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post #11 of 56 Old 03-09-2011
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* A 5-year old is NOT going to be interested in boat handling. It's a grown-up thing and they sense that. Maybe the 8-year old, but don't bet on it. It's not fun until they can really drive, perhaps about 12 (which is when they let them be safety patrols in school--there's a reason).
How different kids are. Last summer my 6yo took the helm for miles at a time and was very diligent about traffic, buoys, wind direction and etceteras. She is totally into charts and picks everything up fast. My 8yo just couldn't do it yet.

We always let the kids watch DVDs in the evening. Why not? They get plenty of sailing, swimming, hiking, and such the rest of the day. Plus we can do our own thing with friends that aren't kid oriented anyway.

We also try to stop for a treat like ice cream once a day. It's amazing how such a small thing can make a child's whole day.

But underway it's mostly sitting on the bow, sitting on the submerged rail, reading, playing games, and toys in the cockpit.


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I can attest to Georgedogs daughter loving everything about their boat. Giving them space and thinks which they love to do as well as teaching them to respect and love nature isthe best thing you can do for them.

It heartens my wife and I to see families together on weekends without IPods, I pads, Smartphone attached to their arms.

Also to answer the question...my 29 year old daughter is required to stay topsides with her husband...we do not want to interrupt them having sex down below.

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my 29 year old daughter is required to stay topsides with her husband...we do not want to interrupt them having sex down below.
You're rather interrupt them on the deck?

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LOL, kids will always be kids no matter the age
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At the moment this is pretty much all my daughter gets up to!



I am hoping she might at least be able to help me hoist the main within a couple of weeks...
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At the moment this is pretty much all my daughter gets up to!
Beautiful shot.... very jealous as our dear daughter has only had a brief visit to the boat so far. Cherish this time, because soon she'll need a lot more space

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At the moment this is pretty much all my daughter gets up to!
Nice shot... I'm sure she's keeping an eye on the windex from there!

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I give my 7 year old (he was 6 last season) the responsibility of our pre-trip checklist. He enjoys checking each item on the boat and then checking it off on the list.

Once under sail, I let him sit across from me in the cockpit and give him the tiller. He also likes to help with the sheets and halyards (he thinks he’s helping anyhow)

When he begins to get bored (which doesn’t take long at this age) I let him play with his PSP in the cabin, but that doesn’t last long, as we try to find exciting things for him to see (other boats, birds, planes, etc…).

He looks forward to lunch, and when the wind dies (as it does so often around noon on the Finger Lakes) we anchor and enjoy a nice swim/float, with life jackets, and a loooooong stern line to hold onto.

The key is to keep them involved, without letting them get bored!
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Although our children are older now and off on their own, they grew up cruising aboard from infancy to adulthood. Our boat was their home at the dock as well, so there was less to adapt to while cruising, but these are some of their offshore activities:
1. steering while "shooting" at clouds or stars through a paper towel roll "sight" that was taped to the rigging forward.
2. dressing up as characters and presenting short plays.
3. dragging toy vessels from a cord on the aft rail.
4. making assorted snack trays during the mid-day.
5. spoting satellites during the first hours of darkness after sunset.
6. drawing and painting
7. treasure hunting by following a sequnce of prepared clues,- each clue leading to the next clue in a hidden place until the final treasure,-usually a simple toy
......and many more that I can't recall
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