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What are your kids doing when cruising?

Sailing & swimming.

Here on a 50 day cruise up the BC coast:


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We take our now 7/9 yrs girls every summer on a multi-week trip and they always enjoy it a lot. An important thing to remember is that everyone needs a couple of days at the start to settle in, which we now know is normal. It takes about 3 days to get from the hectic rhythm of land life into the routine on the boat. We also involve our kids in boat handling routines, whenever possible. They take the dinghy and bring out the stern line, they have to steer for 5-10 min a few times a day when the opportunity arises, they help to hoist the sails, etc. We have them involved with all aspects of boat handling. And yes, there are also those times when they play in the cabin, or read or whatever, which after the first 3 days never seems to be a problem. I can only encourage taking kids along. For us it a very enjoyable family experience.
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Re: What are your kids doing when cruising?

My 7-year-old daughter takes the helm on occasion. She even knows to fall off at signs of luffing. She keeps a surprisingly straight track.
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Re: What are your kids doing when cruising?

Kite flying while sailing is a good bet, too - for little ones.

And I wouldn't discount the kids helping out with tasks on board. My 4 going on 5 loves to have certain jobs that are her responsibility - she practices getting fenders ready - she grinds winches -
We also have some fun games - magnetic words - we have little picture dice that she makes stories out of- washable paints are great too!
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Re: What are your kids doing when cruising?

Kite flying is great fun and I have just bought a tiny video camera that records to a micro SD card, going to fix it to the kite this year and see what the video comes out like. I have seen it done before, and the kids like playing on the computer when theres nothing else to do and make movies, so a bit of overhead footage of the boat sailing should be great.
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