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If anything it is more the parents than the kids. Kids love it if the parents do and they adapt very well and easily to boat life.. Our daughter turned 3 on Saturday and already has lots of nm under her belt..

She loves talking to the seals:


And Dora in the "romper bed":


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I loved it as a kid and so does our daughter. All winter she has been asking when we're going sailing and for dinghy rides.

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All: I would really like to thank everyone for your help. I showed my wife this link and she thought the pictures everyone put up of their kids on the boat were adorable.

My wife and I will take the next week or two to think this over. I don't think the Catalina 30 will sell during that time (i'm keeping my fingers crossed). The more I think about this, the more comfortable I am putting our two youngsters on the boat.

Maybe, this is the time to pitch the idea of getting a 34 foot boat to my wife..... you know, the added space in the cockpit??!!

thanks again and I'll let you know how this works out.

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The best times we have as a family are on the boat! Both kids were sailing with us at two months old, the first sailboat was a 20' Buccaneer too





Riding the dingy





Some Eastern Shore corn



Lunch in the cockpit


A quick shot with the sunset just before bedtime


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Not to go off topic, but has anyone used a children's harness? If so, which one, I saw one in the WM catalog and am thinking of getting two.

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FWIW, I bet the aft bunk on the C30 would be just right for the kids. Good luck

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Talking Ah ha

I see some dirt there MaineSail??? Whats going on


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It is just amazing that t37chef has such cute kids... he must have a lot of recessive genes on his side of the family...
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The best times we have as a family are on the boat! Both kids were sailing with us at two months old, the first sailboat was a 20' Buccaneer too

Riding the dingy





Some Eastern Shore corn



Lunch in the cockpit


A quick shot with the sunset just before bedtime


This one needs no title


Not to go off topic, but has anyone used a children's harness? If so, which one, I saw one in the WM catalog and am thinking of getting two.

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Some good friends of ours have a couple of young'ins (3 and 5) that are on the boat what seems like 90% of their sailing days, race or cruise, and have been since they were toddlers. We've had them out with us on our boat as well and keep at least a couple of kids life jackets on board so non-sailing friends have no 'but the kids' excuses. First thought, a C30, or any boat for that matter, is a play palace for kids. Keys to happiness: snacks and drinks, favorite toys, and blankets or sleeping bags for inevitable naps. Every kid who gets on our boat just has to use the head, so be prepared. During races, kids go below for mark roundings, but other than that, hang out in the cockpit or sit up on the rail with the regulars. Kids seem to love hanging out in the quarter berth underway, particularly if you have opening ports they can see into the cockpit. We're all very supportive of their 'distraction' and just understand that's part of the deal if you're going to sail on their boat. In the end, when the kids are grown, the memories and family bonding that occurs is well worth the time spent being a bit less efficient. To the original poster, yes, learn to sail, but I'm with those in the thread that say it's never the wrong time to get the kids out on the water.
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our kids (now 7 & 9) have been on board since they were babies. and now it is easy and they can't wait to go out again this year.
I think barry & the others totally hit the nail on the head: one parent sails, the other one takes care of the kids. and if you are new to sailng or your boat, you may need to go out many days without kids to feel comfortable with it. the lifejacket rule is of upmost importance - our kids don't go onto the dock or up the companionway without it on, and they don't question it. totally non-negotiable rule. when they were really young & we were doing something that required both parents, then we would put them below with some treats etc, and put the bottom board in so that we knew they wouldn't be able to get up the companionway. Ya, they cried bloody murder for the 10 minutes it took to do whatever it was, but it was safer than having them underfoot. we started with maximum 2 hours sails (closest island) in calm conditions only and would time our trips for nap time or sleep on board the night before & leave early in the am, so they would be sleeping still for most of the trip. even now our boy still takes a nap when we go out (although it never seems long enough!)
hope this helps, good luck, have fun
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It is just amazing that t37chef has such cute kids... he must have a lot of recessive genes on his side of the family...
Hey, I resemble that remark

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Damn, I thought you were never going to notice...
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