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Re: Geting started in the PacNorWest.

You may want to chat with sailers at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club

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Re: Geting started in the PacNorWest.

I have found a sailing school, and convinced my wife to go for her ASA101. that way she can make her own call on how she likes it and learn with out me interfering. just curious what a good time of year is. I know up hear in the PNW the summers are best for sun and warmth, but the wind dies down. any suggestions?
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I know up hear in the PNW the summers are best for sun and warmth, but the wind dies down. any suggestions?
Sail in the summer anyway, or late spring, or early fall.


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Regarding how to introduce the family to sailing: learn to sail first; and identify a boat or a charter; and take them out on some idyllic, sunny, light wind, bluebird kind of day.

I'm a Child Development specialist and what Faster said in the second post, about kids, is spot-on. Buy that toddler his own set of inexpensive binoculars (real binoculars, not a toy but nothing expensive) and maybe a small mesh seine dip net for seeing what's in the water by the beach.

I'm sure that you have many sailing schools and charters in your area. I chartered a boat and took classes in Vancouver B.C just two hours north of you. The sailors in their club there all have heaters on their boats and sail all year around.

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Re: Geting started in the PacNorWest.

The local Parks and Recreation has this program form kids:

https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/c...sailing-center


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Between about now and the end of April (maybe even into May) you can pretty reliably find grey whales in the area between Whidbey & Camano Islands - more south towards Langley I think. They feed in the shallow water (often on the east side north of Everett). That might keep the kids interested for a bit.
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I really appreciate the impute and just thought that this might be like camping but a bit more fun.
For the two-year-old, the time on the boat is more like a long trip in the family minivan. But if you take a brief trip across the bay to an island or beach, whether you sleep on the boat or pitch a tent on the beach, it can be a good camping trip.
I think the smaller boats that you're looking at, to stay under that 26 foot limit, will do fine while your kids are little. They'll grow up fast and your family will outgrow that boat quickly but that gives you a couple of years of sailing before you have to upgrade. During that time you will gain a lot of skill and learn a lot about what your family needs next.

I took my kids on family canoe floats on Missouri Ozark streams as soon as they were old enough to sit up and have a lifejacket strapped on them. They are both good campers and I learned two things: small children do not tolerate sitting in a boat just watching the scenery go by as well as adults do. They get bored.; 2) getting an actual canoe seat for them made all the difference in the world, rather than having them sit in a puddle in the bottom of the boat. More frequent stops to play on a sandbar proved to be important.
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Re: Geting started in the PacNorWest.

Glad I found this site. Got 2 youngsters and been thinking a lot of the same questions. Thanks
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