Originally Posted by smackdaddy
Thanks Mike. That means a lot.
I do have a serious question though on the kids...
When something crazy and fast is blowing in like that, is it better for them to be below or in the cockpit? I did forget to drop in the hatchboards prior to the blast (and definitely should have) - but in retrospect, it still kind of freaks me out to think about shuttering them in down there. My wife and I and our friends were up top and all the kids were below.
What do you think?
Kids belong below in a storm is my opinion. but never have the companionway boards locked or pined. Your kids are old enough to side back the the overhead companionway hatch
or escape though a regular hatch
. If not it is time to teach them. practice with life vests
on. I found the easiest way was to make a game out of it. I would tell Michael I needed him on deck by way of the forward hatch
or by way of the companionway. sometimes I would tell to come up on deck though one of the hatches
and go below though the companionway and button it up behind him. i kept life vests
in the cabin where the kids could get to them easily. When the weather gets rough I would tell the kids to get below and into vests and I know they would as we had drilled doing it. there are enough things going on above deck that the kids must able to do things for themselves.
It's funny how things change, due to my heart pump
i can not get wet as the batteries and the computer controller are on the outside of my body. The last storm we were in, it was my son telling me to go below. As long as he doesn't tell me to get my fat ass up though the forward hatch things will be OK.