers until they could walk.
We sailed all season with babies. My wife especially thought being aboard -sailing, was the easiest time to care for them.
She felt they were safe, easy, and we would spend 100% of sailing time, just the four of us. It was a unique time, unforgettable, really, for all of us.
I don't think there is too young an age to take kids sailing, as long as the parents are both confident, they're safe.
Tom Young sailing a 1961 38' Alden Challenger, CHRISTMAS out of
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