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Soon to be Cruiser with Kid
Ok yes I do have to confess that I have been paying some special attention to this area of Sailnet of late........IOR ratings, the future of the America's Cup and Solarstiks have now all taken a backseat to much more pressing matters such as how to attach a car seat to your cockpit, where to store nappies, lifeline netting and what toys work best aboard.
So yes I am happy to say that my wife and I are expecting our first child mid January!
Now interestingly one of the first thing our non sailing friends say to us is "so when will you guys sell the boat?"
Perhaps even more interestingly one of the first things our sailing friends say to is "Oh so I guess you guys won't be doing much sailing for a while"
So when we tell them that we are actually still planning a year long sabbatical cruise for about June, up the coast, a bit of the Pacific and see how we go......looks of instant horror seem to appear on the faces of experienced and in-experienced folk alike as they begin to gesture wildly at my wife's belly and begin exclaiming "but the baby!"
Are we crazy to still be considering cruising??
Firstly let me say that our plan would see us cruising when bub is 6 months-12 months old. The hope being that by this time, sleep patterns and feeding should all be a lot easier.
Secondly let me say that both my wife and I are competent sailors, and have owned/sailed boats for 10 years. I don't like using the word experienced, because next to some of the people on here and who I have had the privilege to meet we are certainly not that.
Thirdly for the greater part of our cruise, indeed the first 6 months we would be 'day hopping' up the Australian east coast. A family who did this trip with a 6 month old and then later went on to circumnavigate described this route as a perfect way to start to cruising with little ones.
Obviously we will only really know when baby is born and we do try and do this whether it is right for us or not, but would be interested in hearing all your thoughts on our plans??
'Life is either a daring adventure or nothing' - Helen Keller
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Last edited by chall03; 12-15-2010 at 08:49 PM.