Catalina 38 Avantura
Join Date: Aug 2000
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We hav a 5 year old and 3 1/2 year old. This will be our third season in a 38 footer. The best thing we did (especially four our hearts) was install safety netting on all of the lifelines. I keeps them in, and keeps us from having a heart attack every time they go near the sides.
Other than that, we keep life jackets on them at all times they are out of the cabin or on the dock. Get the good ones with the head floation and the grab loop on the back. The loop has another good use besides helping to fish them out of the water after they fall off of the dock (happened twice); they make a great short leash when they are not listening while walking down the dock or through the parking lot.
We also bought them harnesses and tethers, but have never used them. If it gets rough enough, they just stay in the cabin and play.
Also have a large fishing net handy for retreiving the stuff they lose over the side; intentionally or unintentionally.