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We started all our kids in a car seat lashed into the cockpit. That seems to work best as no-one wanted to be left below. Once they're crawling, a short tether (really short) works well. By the time they're two they can go up as far as the mast on a jackline.
We have 6 and so far no-one has taken an "unexpected swim" (knock-knock-knock)

I did have to rescue my oldest daughter's doll once (early May+ Lake Michigan=Brrr!)
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Thanks - how did you arrange sleeping at night time? Just in a bunk or did you use a portable cot - and if so, is there a specific brand designed for use in the confined space of a yacht?
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Thanks for raising this. Yes it is an issue. My grandchildren are not keen on pfds. Yet the concern is standing up in the cockpit or even not standing. Neither a 4 or 2 year old has the ability to brace themselves or even reliably hang on in a wash in calm conditions. I am thinking maybe a restraining line for the kids. I can just imagine a kid going wack against the other side. The kid screaming the mother panicking. It all goes to toast. Staying in a car seat? Have heard of it but my gd wants to catch fish. I want her to too.
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Thanks - how did you arrange sleeping at night time? Just in a bunk or did you use a portable cot - and if so, is there a specific brand designed for use in the confined space of a yacht?
If they're out of the crib, they get a bunk with a lee cloth (all ours are singles). for the babies, we had the sailmaker make a net of webbing that covered the entrance to one of the pilot berths (attached to the berth coaming with those half twist metal fasteners.

Chris-

Our rule is no PFD's, no boat, Period. Harnesses over the top when on deck for 4 and under. Their preferences really don't count. Ours by the time they're 4 really know about "one hand for the boat"

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