Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Southern QLD, Bayside
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Although we werent cruising all of the time, my son has effectively grown up on 'boats''. So about 8 of the last 15 years.
When he was about 5, he would steer with his foot on the tiller (smaller boat than now) and could effectively read a chart - never left alone to do that, but he knew where we were from the beacons in a channel.
The rule was that he had to wear his PFD when úpstairs' so he quickly saw that I should also wear one (only fair!)
I think it was the best part of allowing him responsibility in a school of hard knocks - he is a better young man now for all of it. Now, he can manage sails/ navigate/ anchor etc better than me.
Only got sick twice that I remember. More likely from what he ate, not seasick!.
Anyway, I am grateful for the time I spent with my son on the boat when he was younger - and as for his perspective - he had no alternative! I do believe it was a good experience for him.
Now, at school, his friends have not been sailing/cruising, so he does not have that in common, but I dont that matters at all.
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