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Flying a kite from the deck is always good for an hour or two of enjoyment by the kids... fishing, navigation assistance, cooking, cleaning - great opportunity, no matter the age, to start drumming responsibility into them.
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Ah, great idea (kite flying).... but I have tried that and found it actually rather challenging. Kite kept going in the water. Any hints?
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i'm hoping my 2 yr old does in the sailboat like he does in a motorboat...sleeps!!!!!


I'll find out in a few weeks!
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We've never had an issue with our kite, but it's a decent heavier duty one. I'm not sure why yours keeps ducking into the water.
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...Continued from post #19......
8. Reading
9. Making sculptures from carrots, bell peppers & toothpicks that can be on the menu later in the day.
10. Riding in the bosun's chair hanging from the genoa clew depending on the conditions.
11. Building a "house" on deck with canvass, tarps, line and clips.
12. Water guns.....maybe with some rules
13. Soap bubbles flying downwind
14. ..being towed on a surboard or boogie board depending on location and conditions
15. Puzzles, word games, electronic games.....
Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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10. Riding in the bosun's chair hanging from the genoa clew depending on the conditions.
Whoa... can they really do that? Pics or it didn't happen!
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My son's 32 now and too heavy, but he used to ride the bosun's chair when he was much lighter and over twenty years ago,- broad reach with the genny closer than best performance and flat water and a boat big enough to put about eighty pounds on the clew with around 15 of wind. You can start with your feet on the rail as if you were hiking out. I've done it too, but there's usually not enough in the genoa to lift my feet off the rail. You take the pics! Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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a boat big enough to put about eighty pounds on the clew with around 15 of wind.
And how big would that be? I guess it's a sail area thing.
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And how big would that be? I guess it's a sail area thing.
It would be a 120 genoa on a 41', sure, it has to heft the load. 'the same sail as shown in the avatar.
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And of course you can't forget the halyard swing... we fashioned one from some really heavy netting we found washed up on the shore at Compass Cay in the Bahamas... attach it to a halyard, raise it up to boom height... kids climb on the boom, get on the swing, and then swing around the shrouds. Lots of fun!
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